David O'Neill

Sustainable Energy for a Global Community

GenPro Energy Solutions

Engineering procurement construction company GenPro Energy Solutions focuses on energy efficiency and energy production in commercial, governmental and residential markets. The sustainable energy company has grown considerably over its fifteen years and now serves over two hundred energy dealers across the United States and projects around the world.
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Dwight Patterson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of GenPro Energy, believes that the company has come about its success naturally.

At the Heart of the Food Industry

At the Heart of the Food Industry

Ford Brothers

Ford Brothers has been a part of the Western New York food industry for many years. The company is celebrating its seventy-fifth year in business, and this landmark anniversary coincides with record growth. The company’s success is not down to one particular product or decision but is based on the diversity and skill of everyone involved.
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The company was founded by Elmer Ford and his sons and then expanded when they took over the business. This development included a slaughterhouse which was built to be the biggest operation in New York State at that time.

Safety and Sustainability across the Entire Wastestream

Safety and Sustainability across the Entire Wastestream

Heritage Transport

Heritage has a long and distinguished history. Born from necessity to service the industrial waste from various offshoots of the Heritage Group in a safe and ecologically sound way, the company has grown to become a nationwide hauler and transportation company that contains and transports hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
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While Heritage Transport has many customers across various industries, its primary customer is very close to home. Steve Clausing, President of Heritage Transport, explains this dynamic. “Our number one customer is actually our parent company, Heritage Environmental Services, which ties directly into what we primarily haul.” He is clear, though, that the wide range of services the company offers – due in no small part to its large fleet – puts the client’s needs first, regardless of industry.

E-Commerce with a Personal Touch

E-Commerce with a Personal Touch

US Cargo Control

US Cargo Control is a bit of an anomaly. In an industry where success is built on immediacy and turnover, this company offers a personal customer experience and genuine relationship building, something for which no other company can match it.
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US Cargo Control aims to work on a mixed model where e-commerce and traditional sales of ratchet straps, tie-downs and any other cargo control meet all the needs of its customers. This means that the company’s online presence sits equal with a real, human-led organization in the state of Iowa.

Driven by Experience

Driven by Experience

Trans-United

To maintain a business over time is no mean feat. To keep it on the road, weathering financial and national crises for fifty-four years, is something even beyond that. Specialist hauling company Trans-United was started in 1964, in Burns Harbor, Indiana. The company now operates in forty-eight U.S. states, Canada, and internationally.
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This is undeniably a forward-facing company. However, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fleming acknowledges how important it is to take stock of the past and learn from experience. This wealth of experience has resulted in customer retention and in-house skills. “I think the longevity of the company has come from the culture to serve and the customer returning, committing themselves to our service. We have a long, rich customer history of many years, and customers continue to return to us because of our ability to take on their size and weight challenges and move them from their manufacturing points or point of origin. It might be an international port coming inbound or an export – we take those challenges and are able to put a competent solution to them.”

Working Internationally, Investing Locally

Working Internationally, Investing Locally

Jefferson Riverport International

Jefferson Riverport, located in southwest Louisville, Kentucky, has been securing and developing land to service a multitude of industries for decades. The land has numerous infrastructural strengths which make it an appealing and logical choice for business investment…
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The decision to sell vacant land was made as a bilateral venture in the late 1970s. Matt Yates, Vice President at Jefferson Riverport International, explains how the decision came about. “Over forty years ago, the city and county collectively came together to discuss the economic selling opportunities of the vacant land in southwest Jefferson County. Investments were made, specifically along the river,” he explains.

Electrifying the Mining Community

Manufacture Adria

Manufacture Adria is no stranger to the mining community. The company, which started out as an offshoot from another electrical contractor, has been a part of the industry for over a quarter of a century. The expertise that has been harnessed over this time, coupled with the growth and determination that comes with its newly independent status, has resulted in revolutionary new developments, not just for the company itself, but for the mining industry as a whole.
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Development Manager Rami Hakam says that the opportunity to take the business into a new independent space was a logical and necessary one. “We started the company, and with time, it has evolved. A couple of years ago, part of the management team started to focus on manufacture, and the solution was to run that company as an independent company.”

Safety as Standard

Safety as Standard

Metro Aviation

Given the time-sensitive nature of medical emergencies and the vast distances that can be involved in transporting patients to emergency services in the United States, the air medical transport industry has seen massive growth in the past thirty years…
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Metro Aviation is one such air medical services company and has been at the forefront of the industry since it was set up in 1982 as a helicopter charter, flight training and maintenance operation. Since those early days, it has grown substantially and is now a leading figure in the air medical industry with a keen focus on flight safety.

Developing the Robots of the Future

Developing the Robots of the Future

Nachi Robotic Systems

Nachi is a name synonymous with cutting-edge technologies, partnered with value and service. Nachi Robotic Systems Inc. is owned by the Nachi Fujikoshi Corporation, which itself has been in existence for almost ninety years. Its longevity and endurance is a testament to the skill and business acumen found there. Nachi Robotic Systems, by comparison, is relatively new yet is fast approaching thirty years in the American market.
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“We are the robotics division of Nachi operating in the United States. That is our mission here,” says Executive Coordinator Michael Bomya. “The first Nachi America opened in 1962, but robotics opened here in 1989. Historically, Nachi has always been vertically integrated in the sense of making products or opening new product areas which were needed by other divisions. Robots really started out as a fusion between the machine tool division and the hydraulics division. As you know, in the sixties when robots were first developed, they were all hydraulic, and Nachi was no different.”

World Class Metal Stampings

World Class Metal Stampings

HTT, Inc.

Diversification is the key to longevity in the world of business. By adapting to market trends and exploring alternative products and services, a company gives itself the greatest chance of survival…
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Simply relying on a limited set of skills or products will soon find a company on a downward trajectory. The people at HTT, Inc: World Stamping know this. Having been in business for over thirty years, it is safe to say that HTT is a company which has placed itself one step ahead of its competitors by expanding both its services and its skills in order to meet the growing demands and challenges its customers face.

Building Skills for the Future

Building Skills for the Future

Sandusky County, OH

Since its population of just over sixty thousand people is spread over four hundred square miles in Northern Ohio, Sandusky County faces a challenge when attempting to create viable and sustainable opportunities for its workforce. Kay Reiter, executive director of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation, explains how the region makes the most of its assets when planning for the years ahead.
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While Sandusky may be a small county, it is already attracting large-scale corporations, and this is no doubt due to its highly skilled workforce and strategic location. “Our largest manufacturer is Whirlpool Corporation, and they actually have the largest washing machine production facility in the world located in our county. The largest washing machine facility of any producer is located here in Sandusky. Then we also have Heinz. This is where they make their ketchup.”

One Man and One Van

One Man and One Van

J.E. Shekell

All businesses must start somewhere. Like everything in life, beginnings can be humble. None more so than the experiences of John Shekell, who, thirty-seven years ago, made a decision to leave the company he had worked for and set up his own business.
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“He came in and simply told his wife that he was going to be starting a company,” says Kevin Shekell of his father, John.

Safety and Skill as Standard

Safety and Skill as Standard

Supreme Roofing

A commercial roofing company based out of Dallas, Texas, Supreme Roofing Systems has been on the roofing map since 1987. This award-winning commercial roofing company can handle everything from small offices to the largest high-rise structures. Supreme not only installs, but maintains, repairs, restores or replaces roof systems.
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Time after time, family-run businesses are shown to benefit from the common bonds and shared vision that a familial link provides. Maintaining a collective purpose over generations is one of the greatest challenges that a family-operated company can face, and the value of support and commitment that comes from being family run is unquantifiable in the modern business world. Supreme Roofing Systems is a prime example just such a company.

The Little Train that Could

The Little Train that Could

FTZ #271

In a nutshell, the purpose of a foreign trade zone (FTZ) is to provide an environment in which U.S. companies or companies that manufacture in the U.S. can obtain foreign materials more competitively as part of the manufacturing operation and export more competitively and, therefore, participate more in the global economy. A virtual line is drawn around a building or an industrial park and, for all import, regulatory, tax purposes, that area is considered to be outside the United States.
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In the modern world of business, one thing is for certain: the concept of a local market is no longer. The marketplace is global. With this in mind, local taxation, strict protocol and red tape can hinder the opportunities afforded to companies working internationally. In an attempt to answer this, foreign trade zones were introduced here in the U.S.

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