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Where Safety is the Driving Factor

Where Safety is the Driving Factor

Royal Truck & Equipment

Highway driving—a staple of daily commutes across the country—relies on a number of factors including attentive drivers, well-maintained roads, and adequate safety signage. Road workers labor day and night to keep routes flowing, but workers’ safety is often disregarded by drivers in the rush to reach their destination.

A Look at the Biggest Trade Show in Gaming

A Look at the Biggest Trade Show in Gaming

E3

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a long-running trade event for the computer and video game industry, one that has become perhaps the most notable of its kind. The event began in 1995 as a response to the burgeoning growth of the gaming industry and was started by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade association established to oversee the gaming industry in the wake of controversies surrounding violent and mature content in video games.
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In a darkened theatre in 2013, a man stood on a panoramic stage before hundreds of onlookers, the screen behind him read ‘Only On PlayStation.’ The man was Jack Tretton, former president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America. He was speaking about how Sony is committed to bringing its customers new video game titles and what they want without restriction or invalidation.

The Team that Keeps on Truckin’

The Team that Keeps on Truckin’

Hearn Trucking

Hearn Trucking LLC is a Texas-based, award-winning truckload and transportation services provider. The company offers bulk sand and cement hauling as well as refrigerated trucking and flatbed services, and has grown through reputation, performance, safety and long-standing relationships with both its drivers and customers.
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The company was founded in 1987 by Jack Hearn Jr., the third generation in a long family tradition of trucking. With one truck and plenty of determination, the operation continued to build relationships with customers, as well as grow its fleet size and team of drivers. As of 2007, its offices, truck yard and shop were relocated to a new location in Weatherford, Texas where it is proudly headquartered.

Evolving with the Industry to Meet the Needs of its Members

Evolving with the Industry to Meet the Needs of its Members

St Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council

Throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Southern Illinois, the St. Louis – Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council works for its more than twenty thousand members. The organization’s work provides contractors with a highly trained, safe workforce.
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In the first few months after Donald Trump was elected, most Americans were narrowly focused on the stories unfolding within the White House. In early 2017, as tensions in America flared between the political left and right, few people were paying attention to state politics. The Missouri Senate had passed “right-to-work” legislation by a vote of 21 to 12, which would allow union members to opt out of paying union dues and force contractors to hire non-union work, thus shrinking membership, union funds, and wages across the State.

Where Customers Send Their Friends

Where Customers Send Their Friends

Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

In 1970, four innovative brothers strived to start a business that was set apart by the way that it treated its customers. Tony, Harry, Steve and Jack Sarmazian started a Guelph, Ontario-based flooring installation company, and have since branched into other related services.
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In business for just shy of half a century, Sarmazian Brothers Flooring is now run by the 10 children of the original brothers. The next generation of Sarmazians stand by the founders’ values of honesty, integrity, and family values – in both internal and external operations.

This Award-Winning Concrete Contractor Looks to Expand

This Award-Winning Concrete Contractor Looks to Expand

Milis Flatwork

Award-winning concrete construction firm Milis Flatwork is a fairly young company, having been in business less than a decade. However, it was successful right from the start, thanks largely to owner and founder Dylan Milis’ extensive experience. Milis Flatwork specializes in agriculture-related and commercial concrete construction projects.
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“I’ve been doing concrete my whole life, since 1992. I did a lot of stuff with my dad. Then I went to college to get a degree in civil engineering. Then, I did a lot of layout work for a paving company and a lot of inspection work for agricultural facilities,” recalls Milis, whose firm is based in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

Where Innovation, Quality and Performance are the Standard

Where Innovation, Quality and Performance are the Standard

STANDARD Products

STANDARD Products is the second largest manufacturer and distributor of lighting solutions in Canada and it is through innovation, quality, performance, and a passion for efficiency that the company has been able to establish itself as a leader in both the markets and the communities it serves.
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As a proudly family-owned Canadian business, STANDARD Products has had great success serving customers from coast to coast, and now it is looking to new market horizons to establish its reputation and further build its brand. It recently introduced a new warehouse in Chicago that will give the company access to the Midwest and will enable it to break into the U.S. market.

Truly Custom Components

Truly Custom Components

Valcor Engineering Corporation

Valcor Engineering Corporation designs and manufactures fluid control components for a wide range of industries with aerospace, nuclear power, industrial, medical, and scientific laboratory applications. The company specializes in highly-engineered, custom solutions over commodity components.
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“We go after very demanding applications,” says Vice President Leo Loiacono. “We don’t have a standard catalog with standard products. There are plenty of companies that do that, but that’s not Valcor. We’re truly the customized solution.”

Ready, Set, Grow

Ready, Set, Grow

Talon Innovations/Ichor Precision Machining

Four years ago, Business in Focus explored the world of semiconductors through the lens of Minnesota-based Talon Innovations, a manufacturer of machined parts and complex assemblies for semiconductor tools. At the time, the company had been on a steady growth path with a plan to fully execute an acquisition, after which it would focus on the two primary goals of diversification and added capacity. We recently touched base with this ambitious company to see if it achieved its goals and find out what its plans are for 2019 and beyond.
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In November 2017, Talon was acquired by Ichor Holdings, Ltd. “Ichor was a significant customer of ours – our second largest customer by revenue, and we shared a lot of common customers in the semiconductor industry, so when it acquired us, it was a good synergistic fit, if you will, with the products they provided to us and to the industry,” said Vice President Sales and Marketing Marty Dertinger. “We saw it as a 1 + 1 = 3 acquisition.”

Firm Expands from Fertilizer Industry to Become a Global Process Engineering and Manufacturing Leader

Firm Expands from Fertilizer Industry to Become a Global Process Engineering and Manufacturing Leader

FEECO International, Inc.

When FEECO International, Inc. was first established in the early 1950s, the company provided products and services exclusively for the fertilizer market. Today, the company still services the fertilizer industry, but now works in nearly every market imaginable, serving companies around the world.
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FEECO supplies a wide variety of solutions and services centered around thermal processing, agglomeration, material transformation and material handling. Within these categories, their offerings cover the entire spectrum of industrial processing needs, from batch and pilot testing, process and product development, and engineering, to custom equipment design and manufacturing. The company further supports clients through commissioning and installation support, operator training, and aftermarket services such as process and equipment audits and optimization, retrofits, maintenance, and spare parts. Toll manufacturing services are also available.

Working Hard for Their Communities

Working Hard for Their Communities

Economic Development Partnership

The Economic Development Partnership is a public-private, non-profit organization in South Carolina. Its purpose is to promote the communities of Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda and McCormick to new businesses while serving the needs of existing businesses in the area.
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The Economic Development Partnership represents four counties on the western side of the state of South Carolina. “We’re in charge with bringing in new capital investment and job opportunities in manufacturing either through recruiting new companies into our region or fostering expansions with the existing industry that we already have,” says Economic Development Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer Will Williams.

An SME Transformation Effort in Pursuit of Industry 4.0

An SME Transformation Effort in Pursuit of Industry 4.0

Kilmarnock Enterprise

When Kilmarnock Enterprise attended the world’s largest industrial trade fair (Hannover Messe) in Germany in April 2017, the firm really began to understand the tremendous impact that Industry 4.0 would have on its future. Coined by the Germans back in 2011, Industry 4.0 (or what some are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution) was not even a concept up until then…
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Six years later, Kilmarnock Enterprise and many of its manufacturing clients are now seeing an enormous amount of disruption happening, whereby data has emerged as the ‘new oil’ – a shift that will reshape the competitive landscape of manufacturing firms all over the world.

Not Just ‘Nationwide’

Not Just ‘Nationwide’

Nationwide Boiler Incorporated

Nationwide Boiler Incorporated has rented and sold boilers and related equipment to clients in six continents and provided essential equipment to restore steam services after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the company attributes its longevity to a simple combination of excellent products and quality service. The Fremont, California-based firm has also developed an expertise in environmentally friendly boiler solutions.
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Nationwide sells and rents boilers, trailer-mounted mobile watertube boilers, temporary steam plants featuring firetube boilers, and associated support equipment. The company also provides start-up services, training and around-the-clock support in the form of maintenance and inspection. Main sectors served include pulp and paper, food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining, utilities and power generation, ethanol, manufacturing, hospitals, universities and colleges.

Celtic Charm in the Big Apple

Celtic Charm in the Big Apple

The Playwright Irish Pubs

If you are a tourist, a sports fan, a city resident or simply looking for a good place to get a drink and a hearty meal in a convivial atmosphere, you might want to check out the Playwright Irish Pub chain in Manhattan. There are three locations in total: the Playwright Irish Pub, the Playwright Celtic Pub and the Playwright Tavern. While each facility is slightly different, all offer the same spirit of casual comfort and hospitality.
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“Everybody is welcome here,” says John Doherty, manager of the Playwright Irish Pub.

From Wild West to High Technology and Higher Education

From Wild West to High Technology and Higher Education

Ellis County, KS

It is a county with a Wild West past, a well-educated workforce and very fast Internet speeds. Ellis County, Kansas also has a low cost of living, a low crime rate and low unemployment. As one of the leading oil and gas producing counties in the state, Ellis County is eager to expand its economic base.
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“We’re a diverse community with interstate and rail access. We are in a prime location to support any type of major manufacturing, warehouse and distribution business or any type of business that requires high speed Internet connectivity because we have the capacity to deliver ten gigabits of Internet speed for commercial business,” says Aaron White, executive director of the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development.

Tackling Substantial Projects

Duffy Crane & Hauling

In business, bigger is often better, especially when it comes to the ability to safely haul oversized objects such as gigantic electrical transformers. Few realize this better than Duffy Crane & Hauling. The company was founded in 1886 in Denver and is one of oldest companies in the western state of Colorado and one of the top 120 continuously operating, privately held companies in the United States. The business has come a long way since the days of using horse-drawn covered wagons to transport items from one location to another…
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Duffy has made a considerable investment in specialized equipment and machinery and remains Denver’s premier crane and hauling service company. Where some businesses are unwilling or unable to take on big challenges, Duffy Crane & Hauling addresses them head-on. The company was purchased by President Jeffrey L. Cummings in 2004. It had a staff of thirty full-time employees at the time and has grown to eighty-five, with plans for further expansion.

Supplying Tugs and Barges for the Pacific and Beyond

Supplying Tugs and Barges for the Pacific and Beyond

Western Towboat Company

Founded in 1948, the Western Towboat Company is a family-owned business that runs tugs and barges from Puget Sound to the Hawaiian Islands, Arctic Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, the Panama Canal and South America.
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“We have twenty-three tugboats and seven barges. Our main gig is anything to do with tugboats and barges,” says Russell Shrewsbury, vice-president of the Western Towboat Company, based in Seattle, Washington.

Independence through Mobility

Independence through Mobility

Ride Right

Ride Right has asserted itself as a driving force in the U.S. transportation sector. Fueled by a compassionate focus on delivering service with dignity, understanding, and respect, the company has improved access and quality of life for transit-dependent Americans nationwide with one goal in mind: helping them arrive at their destinations on time, safely, and with world-class service.
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For Ride Right, “every trip is important,” and this philosophy has certainly played a role in the company’s success. Since its inception in 2009, the company has grown substantially and now operates from multiple offices in twelve states, with the ability to serve remote locations.

Come Home to Tillamook County

Come Home to Tillamook County

Tillamook County

There are many reasons to choose Tillamook County. The quality of life is unmatched and offers most of the services and amenities of a larger population center. It works to create a business-friendly environment while marketing the recreational paradise for those who desire the lifestyle associated with coastal Oregon living.
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Tillamook County is a rural county of approximately 26,000 people. This is 1,103-square miles of opportunity with easy access to Portland. Historically, a major economic driver in the county has been the forestry sector, but as that industry experiences a decline, the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Tillamook County has been working diligently to diversify the economic composition while taking advantage of its many other natural assets.

Where Business is Good… Life is Better

Where Business is Good… Life is Better

Union County, OR

The Grande Ronde Valley in Union County, Oregon, has a rich history. Surrounded by the Blue Mountains, the valley was known as the “Valley of Peace” and inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla and Shoshone tribes. Pioneers began to settle along the historic Oregon Trail when gold was discovered in the impressive surroundings of the Blue Mountains in 1862. It was not long before Union County also became known for other natural resources including the agriculture, forestry and ranching upon which its economy was founded.
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Although these natural resources remain significant assets in Union County’s economic landscape, the county is recognized for its continued growth in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, scientific and technical services and education. The Union County Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC), along with its partners, is proving instrumental in ensuring that the county is seen as very open to business for both traditional businesses and start-ups.

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