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"My two business degrees from LSSU were instrumental in preparing me to work at all levels of Edison Sault Electric (ESE), concluding with the privilege of becoming ESE President in 1998. My company also takes pride in that 14 out of a total of 17 management personnel and about 20% of hourly employees at ESE either have degrees from or have attended a substantial number of classes at LSSU. Finally, our company and employees have contributed in excess of $500,000 to various LSSU projects over the last 25 years. ESE Believes in Blue."

Don Sawruk '70
Edison Sault Electric Company
President and CEO
Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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Skate Fenders

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Skate Fenders were created by Frank McClelland with the assistance from project manager David Leach of Lake Superior State University’s Product Development Center. Respond Inc. developed the unique product “Skate Fenders” and gained a first mover advantage in the United States as a durable product designed to protect the player from common foot injuries in ice hockey. The product is manufactured through injection molding with high grade polycarbonate. The company currently offers two different versions of the Skate Fenders product, the Full Pro Model and the Compact Pro Model in two sizes.

 

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Recently, Dr. Wilhelms' International Business Law students assisted Mr. McClelland in his efforts to take Skate Fenders international.

Aubrey Ekblad, Aaron Burzynski, Cameron Penny, Nathan Stump, Noel Granger, and Quinn Kelly worked closely with Eric Becks, a project manager, from the Prototype Development Center, and Frank McClelland, the inventor, to investigate the potential for improving the market presence in the European market. The students studied countries such as Germany, The Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Spain, and Switzerland. In addition to the country analysis, the students developed a push and pull marketing strategy specifically targeting the use of Social Media.

Junior Nathan Stump who was a part of the International Business Law class stated that, “Working on the Skate Fenders project has helped me understand the proper steps it takes to send a product overseas. It  has taught me how to research tariffs and develop individual marketing strategies based on the different demographics in each separate nation.”

The team of students presented their findings to Skate Fenders management on December 14th, 2012.

International Business

Noel Granger

"My goal is to find a school that suits my interests and has a student-teacher ratio that allows the teacher to know my name and have time for my questions. I would like to be able to sit in the front of the class and enjoy the knowledge around me."

After completing my first semester at LSSU, I feel like I have accomplished my goal of finding a small school that really cares about the education of their students. [ more ]

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