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Local printer recovers from break-in with help from Calumet resident

CALUMET — Laura Miller, retired executive director of the Calumet Theatre, is taking steps to assist a 30-year-old business recover from a devastating break-in that occurred last month.

Copper Island Printing, at 423 Pine St., was broken into on Aug. 16, and computers, monitors, keyboards, modems, routers, phone equipment, and hard drives containing software unique to the printing business were stolen.

Insurance will only cover the hardware, Miller said. While the Michigan State Police subsequently recovered much of the stolen hardware, seven of the eight computers were wiped clean and reformatted, resulting in the majority of business files being lost.

Marc Norton, owner of Copper Island Printing, said the critical software necessary to integrating with the print shop machinery, as well as labor and research to create customer files and designs, along with the insurance deductible payment, is estimated at $20,000.

Miller has started a GoFundMe account to assist Norton in recovering financially from the break-in, and has also organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to take place at Miller’s Bowling Lanes in Laurium on Sept. 14.

The event will be conducted from 4-7 p.m., Miller said, and will feature spaghetti with sauce, coleslaw, rolls, milk, and coffee, for $10.

“Copper Island Printing serves 250 businesses and countless individuals throughout the three-county area,” Miller said. “Not only is this a valuable business to the Calumet area, but Marc Norton is a creative, capable, all-around great guy who puts his heart and soul into his business, and in helping the community. He deserves our support to overcome this setback to his business.”

Copper Island Printing is a commercial offset and screen printing business that provides custom printing options, such as full-color process on matte coated and uncoated substrates, as well as gloss. Single and two-color options are also available to customers.

Norton said the rumors of the business’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. On Aug. 28, he posted on the business Facebook page.

“…We are operating, just lacking some software that makes us more efficient.”

People wishing to donate to the GoFundMe account can find it at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-copper-island-printing-stay-open.

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