Mairet Hotels, based in British Colombia’s provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island, provides bespoke Canadian hospitality management to hotel properties in British Columbia and Alberta and is now positioned to share its expertise with the wider hospitality community.
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How Richmond, BC’s Herbaland began as a vitamin packaging company in 2009 and in ten years evolved into one of Canada’s fastest-growing manufacturers, specializing in innovative nutritional formulas, is an inspirational story of teamwork.
How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? We don’t know. But we do know the millions – billions, even – that people at G and G Peppers, of Gaston, Indiana, grow, pick, process and ship every year. And we know that they’re turning up in more and more of the tastiest brand name foods across the United States.
What everyone’s been waiting for is almost here. Well, maybe not every consumer – but certainly every retailer – in store and online alike – has Black Friday circled on their calendars. But because of changes in consumer behaviour, Black Friday is no longer the one-day shopping frenzy it was and now extends for two months, beginning early in November, while Cyber Monday is catching up.
Once upon a time, not so long ago and not in a land far away, towns were built around a central commercial core. People walked to work and school, knew their neighbors, shopped for local produce, and enjoyed community in the town square.
People are indeed saying ‘Yes!’ to Weatherford, the fastest-growing city in the U.S., which according to the U.S. Census Bureau grew by 1.6 percent in 2017 alone. Weatherford, (population 11,832) is located in western Oklahoma’s Custer County, fifty miles from Oklahoma City on Interstate 40, with the famed Route 66 passing right through it. This is a safe community that offers small-town friendliness along with a pro-business attitude.
Kaukauna’s location on a two-mile stretch of the Fox River with a fifty-foot drop and significant rapids means that the city can produce its own hydroelectric power and offer its residents as much as thirty-five percent savings on their monthly utility bill. To learn more, Business in Focus spoke with Mayor Tony Penterman, Director of Planning and Community Development Bob Jakel, and Kaukauna Utilities General Manager Jeff Feldt.
Rather than the ‘winner takes it all’ approach, sixteen counties in three states – Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama – are cooperating to attract economic development to the entire region. The good news is that it is working for all of them, including Catoosa County in northwest Georgia, which shares a border with Tennessee and is just twenty minutes from Chattanooga, the main economic driver in the region.
From a nineteenth-century rubber factory in France where the Michelin brothers patented an improved pneumatic bicycle tire to a comprehensive, international tire manufacturing company that focuses on sustainability through innovation and corporate social responsibility, Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, continues to lead the way through innovation.
Over the last twenty-five years, more than 40,000 Canadian companies have come to rely on international distribution company Fastenal to supply all the fasteners, tools, and supplies they need to manufacture products, build structures, protect personnel, and maintain their facilities and equipment.
Sweet, succulent, nutritious Medjool dates are the pride of Morocco, where they have a history of cultivation stretching back thousands of years. However, happily for North American date fans, horticulturists brought Medjool shoots to the U.S. in the 1920s, and today, the descendants of these trees thrive under the watchful eye of the Bard Valley Date Growers Association. Once harvested, the dates sorted, graded, and packed by Datepac and shipped around the world.
Holmes County, Florida is on the brink of transformation into a center of everything sustainable and green, with the potential to make the rest of the nation sit up and take notice. Its slogan, ‘Green Gateway to the Beaches,’ certainly sums this up.
When delegates arrive in Brookhaven on September 12 for its first-ever developers’ day, they will find a superb location with excellent transportation links, an educated workforce whose average age is just thirty-four, national and international corporations happy to call this home, and a detailed economic development plan that is looking ahead to 2034.
Imagine this scenario: After communicating with international clients, you take a break to stretch your legs and walk out to the water – and we are not talking about an office water cooler. We are envisioning crystal clear lake water, surrounded by pine forest where you take a soul-nourishing breath. Refreshed, you head back to your computer to continue developing a software program.
Precision Industrial Equipment was founded in 2013. It operates in the beautiful Yakima Valley of Washington State and is locally owned. It designs, builds, and installs customized equipment, with after-sales services, to North American and European food processors.
With a family history of cheese-making in Wisconsin – ‘America’s Dairyland’ – G & R Foods Inc., is the go-to source for retailers, food service providers, and food manufacturers that depend on quality, on-time delivery of cheese and other dairy products.
Outstanding visual merchandising displays reflecting luxury are essential to the success of upscale lifestyle brands. This is why over 150 clients worldwide are turning to Pacific Northern (PN), headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, for customized displays to enhance their product’s visibility in the market place.
When Dorothy was swept up by a tornado into the Land of Oz, all she could think about was how she was going to get back to Kansas, because, as she so famously said, ‘There’s no place like home.’ Nearly 120 years after L. Frank Baum penned those lines, that hometown feeling remains in Kansas’ Cherokee County while it moves forward, attracting business and industry.
Solar Energy World Founder and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Mirkin is a man on a mission. He wants to show consumers how they can not only save money but earn money, all while benefiting the environment.
If you were to ask what is new at Knauss Dried Beef in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, you might hear conflicting answers. On the one hand, nothing of the authentic process that Knauss uses to produce North America’s leading brand of dried beef has changed in 117 years. On the other hand, a lot has changed as Knauss is on top of consumer trends and proud to introduce P.J.’s Beef Medallions line of salty snacks, to offer a ready-to-eat version of its classic creamed chipped beef in a microwaveable pouch, and to inspire hosts to create hors-d’oeuvres that will have party guests asking for more.
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