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2023 | February 2023 | Transport, Supply Chain & LogisticsThis Gas and Diesel Downstream Wholesaler Goes Upstream and ElectricHightowers Petroleum Company

2023 | February 2023 | Transport, Supply Chain & Logistics

This Gas and Diesel Downstream Wholesaler Goes Upstream and Electric

Hightowers Petroleum Company

There have been some major developments since Hightowers Petroleum Company (HPC), a prominent gas and diesel wholesaler based in Middletown, Ohio, was profiled in April 2021 in Resource in Focus magazine. This leading, family-owned, African American business has expanded into new markets and has ambitions of becoming a billion-dollar company.

2022 | September 2022Celebrating a Milestone with New Products and Big GoalsPerformance Plastics Ltd.

2022 | September 2022

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.

2022 | August 2022 | AZ 22Sunny Skies AheadTown of Gilbert, AZ

2022 | August 2022 | AZ 22

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.

2022 | August 2022 | Construction Infrastructure & UtilitiesInnovative Construction Firm Continues to Take New PathsNew Path Construction and Consulting

2022 | August 2022 | Construction Infrastructure & Utilities

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.

May 2022 | ServicesBig Expansion Means Enhanced Client ServiceContemporary Office Interiors (COI)

May 2022 | Services

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.

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.


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