Claire Suttles

Built to Last

Built to Last

Lanau Industries

Martin Rondeau founded Lanau Industries in his hometown, Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Quebec. The concept took off when Mr. Rondeau and his small team designed and built his first truck body in his humble welding shop and recognized that he was onto something. That dump body still runs to this day, nearly two decades later.

Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

Bell and Howell

Technology-enabled field services company Bell and Howell services a wide range of automation equipment for multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and markets across North America. We spoke to the company a year ago, reporting on how the Durham, North Carolina-based business helps customers increase efficiency and reduce operational costs through its comprehensive solutions in retail, grocery, pharmacy click-and-collect, automation, and production mail. This month, we sat down with senior executive and grocery commerce expert James Hermanowski to learn more about the company’s work to fight food insecurity through food bank technology.

An Old Company with New Ideas

An Old Company with New Ideas

IOA Healthcare Furniture

IOA Healthcare Furniture has roots that go back to the mid-1920s when Gigi Delmestri launched a furniture business in northern Italy. “He inherited a company that was making horse-drawn steel ploughs for agricultural use, and when the tractor finally came around to Italy, he had a workforce of about seventy people, and he didn’t want to have to shut down,” says Gigi’s great-grandson and IOA’s Executive Vice President Matthew Delmestri. To save the jobs on which his rural village depended, Gigi reinvented his company as a steel furniture manufacturer.

A Company that Gives Back

A Company that Gives Back

Special-T

Special-T delivers Grade-A tables at Grade-C prices through innovation, supply chain best practices, and a customer-first attitude. The company’s story began twenty years ago when Loren Rozeboom recognized an opportunity. As a furniture dealer, he saw a need for a budget table base, and as the father of a son struggling with addiction, he saw the need to give a second chance to people who had completed rehabilitation and were seeking employment.

A Full Suite of Transportation Solutions

A Full Suite of Transportation Solutions

Walgre Transport

Walgre Transport is an asset-based, full-truckload and less-than-truckload logistics service provider specializing in dry-van services, refrigerated services, hazardous materials services, and heated services. Launched in 2014 by two brothers, the Ontario-based family business has grown quickly to serve not only Canada but the United States as well. Today, the company boasts 210 trucks and multiple terminals throughout both countries.

A Hub for Development

A Hub for Development

Town of Enfield, Connecticut

Home to 42,000 people and over 3,000 businesses, Enfield, Connecticut is the hub of the Hartford-Springfield interstate area. “It is the largest commercial and economic base for this north central region,” says Town Manager Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

Industry Experts

Industry Experts

Artizan Finishings

Artizan Finishings specializes in the installation of Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS), architectural moldings, stone veneer, and cornice molding. As genuine craftsmen with years of knowledge under their belt, the team makes it their mission to provide quality work and takes great pride in their stellar customer service.

Building Arizona’s Economy

Building Arizona’s Economy

Arizona Association for Economic Development

Arizona has a remarkable track record when it comes to economic development. In fact, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently named the Greater Phoenix Economic Council the top economic development organization in the entire world. “We’ve got top notch talent,” says Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Executive Director Carrie Kelly.

An Arizona Oasis

An Arizona Oasis

City of Tempe, AZ

Tempe is an oasis in the Arizona desert. Known for its unexpected lake, this community of 190,000 also stands out for its livability, innovation, and welcoming spirit, creating a destination for leading-edge industries and people looking for a place to call home.

Laidback Lifestyle Meets Opportunity

Laidback Lifestyle Meets Opportunity

Cochise County Economic Development

Cochise County, Arizona delivers a generous range of growth and development opportunities due to its low taxes, affordable commercial space, land availability, low cost of living, quality healthcare and education, convenient access to railways and Interstate 10, and an educated, bilingual workforce. Nestled high in the mountains, this rural community of 125,447 people enjoys a mild climate and a wealth of outdoor activities and destinations within a stunning western landscape, from hiking and mountain biking to water sports in Parker Canyon Lake, to vineyards and community festivals.

Preserving Cajun Country

Preserving Cajun Country

Allen Parish’s Leatherwood Museum

The Leatherwood Museum is a quaint, small-town treasure nestled in Louisiana’s Cajun country along the Myths and Legends Byway, a scenic drive based on true stories, ghosts, and tall tales. Visitors who meander along the region’s back roads will enjoy an authentic glimpse into the unique culture and heritage of Allen Parish.

Driven by Technology

Driven by Technology

Leck Waste Services

Leck Waste Services has been family-owned-and-operated since 1971. Launched by a determined, entrepreneurial-minded father and son team, the once humble startup now boasts 86 employees and 60 trucks operating daily throughout a sizable portion of Pennsylvania. The company provides a full suite of residential, commercial, and municipal services as well as complete compactor services, portable toilets, and shredding services.

Installation Solutions that Make the Difficult Easy

Installation Solutions that Make the Difficult Easy

AIM National

For over forty years, AIM has provided FE&S (Foodservice, Equipment and Supplies) clients with a seamless installation process, from equipment shipment through to completion. The Columbus, Ohio-based business handles a wide variety of installation services that include commercial refrigeration, commercial ventilation systems, warewashing, cooking, and more! The team has completed over 12,000 installations across the United States, and has satisfied customers including a long list of big-name brands, from chain restaurants and well-known universities to retail giants and sports stadiums.

A Gem Among the Hills

A Gem Among the Hills

Mountain Leverage

As the industry leader in voice-enabled workflow solutions, Mountain Leverage helps its partners maximize their performance in distribution centers of every size. The company’s story began in West Virginia, where the founder drew his inspiration.

High-Tech Sustainability

High-Tech Sustainability

Caglia Environmental

After profiling Caglia Environmental in March 2017, Business in Focus is checking back in to learn about the company’s facility upgrades, continued sustainability efforts, and ongoing connection to its community.

Merging Talent and Technology

Merging Talent and Technology

MultiCam

After profiling MultiCam in May 2021, Business in Focus has circled back to hear what has happened over the ensuing year. As it turns out, the company has big news, from an exciting change in ownership to innovative new products, so this update is not to be missed.

New Products, New Partnerships

New Products, New Partnerships

Kewaunee Scientific Corporation

The Kewaunee Scientific Corporation story began in 1906 when a small group of investors came together to create a manufacturing company to deliver a top-notch line of laboratory furniture and accessories. Previously, the United States sourced almost all of its laboratory equipment from Europe, Germany in particular. Kewaunee stepped in at an ideal time to fill the domestic gap.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Sweetwater County EDC

Sweetwater County is bustling with activity. Home to major mining and industrial development projects, the Wyoming community is moving forward to embrace new economic opportunities. After profiling Sweetwater County in 2019, Business in Focus checked back in to hear the latest on a range of projects.

Putting People First

Putting People First

WOW! Mobile Boutique

WOW! Mobile Boutique has made a mark on the industry with its customer-centric service that emphasizes fair, honest advice. The cell phone and tablet provider’s kiosks have become a fixture in malls throughout Canada, and the brand’s popularity continues to grow. After featuring WOW! Mobile Boutique in March 2020, Business in Focus caught back up with the retailer to learn the latest news.

Tampa Bay Treasure

Tampa Bay Treasure

City of Largo, FL

The City of Largo enjoys a prime location nestled between the sunny shores of Florida’s Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “We are located close to a lot of great things,” says Mayor Woody Brown. From water sports, fishing, nature preserves, and amusement parks to museums, NFL football, and aquariums, the surrounding area has it all.

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