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2021 | December 2021 | In FocusSaving Money and the Environment by Restoring Damaged ElectronicsAREPA

2021 | December 2021 | In Focus

Saving Money and the Environment by Restoring Damaged Electronics


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.

2021 | December 2021 | In FocusEnhanced Safety, Performance and ProductivityTelematics Solutions for Smarter Trucking

2021 | December 2021 | In Focus

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.

2021 | October 2021 | TechnologyPositioned for GrowthArtiFlex Manufacturing

2021 | October 2021 | Technology

Positioned 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.

2021 | September 2021Moving ForwardGlobe Food Equipment

2021 | September 2021

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.

2021 | In Focus | July 2021Growing, Dreaming and BuildingThe Town of Davie, FL

2021 | In Focus | July 2021

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.

2021 | In Focus | July 2021New Braunfels Continues to BloomNew Braunfels Economic Development Corporation (NBEDC)

2021 | In Focus | July 2021

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.

2021 | In Focus | June 2021WiredThe Internet of Things and the Connectivity of Modern Life

2021 | In Focus | June 2021


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.

2021 | April 2021 | In FocusFamily-Run Firm Deals with COVID and Builds Its BusinessHightowers Petroleum Company

2021 | April 2021 | In Focus

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.

2020 | December 2020 | In FocusAdding Capacity – and a New Manufacturing OperationPolyplex Corporation

2020 | December 2020 | In Focus

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.

2020 | In Focus | March 2020 | October 2020From a Forge to a Vocational Vehicle Suspension and Steering PowerhouseSimard Suspensions

2020 | In Focus | March 2020 | October 2020

From a Forge to a Vocational Vehicle Suspension and Steering Powerhouse

Simard Suspensions

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.

2020 | In Focus | March 2020 | October 2020New Markets and Machinery Take Center Stage for this Prominent Packaging CompanyKaufman Container

2020 | In Focus | March 2020 | October 2020

New Markets and Machinery Take Center Stage for this Prominent Packaging Company

Kaufman Container

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.

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusFrom Mood Rings to Big GrowthMetro Plastics Technologies

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

From Mood Rings to Big Growth

Metro Plastics Technologies

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.

2019 | December 2019 | In FocusKeeping Pace with Rapid GrowthTown of Davie, FL

2019 | December 2019 | In Focus

Keeping Pace with Rapid Growth

Town of Davie, FL

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.


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