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Dave Brule

Dave Brule

Northern Star Industries

Northern Star Industries is a manufacturing company located in Iron Mountain, MI in the heart of Michigan’s upper peninsula.  The Company has 2 divisions, The Boss Snowplow which makes snowplows and related equipment and Systems Control which makes electrical relay and control panels for the electrical utility industry.  The Company was founded in 1959 as an electrical contracting business by Dave’s grandfather and the manufacturing portion of the business started in 1962.  Since that time the business has grown significantly and the family sold the construction divisions in 2000.  The Company remains family-owned and has 350,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space in 3 facilities in Iron Mountain, MI.  The Company had revenues over $140 million last year and employs approximately 400 people. 

Dave Brule II joined Northern Star Industries in 1997 after spending 5 years as an Investment Banker and Venture Capitalist.  He started the lean journey at NSI in 1999.  Since that time NSI has seen Revenue grow more than 500% and productivity improve by more than 60%.  Dave sits on several boards including the US National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.  He resides in Iron Mountain, MI with his wife, Stephanie and their 3 children.  Dave is a former US Ski Team member and an active triathlete and Ironman finisher.