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THE KINGSFORD FACILITY for Lake Shore Systems Inc. The company will be renamed Trident Maritime Systems-Heavy Equipment Group on Saturday as it becomes part of Arlington, Va.-based Trident Maritime Systems. (Photo by Betsy Bloom/Daily News)

KINGSFORD — Lake Shore Systems Inc. will change its name to Trident Maritime Systems-Heavy Equipment Group effective Saturday, the company said.

Lake Shore, a leading designer and manufacturer of heavy equipment for the marine and mining industries since 1858, is integrating with Trident Maritime Systems, said Lake Shore President and CEO Jessica Frost.

Trident, based in Arlington, Virginia, is a leading provider of turnkey marine systems and solutions for government and commercial vessels, new construction, retrofits and repairs in the United States and abroad. The companies have worked side by side for decades and will now join forces to provide a comprehensive network of integrated services that will better serve customers around the world, Frost said.

Lake Shore and Trident Maritime Systems are owned by JF Lehman & Co.

Lake Shore has maintained its primary manufacturing and engineering facilities on the Upper Peninsula for over 160 years. Current primary locations include Kingsford, Iron River and Ontonagon, as well as Rhinelander, Wis.

Lake Shore Systems Inc. will rename Trident Maritime Systems-Heavy Equipment Group on Saturday. (Photo by Betsy Bloom/Daily News)

New signs will be installed at each Lake Shore facility in early January and integration efforts will continue through 2022. All Lake Shore facilities will remain open and all employees will be retained.

The new Trident Maritime Systems-Heavy Equipment Group will continue to operate as a designer and manufacturer of safe, reliable and innovative equipment and solutions to the marine and mining industries, Frost said.

“It’s a great group of people who care about our work and our customers, and it shows,” she says. “As we begin the new year, we are thrilled to join the Trident family and look forward to many more successful years.”

Lake Shore products are found on all U.S. Navy surface vessels and include shipboard cranes, anchor handling systems, elevators, ramps and doors, to name a few. . The Company’s Cannon Mining product line includes drill jumbos, roof bolters, ANFO rigs, scalers and utility trucks for the underground hard rock mining industry. The company employs approximately 500 people, primarily in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.

Lake Shore began business as Lake Superior Foundry Co. in Marquette on July 14, 1858. While the company has adapted to changing markets over time, it has always focused on marine and mining equipment. At first, Lake Shore made equipment for iron ore mines and Great Lakes freighters. In 1910, the company became Lake Shore Engine Works.

In 1938 Iron Mountain’s Service & Supply Co. merged with Lake Shore Engine Works and the company became known as Lake Shore Engineering Co. Wayne Oldenburg purchased the company in 1987 when it became part of Oldenburg Group Inc. JF Lehman & Co. acquired the business in 2016, bringing it back to the Lake Shore name.

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