Nate Hendley

Hemp for Health

Hemp for Health

Green Wellness Life

Green Wellness Life distributes a wide array of cannabis-based goods, used primarily for health and healing. None of its wares—sold online and at a retail outlet in Caledonia, Michigan—will get you high.

Brewing Up New Customers and Products

Brewing Up New Customers and Products

Specific Mechanical Systems

Specific Mechanical Systems is at a turning point. The Victoria, British Columbia-based firm specializes in the design, manufacture, and installation of brewing and distilling equipment for alcoholic beverages.

Building Capacity in Anticipation of Massive Growth

Building Capacity in Anticipation of Massive Growth

Polyplex USA

Polyplex USA LLC, the Decatur, Alabama-based branch of Polyplex Corporation of India, is poised for massive growth. This major producer of polyethylene terephthalate—aka polyester or PET—film used in packaging and industrial applications wants to expand its capacity, market share, product line, personnel, and facilities.

Celebrating a Milestone with New Products and Big Goals

Celebrating a Milestone with New Products and Big Goals

Performance Plastics Ltd.

Performance Plastics Ltd. (PPL) of Cincinnati, Ohio marked its fortieth anniversary this year as a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance thermoplastic components. The company works with specialized polymers and tight tolerances, and follows rigorous quality assurance protocols. It anticipates big growth shortly, based on its wealth of experience and cutting-edge products such as EnduroSharp® aerospace maintenance tools.

Sunny Skies Ahead

Sunny Skies Ahead

Town of Gilbert, AZ

In recent years, the Town of Gilbert, Arizona has experienced explosive growth while earning an enviable reputation as a productive, low-crime community with many charms. Once a sleepy agricultural community, the booming town is now home to over 271,000 residents. Its municipal government works hard to assist companies and maintain growth through careful planning and strategic investments.

Innovative Construction Firm Continues to Take New Paths

Innovative Construction Firm Continues to Take New Paths

New Path Construction and Consulting

New Path Construction and Consulting has taken some, well, new paths since Construction in Focus profiled this innovative firm in April 2021. From launching a low-voltage division to spinning off a cutting-edge design business, work has continued apace at this Hanover Park, Illinois-based company. Most significantly, New Path has received some major industry recognition, placing 39th on the Inc. magazine list of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Companies in the Midwest, 2022.

Big Expansion Means Enhanced Client Service

Big Expansion Means Enhanced Client Service

Contemporary Office Interiors (COI)

Contemporary Office Interiors (COI) has gone national following a merger and acquisition that dramatically extended the contract furniture firm’s market reach. Announced on February 1, the merger with Business Interiors and purchase of Workplace Resource, both of Toronto, has transformed COI into “the leading contract furniture dealer in Canada,” reports a company press release. Thanks to the expansion, the business has grown from 130 employees to 210.

Saving Money and the Environment by Restoring Damaged Electronics

Saving Money and the Environment by Restoring Damaged Electronics

AREPA

It is a common nightmare for anyone who owns a manufacturing or industrial plant that a disaster—natural or otherwise—strikes their facility, damaging specialized technical equipment. The inclination, in such situations, is to throw out any damaged electronics and buy replacements. If a company wants to save time and money, however, they could contact disaster recovery experts AREPA instead.

Enhanced Safety, Performance and Productivity

Enhanced Safety, Performance and Productivity

Telematics Solutions for Smarter Trucking

In decades past, long-distance commercial truckers faced limited options when it came to communicating with fleet operations managers. Once they hit the highway, truck drivers could radio in their location, mileage, and other performance indicators—provided they had a radio and clear reception. Beyond reports from the driver, there was no way an operations manager could monitor real-time truck performance while back in the office.

This Joint Venture Has Big Plans for Growth

This Joint Venture Has Big Plans for Growth

ArtiFlex Manufacturing

From its Grand Rapids, Michigan headquarters, ArtiFlex Manufacturing, an innovative, vertically integrated enterprise, has big plans for growth based on partnerships with other businesses. The firm’s name—an amalgam of artisan and flexible—summarizes its unique approach to design and manufacturing, with the company organized into four groups devoted to innovation, tooling, automation, and manufacturing.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Globe Food Equipment

These are busy times at Globe Food Equipment Corporation, a Dayton, Ohio-based firm which designs and manufactures commercial kitchen equipment. Since Business in Focus profiled Globe in October 2018, the company has introduced new products, adjusted to the market realities of COVID, and taken up distribution duties for a company called Varimixer.

Growing, Dreaming and Building

Growing, Dreaming and Building

The Town of Davie, FL

A spirit of community and growth pervades the Town of Davie, located in Broward County, Florida, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. The Town responded decisively when the virus struck, protecting residents and helping businesses. Now that the worst of the pandemic has hopefully passed, Davie is eager to finish a series of large capital projects and launch new developments.

New Braunfels Continues to Bloom

New Braunfels Continues to Bloom

New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation (NBEDC)

New Braunfels was booming when Business in Focus profiled the Central Texas city in November 2019. The boom has not subsided despite COVID-19, and the city continues to attract new residents, new construction, and new developments. Over the past three years, several major companies have either expanded operations in New Braunfels or announced plans to set up in the city.

Wired

Wired

The Internet of Things and the Connectivity of Modern Life

Once viewed as the stuff of science fiction movies, ‘connected’ consumer goods have become ubiquitous. Using ‘smart devices,’ homeowners can remotely program their coffee makers and barbecues, download directions in the car and automate chores such as watering the garden. Smart gadgets connect via an online network known as the Internet of Things (IoT) to relay data and receive commands.

Family-Run Firm Deals with COVID and Builds Its Business

Hightowers Petroleum Company

Hightowers Petroleum Company (HPC) has successfully adapted to the challenges posed by COVID and shifting energy markets. Incorporated in 1984, this Middletown, Ohio-based, family-run gas and diesel wholesaler, profiled in the July 2019 issue of Business in Focus magazine, continues to be a leading African-American-owned fuel company, primarily serving the downstream petroleum sector.

Adding Capacity – and a New Manufacturing Operation

Adding Capacity – and a New Manufacturing Operation

Polyplex Corporation

Polyplex Corporation Ltd. has been a global market leader in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyester and metallized film markets for the past couple of decades. Polyplex’s’ entire growth in all these years has been through green or brown field expansions in diverse geographies and keeping in agreement with the group’s philosophy of “being where the customer is.” Polyplex’s portfolio of films are primarily used in packaging and industrial applications. Business has been very robust in part due to increased demand for packaged foods and medical packaging in the wake of COVID-19.

Family Firm Weathers the COVID Crisis Amid Ownership Change

Family Firm Weathers the COVID Crisis Amid Ownership Change

Lester R. Summers, Inc. (Summers Trucking)

A few months ago, Lester R. Summers, Inc., a venerable, family-owned, heavy haul transport company based in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, met with each individual in its company to discuss the company’s response to COVID-19. The effects had hit Pennsylvania hard.

Community Focus and Customer Commitment

Community Focus and Customer Commitment

Allstates Rigging

Allstates Rigging – a woman-owned, turnkey rigging contractor based in Two Rivers, Wisconsin – is in expansion mode. The firm’s skills include forklift operations, plant relocation, and machinery transportation, and it recently acquired a machining facility to augment its services. As befitting the company name, Allstates works with clients across the USA.

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