Paul Swift earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MTU
in 1933 and attended Stanford University Graduate School of
Business & Engineering. After nine years of working as
a corporate industrial engineer for Carnegie Steel and F.V.
Gardner, he returned home to Houghton to join the family hardware
business. He worked as a partner in the I.E. Swift Company,
with his father and uncle, and then became sole owner in 1968.
Swift has earned a number of awards and served on many local
boards, including the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan
State Chamber of Commerce, and the Michigan Retail Hardware
Association. He is a member of the MTU Presidents Club and
McNair Society, a past President of the Alumni Association's
Board of Directors, and a Century II Campaign volunteer. He
has been a director of D&N Bank and is a charter member
of the Houghton Country Historical Association.