About the Artist
Tom Moran was born and raised in Onaway, Michigan. He started his own business, Moran Iron Works, after high school graduation in 1978. Today his company specializes in large modular metal fabrication for the power industry and employs over 125 people at four locations in Onaway, Cheboygan and Rogers City, Michigan.
Moran Iron Works received "Michigan's 50 Top Companies to Watch" designation from the Lowe Foundation in 2012. Tom was recently awarded Business Champion of the year 2013 from the Great Start Coalition, Business of the Year 2013 from the Cheboygan and Onaway Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Project of the Year from Northern Lakes Economic Alliance and recognized as a Patriotic Employer from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He currently serves as on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Board of Directors of McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. Tom also facilitated the Governor's Economic Summits in 2013 and 2014.
Tom expresses his creative passion by creating ornamental sculptures. He works primarily with plate steel, occasionally incorporating copper and stainless steel into his work. Tom shares his metal creations by donating most of his work to non-profit organizations, museums and educational facilities for fundraising opportunities or public display in Onaway. The sculptures have quickly become their own tour destination around Northern Michigan.