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M.A.R.C. 1 Robotics



I would like to introduce the Enstrom sponsored Robotics team from Menominee high School. F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen (former owner of Enstrom) in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The robotics competition made up of High school-aged teams competing head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.

This is Menominee High School’s first year of competition and are headed for great things. They just recently competed in their first regional competition in Escanaba and placed 23rd out of 40 teams. Their overall offensive power rating had them ranked 12th. Very impressive for a first year team.

Their next competition was held at Lake Superior State University March 31st through April 2nd. Their overall placement after elimination rounds was 31st out of 42 teams.  In offensive power rating they were 10th of 42 teams. They also did well enough to be selected by the 5th place team to be part of their alliance for the semifinals. Their alliance won the first match and lost the second and was eliminated at that point.  This is an improvement over their last match and again impressive for a first year team. They are learning a lot.

The team is made up of students and volunteer mentors. The team members are: Austin DeGayner, Alec Bailey, Kaitlyn Black, Steven Marcusen, Sam MacArthur, Riley Richter, Kylie Zorn, Justin Kaster, Bryce Andre, and Kurt Paris. Team Leader: Sarah Betzinger. Volunteer Team Mentors: Shane Betzinger, Devin Overstreet, and Matt Walrath. Volunteer Robot Inspector for the Escanaba Competition: Don Cugini


Written by Don Cugini


Enstrom Wins Awards

Enstrom Awards

On May 21, 2015, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation was awarded the 2015 Business of the Year Award from the Michigan Works Job Force Board. The Michigan Works! System is a unified workforce development system that is an instrumental partner for developing Michigan’s economic future. The Enstrom factory expansion project along with increased employment has given Menominee positive press and an economic boost.   Enstrom was also recognized for its contribution to the economic development of our community by the Marinette/Menominee Chamber of Commerce and received the 2015 Parade of Progress Award at the Chamber’s annual awards banquet.  Mr. Tracy Biegler, CEO accepted the award on behalf of Enstrom.


Both of these awards recognize and celebrate Enstrom’s achievements over the past year along with the economic contributions made to the community.  The entire Enstrom team has been recognized for their efforts and hard work by our local authorities.   Enstrom Helicopter is pleased and honored with this award and our employees, management, and ownership are thankful and grateful to Michigan Works and M&M Chamber of Commerce for recognizing Enstrom’s efforts.


You Go, Girl!

Brandi at work in dynamic componentsOur Brandi Flinn, a graduate of Northern Michigan University who works in Dynamic Components, is the winner of the Sporty’s Foundation Flight Training Scholarship for Small-Aircraft Maintenance Technicians! The prize includes a $5,000 scholarship for flight training and a trip to the Women In Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, in March. The issue of Women in Aviation magazine that features Brandi will also be distributed that month. “I’m really blessed and excited to go,” said Brandi. “I want to thank all those who supported me in the application process.” Way to go Brandi!