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.
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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.
Simard Suspensions designs, manufactures, and installs front and rear suspensions and steering systems for vocational trucks. The Quebec-based firm has a new assembly plant, a popular patented front tandem suspension system, and a culture of innovation. The company also does truck conversions and offers a cutting-edge line of modified vocational vehicles for off-road work.
Kaufman Container has been a leader in the packaging industry for over 100 years, yet they continue to find new and innovative ways to evolve as a company. They have adopted new markets, invested in new state-of-the-art decorating equipment and have put an emphasis on sustainability. In other words, a lot has changed since Business in Focus last profiled Kaufman Container in 2016.
Now approaching its forty-fifth anniversary, Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc. of Noblesville, Indiana owes much of its initial success to a goofy disco-era fashion trend involving rings with acrylic stones that changed color. However, the company’s long-term success comes from doing excellent work, offering an array of custom injection molding services, and maintaining strong customer relations.
The Town of Davie, Florida has been a busy place of late. Since Business in Focus profiled this booming Broward County community in December 2018, several long-term construction projects have been seeing results. Davie officials also unveiled a strategy designed to guide economic development through 2023 while maintaining service levels in a period of major growth.
Select Tool, Inc. of Oldcastle, Ontario, has undergone many changes since the firm was profiled in September 2017 in Business in Focus magazine. Many positive changes, that is, despite uncertainty in the automotive market which makes up the bulk of its business. Select’s Mexican satellite plant has begun operations, and the company has expanded its domestic facilities.
Much is the same at Nationwide Boiler Incorporated, since Business in Focus last featured the California-based firm in its December 2018 issue. The scope of its operations, however, continues to expand.
Attabotics Inc. is a Calgary-based company with ground breaking technology and big ambitions. The firm, in its own words, is all about ‘creating the supply chain for modern commerce.’ Its vehicle for achieving this goal is a cutting-edge, three-dimensional, robotic warehousing and order fulfillment system.
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New Braunfels, TX
Located in Central Texas near major transportation routes, the city of New Braunfels is one of the fastest-growing communities in America. The city has become a popular destination for businesses, tourists, and residents alike. Now, as it approaches its 175th anniversary, local officials plan to mark the city’s founding by highlighting its unique heritage and contemporary appeal.
Warehouse pallet racking systems used for product storage are sometimes seen as an afterthought. Once in place, they are expected to serve their purpose without much care, as storage locations for a company’s inventory. Unfortunately, the reality is much different, says Eric Naaman, president of Damotech, North America’s largest rack safety solutions specialty firm.
Fueling the Economy, Enhancing Security and Improving the Environment
The Texas Oil and Gas Association
The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) has a simple message: oil and natural gas are good for Texas and the United States in general. Oil and natural gas drive the Texas economy, generating billions of dollars in annual royalties and taxes while providing high-paying jobs to nearly 350,000 people. Surging oil and natural gas production has enhanced domestic security by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign fuel sources, while industry-funded innovations have had a positive environmental impact.
OK Tire is on the move. Canada’s largest independent tire and automotive service retailer has embarked on a five-year, $100 million drive to expand its distribution capabilities to serve a rapidly growing network of stores.
Three firms, devoted to poultry, freight, and logistics respectively, operate under the wing of the E.J. Family of Companies. All three are based in Puyallup, Washington and owe their existence in large part to the popularity of southern chicken.
Emerging from a battering by Hurricane Harvey two years ago, Wharton, Texas has embarked on a remarkable upward trajectory. As Business in Focus noted in a profile in 2018, community spirit has triumphed over adversity.
Hightowers Petroleum Company (HPC) has a presence in every state and is currently the largest African-American-owned downstream petroleum wholesale marketer operating in the U.S. This family-owned business sells gasoline and diesel to automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), grocery chains, the steel industry, utilities and other Fortune 500 companies, and it takes pride in its comprehensive service.
It’s been a good year so far for Saturn Oil & Gas, Inc., a rising firm in Canada’s energy sector staffed by a young, ambitious management team.
There has been much talk recently about vehicles that can drive themselves. Much of this attention has been focused on self-driving cars, designed to take passengers to and fro. Self-driving cars, however, are still largely a dream and remain in the research and development phase.
ECS, Inc. International is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas with manufacturing operations in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea and China along with a global distribution network to market its products. ECS produces frequency management products including quartz crystals, quartz filters, precision crystal clock oscillators, ceramic filters-resonators, metal power inductors and multiple other circuit board level components that will be introduced near term.
Cogent Power, Inc. designs and produces materials and components for transformers, generators, and motors. The company is the largest manufacturer of electro-transformer components in all of Canada and emphasizes quality, safety, and innovation. It uses lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles to enhance its products and processes.
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