Grace McDermott

Accessibility, Affordability and Entrepreneurship

Accessibility, Affordability and Entrepreneurship

Ashland, OH

For decades, large industries and home-grown enterprises alike have taken root and flourished in Ashland, Ohio. With a unique mix of both affordability and accessibility, the county offers enterprises a gateway to strategic transportation routes and, most importantly, success.
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Ashland has consistently ranked among the top micropolitans in the country in terms of the potential it has for business development. However, the area’s true credentials are proved most readily by the strong industrial footprint and the many thriving local businesses that call Ashland home.

Rural, Progressive & Winning

Rural, Progressive & Winning

The Alabama Wiregrass Region

Last year, the Alabama Wiregrass region caught our attention as a national leader in business development and innovation. Sometimes referred to as ‘Wiregrass Country,’ the area encompasses parts of southern Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle with the Alabama Wiregrass region sitting in the southeastern part of Alabama.
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The Alabama Wiregrass Region may be rural, but don’t let that fool you; big city potential, backed by some of the most advanced technology in the world sits at the heart of its economy. A unique mix of rural economic benefits paired with this advanced technological infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce continues to push the region to the forefront of industrial growth.

Pioneering the Future of Hemp

Pioneering the Future of Hemp

CV Sciences

For decades, the health benefits of hemp products have been known. Hemp has long been recognized for its nutritional value, but in recent years, the plant has taken on an estimated 25,000 new uses. Today, hemp has been developed into food, textiles, fuels and more. With the emergence of new research and technology, the potential of hemp has evolved tremendously, and CV Sciences has been at the forefront of this hemp revolution.
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San Diego-based CV Sciences is trailblazing a new era for hemp with CBD products. CBD is a dietary supplement made with cannabinoid oil derived from agricultural hemp. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid, one of over one hundred cannabinoids that is found in agricultural hemp. CBD is distinctly different to marijuana and even medical cannabis, in that it is required to contain no more than .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which means it is non-psychotoxic and will not induce any type of euphoria. For decades, many have sought out CBD for its benefits to both human and animal health, but the demand for CBD has expanded greatly in recent years.

Powering the Future

Powering the Future

Forbes Bros.

In 1977, Forbes Brothers opened shop as a small, family-run business in Arborfield, Canada. At the time, there was a desperate need for high-voltage power line construction services, and as such, the company quickly expanded throughout Western Canada.
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Over the last three decades, Forbes Bros. has reached new heights, and today, it is the largest privately-held power line construction group in Canada. The now-international power leader has become widely renowned throughout North America and the world for constructing some of the most complex high-voltage electrical systems the industry has ever seen.

Industrial Evolution

Industrial Evolution

HTE Technologies

Since 1959, HTE has helped to increase the productivity of regional manufacturers through innovative application of technology. With the driving motivation to build faster, leaner, smarter and safer local industrial manufacturers, HTE has pioneered a new era of manufacturing and advanced technologies.
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Though the firm has evolved substantially since its beginnings, its hard work, close client relationships and innovation has remained. Currently, the company’s most exciting new product offering is a line of collaborative industrial robots from Rethink Robotics®. Dave Alexander provided some insight into the robotic technology that is redefining opportunities for the U.S. manufacturing sector and changing manufacturing as we know it.

A Culture of Quality & Industry Leadership

A Culture of Quality & Industry Leadership

Klein Steel Services

Like many of the world’s greatest creations, one of New York’s leading steel service firms, Klein Steel Services, was born from a mistake and a spark of genius. The company was started in 1971, by Arnold Klein and his son Joe, and it actually began as a scrap yard.
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As the story goes, Arnold was driving from a job and mistakenly left the arms of his truck’s rear-mounted loader up. Arnold found himself under a low hanging bridge, leaving him with minor damage to his truck which required a bent piece of steel channel to be replaced. After calling all the local service centers in search of a replacement part, Arnold was astounded to find no one who would provide a solution since he only required a single piece. Being an entrepreneur at his core, Arnold took the experience and turned it into an opportunity.

Engineering and Environmental Solutions with a Difference

Engineering and Environmental Solutions with a Difference

McIntosh Perry

Beginning as a civil engineering firm in 1990, McIntosh Perry set out to serve the local eastern Ontario market. It built a strong legacy in contract administration, municipal infrastructure design work, and construction oversight, and almost thirty years later, McIntosh Perry’s reach has expanded ten-fold.
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The company is now a full-service engineering and related professional services firm. We spoke to Phil Whelan, the company’s vice-president of public sector services, and Mark Priddle, vice-president of private sector services, to find out more.

Moving America Forward

Moving America Forward

The American Trucking Association

Founded in 1933, the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been “developing and advocating innovative, research-based policies that promote highway safety, security, environmental sustainability and profitability.” The ATA is a federation, made up of motor carriers, allied members, state trucking associations and councils and conferences, bringing together some of the most influential voices from across the industry.
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The ATA’s biggest achievements include important legislation, contributions to environmental sustainability, significant work with veterans and, most importantly, progressive improvements in road safety. Several leading ATA members provided us insight into the people and trends pushing trucking forward.

Big Business Opportunity, Small Town Approach

Big Business Opportunity, Small Town Approach

Ashland Area Council for Economic Development

Ashland County, Ohio is one of the leading Micropolitans in the U.S. The city is rich in infrastructure, accessibility and, most importantly, opportunity. Home to an extensive portfolio of industries, economic opportunity in Ashland has grown massively in the last three years.
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Today, major firms from across the country have sought out Ashland County, finding not only economic success but also local community support. As many areas face an increasingly polarized public support of the private business sector, Ashland provides a remarkable point of difference. Because it finds strength in cooperation, it offers a case study into the benefits of private and public collaboration in aid of business growth.

A Crossroads of Opportunity

A Crossroads of Opportunity

Effingham County, IL

Known as the “crossroads of opportunity” for its impressive transportation routes, Effingham has cultivated growth at the junction of business and community. This micropolitan has made a splash by building a progressive, pro-business infrastructure and improving residents’ quality of life – both inside and outside the office.
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According to Todd Hull, the economic development director at the Effingham Department of Economic Development, the area’s successful growth is just the beginning of what the city has in store.

Excellence in Service, Excellence in Staff

Excellence in Service, Excellence in Staff

Design Mechanical

Design Mechanical is a homegrown success story that proves there is still room for small start-ups to take on competitive industries and prosper. Beginning in one of the toughest economic times in US history, the odds stood strongly against the then small HVAC business. Today, the company is a leading player in the Midwest, providing everything from HVAC mechanical construction and service to refrigeration. Despite widespread growth, Design Mechanical has kept a people-focused ethos at its core, and according to General Manager Valerie Mussett, it is this commitment that is guiding its future.
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Based in Kansas City, Kansas, Design Mechanical has become the first point of call for Midwestern projects seeking out industrial, commercial or institutional HVAC work. The highly skilled, award winning, service provider has built a reputation for its expertise, particularly in the design side of HVAC systems. However, Design Mechanical’s success story has humble beginnings.

A Business, A Passion

A Business, A Passion

New England Clean Energy

As a journalist, I have had the privilege of interviewing a wealth of interesting professionals from across the spectrum. Although all businesses come with a story to tell, there is only one thing more impressive than an entrepreneur with vision, and that is an entrepreneur with passion. New England Clean Energy’s President, Mark Durrenberger, is one of those professionals.
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In speaking to Durrenberger, the firm’s founder, it was clear that this solar energy provider was born out of not only business ambition, but also a personal belief in the importance of clean energy. The business’ website sums it up best, saying: “We just believe individuals can make a difference, and we want to be among those individuals.” It is this point of difference which has propelled New England Clean Energy to the forefront of the U.S. energy sector, earning it recognition as the sixth largest solar installation company in Massachusetts and 301st nationally, according to Solar Power World’s 2015 Top Contractors List.

Open for Business

Open for Business

Passaic County

Passaic is a county which showcases all of the qualities for which New Jersey is best known: a can-do attitude and a no-nonsense approach to business. Although the area has seen substantial growth and economic development in recent years, it is the people at the heart of Passaic that remain its greatest asset. Deborah Hoffman, the director at Passaic County’s Division of Economic Development, gave us some insight into the area’s recipe for success.
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There are many reasons that Passaic County is a business hotspot, not the least of which is its convenient location. As many companies have begun migrating from the astronomical cost of doing business in nearby states, parts of New Jersey such as Passaic County have become a prime location for accessible and affordable business growth.

If It Requires Metal, Geise Can Make It

If It Requires Metal, Geise Can Make It

Giese Sheet Metal Co.

Giese Sheet Metal Co. was founded in 1923 on a foundation of customer satisfaction that has pushed the firm through nearly one hundred years of success. Today, Giese has a wealth of experience and a fleet of high-end equipment and the company has earned a coveted place among Iowa’s service providers, offering residential and commercial heating, cooling, roofing, manufacturing, and sheet metal services.
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One look at the company’s growth, however, proves that, despite widespread success, the core values at the heart of Giese remain.

A Region on the Rise

A Region on the Rise

Eau Claire, WI

Located in Northwestern Wisconsin, just over an hour from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Eau Claire has become Wisconsin’s epicenter of business growth and innovation. The area’s agricultural history remains a strong pillar of its economy, but today, Eau Claire is also home to a plethora of emerging, technologically-driven industries.
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Eau Claire has cultivated a community where professionals and businesses flourish in tandem, and in doing so, has secured an economic future that is brighter than ever before. With the perfect mix of recreation, culture, and an unemployment rate below 5%, young professionals and dozens of growing businesses have taken root in Eau Claire – and the numbers are growing.

Toward a Cleaner Tomorrow

Toward a Cleaner Tomorrow

Southern Tank Transport

Southern Tank Transport is a homegrown firm pushing North American industry toward a safer and cleaner tomorrow.
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When it comes to fluid hauling, there are few businesses with the legacy or capability of Southern Tank Transport. With a long history of ingenuity, Southern Tank has reached a new level of success. From a small regional company, Southern Tank has grown into a multi-state provider, servicing the nation’s leading mining, oil, and gas and resource firms.

Safety, Productivity and Quality

Safety, Productivity and Quality

Pritchard Electric

Since 1962, Pritchard Electric has served customers throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. From industrial and commercial to residential and even high voltage distribution line work, Pritchard Electric’s suite of in-house services are extensive.
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Committed to quality, productivity and safety, Pritchard has worked diligently throughout the years to create an environment of progressive expertise. By investing in high-end technological innovation, staff training and in-house diversity, the company has managed to triumph through some of the toughest times in American development. Tom Braley, the current president of Pritchard Electric, gave us a look into what sets Pritchard apart.

Safety, Service and Reputation

Safety, Service and Reputation

TAR Energy Services

TAR Energy Services is a Canadian empire in the making. The premier oilfield fluids transportation provider for Alberta and British Columbia has become an integral part of the Canadian resource sector…
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In the last five years, the company has emerged as a trusted provider to Canada’s biggest resource companies. From a two-person operation, TAR Energy Services has cultivated a multi-million dollar enterprise, and according to President Tim McNeil, the future is looking bigger and brighter than ever.

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

RoboVent

The air solutions sector is a dynamic and essential player in North American industry. As industrial leaders across the planet recognize the need for safer working conditions, clean air solutions have become became a top priority.
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Long gone are the days of dust-choked factories and soot covered manufacturing staff, an improvement driven by advances in air filtration, dust collection and clean air technologies.

A Breadth of Experience

A Breadth of Experience

V. Paulius & Associates

V. Paulius & Associates (VPA) is a leading building design and construction organization and an illustration of the American dream in action. A closer look at VPA’s growth uncovers a core commitment to service that has withstood the test of time.
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What started out as a one-man design company has developed into a full-service design, development and construction corporation. As the firm approaches its fiftieth anniversary next year, the legacy of success continues. With present construction values exceeding the thirty million dollar mark, it is safe to say that VPA is a homegrown success.

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