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Congratulations to Ponsse North America on 20 years in the USA!

Check out their 20th Anniversary in the USA webpage and video!





Michigan trade delegation to Finland being planned for 2016

To mark its first anniversary, the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan and Michigan Economic Development Corporation are organizing a trade delegation from Michigan to visit Finland in 2016.   The objective of the delegation is to develop business opportunities for Michigan companies and to showcase Michigan as an investment destination for Finnish companies.  Industries that will be emphasized include forestry, bio/alternative energy and advanced manufacturing.  Eight to twelve companies are sought to participate; financial and matchmaking assistance is provided from MEDC, subject to requirements.  For more information contact  


Celebrate St. Urho's Day! - Monday 3.16 from 5-7pm at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton

The Michigan Tech Keweenaw Alumni Chapter would like to invite you to join them for a social to celebrate St. Urho's Day!




Monday, March 16, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Keweenaw Brewing Company
408 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI  49931


No cost - A cash bar will be available


*The legend of St. Urho says he chased the grasshoppers out of ancient Finland, thus saving the grape crop and the jobs of Finnish vineyard workers. He did this by uttering the phrase: "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen" (roughly translated: "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go to Hell!"). His feast is celebrated by wearing the colors Royal Purple and Nile Green. St. Urho is nearly always represented with grapes and grasshoppers as part of the picture. To read more about St Urho, go to



Join us in welcoming the Lapland University of Applied Sciences Clean Snowmobile Challenge team. Friday, February 27 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Shelden Grill in Houghton

The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Upper Michigan will be sponsoring an informal meet and greet to welcome the Lapland University of Applied Sciences Clean Snowmobile Challenge team on Friday, February 27 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Shelden Grill in Houghton. This is the first time a team from outside of North America will be competing in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge. There will be a cash bar. Everyone is welcome! 



Come hear about new forest product innovations by Hannu Vilkkilä, Project Engineer, JAMK University of Applied Sciences - February 25 at 4:30 at the Lakeshore Center

Date: February 25, 2015 – 4:30PM

Location: Michigan Tech Lakeshore Center Community Room

There is no charge; all are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Mr. Vilkkilä will discuss a forest products harvester sawdust collector, patented in Finland, along with new ideas that have resulted from it. He will discuss commercial product development and business opportunities in the United States and worldwide. The team at JAMK is currently developing a follow up product that is a biodiesel operating harvester for diesel/wood biodiesel or hybrid electricity and wood gas.

 This is an opportunity for firms who would like to join us in developing these innovations and then to develop commercial products from these methodologies.  

 For more information contact: Melissa Davis, Managing Director of the New Power Tour, Inc. (906) 281-5986.  This event is co-sponsored by KEDA.

Michigan Tech’s Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2015, March 2-7, 2015, to feature team from Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

For the first time, this year’s Michigan Tech SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge will feature a team from outside of North America as the Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi, Finland will be entering an electric snowmobile into the competition. The SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) is an engineering design competition for college and university student members that challenge engineering students to reengineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. In addition to the Finnish team, 20 other universities from across the USA and Canada will compete in the event. In the photo from left to right: Jori Niskanen, Matti Autioniemi, Jarno Hietalahti, Ari Karjalainen and Hanna Viertola


Heikinpäivä, Hancock's mid-winter festival, Saturday, January 31

Come celebrate Heikinpäivä, Hancock's mid-winter festival, Saturday, January 31. The Finnish American Chamber of Commerce plans to march in the parade in downtown Hancock beginning at 11am on Saturday. For a list of all the Heikinpäivä activities go to


Finlandia University to celebrate Finland’s Independence Day

HANCOCK, Mich. — In keeping with a now-97-year tradition, Finlandia University will celebrate the independence of the country of its founders on Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center on Quincy Street in Hancock.

 This year’s program will feature a variety of local talent, ranging from youth folk dancers, to vocal and instrumental musical talents, to a dramatic reading. The evening will conclude with a dance.  Also at this event, the City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee will proclaim the 2015 selection of Hankooki Heikki, the person honored for his or her contributions to Finnish culture in the area.


 As the dance band plays, the Kivajat and Loistavat youth folk dancers will provide tasty Finnish treats and will be accepting donations to help fund their trip to Finland in July 2015 for the Tanssiva Turku dance festival. They’re intending to send 33 dancers across the ocean for the festival, so all assistance is appreciated.


 The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome.




Minimizing Start-Up Risk: The Finnish Experience, Thursday, October 30 at 5pm, SmartZone Powerhouse Bldg in Houghton

Join MTEC SmartZone, Finlandia University and the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce, along with Dr. Jari Luomakoski for a networking event about minimizing risk when starting a business. This event will be on Thursday, October 30 at 5pm at the MTEC SmartZone Powerhouse Building, 100 Lakeshore Drive in Houghton. 

Dr. Luomakoski will share his extensive experience with start-up businesses from his ventures in the Finnish business world. Dr. Jari Luomakoski is a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at North Central State College, Ohio. He comes from Helsinki, Finland and has been working this semester with the Division of Business, Industry and Technology at NCSC. He is a senior lecturer at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences specializing in international business and service marketing.

Prior to his teaching career Dr. Luomakoski held executive positions in e-business ventures in B2B and B2C fields, was an entrepreneur in international trading, import/export businesses and construction business.

To RSVP for this event email, or call 487-7000.


The 16th Annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival, September 21-26 in Chicago, Hancock and Calumet

The 16th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival will be presented by Finlandia University from September 21 to September 26, 2014, in Chicago, Hancock, and Calumet.

This year's festival musicians will feature classical pianist, Kristina Annamukhamedova, whose repertoire will feature the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Sibelius, and a female a cappella vocal group, Ensemble Norma, whose music straddles folk, pop and jazz.

The festival's western Upper Peninsula series of concerts and events begins on Tuesday, September 23  at 10:30 a.m., Norma Ensemble will perform at The Bluffs in Houghton. A free Meet the Musicians event will be presented at 7:00 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock. The musicians will discuss their lives as musicians, and present informal performances.


A special classical piano concert will also be scheduled at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock, on September 24 at 2:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 24 a folk dance, led by professional folk dancing instructors,  will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center. The dance will feature live music from area musicians. Admission is $10.00; Finlandia students attend free.

The grand finale festival concert is on Friday, September 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre, Calumet, Mich., with all musicians giving full-length performances.  Tickets are $15.00; $5 for students; Finlandia students attend free.

For additional details and ticket information, call 906-487-7250 or visit


Sunday, September 21, 2:30 p.m. -- Concert: Estonian House of Chicago

Tuesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m. --Free event: Ensemble Norma at The Bluffs in Houghton.

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. -- Free event: "Meet the Musicians,"  Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock

Wednesday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.-- Free event: Classical Piano Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hancock

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. -- Folk dance: Live music from area musicians. Some dances led by professional instructors. Finnish American Heritage Center; tickets are $10.

Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m. -- All Musicians: Grand finale concert, Calumet Theatre, Calumet; tickets are $15 / $5 for students / Finlandia students attend free