Samita Sarkar

How a Growing Suburb Retains Its Character

How a Growing Suburb Retains Its Character

City of Wauwatosa, WI

Milwaukee County’s City of Wauwatosa is the perfect place to live and work in the State of Wisconsin. For years, both public and private land has been creatively re-imagined and repurposed, giving the historic city its own unique flavor that cannot be replicated by any other Milwaukee area suburb.
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When we featured the charming city last year, it had made substantial investment in public spaces, revitalizing its two business districts in The Village and North Avenue, even creatively turning an old parking lot into a landscaped gathering space. The city also invested in its prime retail centers. For instance, when launching the chic Mayfair Collection plaza, ownership transformed an under-utilized warehouse building into a 47,563 square foot Whole Foods Market and a HomeGoods, which opened in early 2016.

Growing Strong on the Bayfront

Growing Strong on the Bayfront

City of Hercules, CA

On the coast of the San Pablo Bay, in western Contra Costa County, lies the City of Hercules. Just 30 minutes away from downtown San Francisco, the city of approximately 26,000 residents possesses its own unique story…
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The City of Hercules’ modern history was shaped by the Hercules Plant, a dynamite manufacturing facility owned by California Powder Works (later Hercules Powder Company) that opened in 1881 and served the mining and construction markets. The company sold its product under the name Hercules Powder, evoking the strength of the fabled god. Just 19 years later, the area was incorporated as a city named for its most famous product.

Wide Open Opportunity

Wide Open Opportunity

Pinal County, AZ

Located between Phoenix and Tucson, in a scenic area of south-central Arizona, is Pinal County. With the Superstition Mountains in its north and the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness area in the south, Pinal County’s scenic location of wide open beauty is just one of many unique features it offers its residents. The county also boasts a variety of opportunities in just about any industry you could imagine.
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Since we last featured the majestic county in 2018, it has been aggressively expanding its opportunities in its six core sectors: transportation and logistics, manufacturing (both advanced and general), health services, natural renewable resources, aerospace and defense, and tourism.

Your Health Facility’s Partner in Cost-Effective, Sustainable, Compliant Solutions

Your Health Facility’s Partner in Cost-Effective, Sustainable, Compliant Solutions

Medical Waste Management

Medical Waste Management serves its customer-partners in the healthcare market by providing exceptional service and substantial cost savings while handling medical disposal.
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Headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, the team of medical waste experts serves healthcare facilities in the Gulf South region and is continuing to grow, so customers can rest assured that their waste disposal is being handled in a cost-effective, compliant, and environmentally responsible manner.

Holistic Redevelopment in New England

Holistic Redevelopment in New England

Devens Enterprise Commission

Located in central Massachusetts, Devens is a regional enterprise zone perfect for businesses looking to boost their eco-efficiency as they grow. The 4,400-acre former army base, which is less than an hour’s drive from Boston and 35 minutes from Worcester, has been repurposed as a model of sustainable development. Within three years, the community, named for Civil War General Charles Devens, will be LEED certified to the newest standards.
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This universally recognized U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) standard means Devens will meet the modern requirements under LEED for Communities version 4.1. Devens has been working to become an environmentally friendly haven for booming businesses since 1996, when Fort Devens was closed and turned over to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for redevelopment.

Leading the Future of Urban Development

Leading the Future of Urban Development

LEED for Cities

On a quest to create sustainable, smart and equitable cities around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the LEED for Cities program in December 2016.
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LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an environmental rating system that has traditionally been used for buildings since the 1990s. Today, LEED is being applied to entire cities and communities as well, allowing them to measure and improve their performance and set a positive example for other parts of the country and the planet.

In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul

Speedee Transport

Speedee Transport is a Burnaby-based logistics company specializing in providing temperature-controlled transportation solutions. From major corporations like Loblaws and Nestlé to smaller startups like TruLocal, western Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors have come to depend on Speedee as a trusted transport partner to deliver everything from food to furniture.
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Founder and Chairman Eric Ee started the family-owned business in 1976 under the umbrella of Rolls Right Industries, after immigrating to Canada from Malaysia. Working long hours and risking everything he had to build the business from scratch, he grew his company based on five pillars of success: Long-Term Thinking; Be Systematic; Specialize; Be Customer Focused; and Embrace Technology.

Your Dedicated Partner in Logistics

Your Dedicated Partner in Logistics

Transource Freightways

Transource Freightways Ltd. is an industry leader in freight logistics and warehousing services, specializing in moving electronics, bedding, and appliances on North America’s west coast.
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The Delta, British Columbia-based company was first established in 2005 by Owner and President Kal Kajla. After spending most of his teenage life working on his father’s potato farm and delivering crops, he quickly learned the art of supply and demand, and was inspired by his father’s entrepreneurial vision.

The Boons of Hard Work and a Great Location

The Boons of Hard Work and a Great Location

Boonslick Regional Planning Commission

The Boonslick Region is a growing part of the State of Missouri, bound by the beautiful Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Boonslick comprises three counties: Warren, Lincoln, and Montgomery. These counties are favored destinations for burgeoning businesses and skilled job seekers, and Boonslick’s population (currently around 100,000) is still set to reach 150,000 by 2030.
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Since Business in Focus last featured the Boonslick Region in 2017, there has been a major push toward workforce development, both to keep the growing community economically robust and in anticipation of further growth to come. In the last two years, this manufacturing hub has seen tens of millions of dollars in investment and hundreds of new jobs. Part of the reason for that is ACT, a non-profit dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Through the ACT Work Ready Communities® (WRC) program, ACT’s workforce solutions are helping counties, states, and regions throughout the U.S. to thrive by providing workers with training in key skills that are required in 77 percent of jobs.

Ready to Work and Grow in the Mid-South

Mississippi County, Arkansas is unique in many ways. Located in the far eastern part of the state, it is named for the famous Mississippi River that runs along its eastern border, separating it from the State of Missouri. The county of approximately 45,000 residents is also the first ACT® Work Ready Community in its state, and is ready to grow...

Going the Extra Mile with Innovation

Going the Extra Mile with Innovation

Innovative Transportation Services

Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) is an asset-based transportation provider based in Buffalo, New York. ITS is a subsidiary of Sonwil Logistics, which has been serving western New York State and the surrounding area for over 35 years. Taking pride in its core value of innovation, ITS doesn’t shy away from new technology, even if it means being among the first users.
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“We want to a leading edge transportation provider, and that’s why we are willing to take the risk of being an early adopter when it comes to CNG power, or specialized equipment such as heavy permitted trailers and electric trucks. We want customers to feel like they are working with a forward-thinking, progressive company and not just another diesel truck out there on the road,” says Bill Loupée, Vice President.

Focusing on People

Focusing on People

ICAT Logistics

Now in its 26th year of business, ICAT Logistics has grown from a small outfit into a global player and top Baltimore-area workplace. ICAT Logistics has a total of 18 locations around the United States with several partners located in Asia. The global logistics solutions provider focuses on people: serving clients by turning their problems into solutions, while supporting and developing their teams internally.
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“One of the reasons that we have had consistent growth is that we have been adding the right people to the team,” says Nicole Reed, Marketing Supervisor. “When we hire, we figure out what the person’s greatest strengths are and apply them to the job role so they can thrive in their position. We also onboard growth-oriented agencies. Our ICAT agencies are our partners and are committed to the ICAT model. We provide a great customer experience that not only retains and grows our customer base, but creates a word-of-mouth scenario so our current customers will tell others about the service we provide.”

Offering Something Extra to the Home Buyer

Offering Something Extra to the Home Buyer

DiGreen Homes

DiGreen Homes is a Markham, Ontario-based builder that specializes in high-end residential homes in the Toronto area. Construction in Focus last featured the family-owned company in the November 2017 piece “How This New Builder Is Striving to Be Green,” where we discussed the now six-year-old business’ dedication to creating only a small number of high-end, eco-friendly communities every year.
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Now, we follow up with Abubakar Masood, third-generation builder and President of DiGreen Homes, to talk about what’s in store for the company this spring.

On the Front Lines of EV Manufacturing Automation

On the Front Lines of EV Manufacturing Automation

PARI Robotics

PARI Robotics Inc. offers turnkey robotics and manufacturing solutions to its customers all over the world. Its North American Headquarters are in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and with locations worldwide, PARI specializes in manufacturing automation systems, including electric vehicle assembly systems for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). PARI is among one of the leading companies to be closely involved in the growing electric vehicle manufacturing solutions space. PARI also offers cutting edge IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) solutions compliant to the Industry 4.0 paradigm that help manufacturers drive operational efficiency, productivity, asset availability and reliability.
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While many competitors focus on a specific core process, PARI’s end-to-end automation solutions provide a single point of contact for businesses who want one company to handle their projects from start to finish. Because of its vertically integrated business model it is able to provide a variety of services and solutions in-house, and has the capability to take on projects of varying scale and complexity.

Premier Suburb of Milwaukee Grows More Vibrant While Preserving Its Roots

Premier Suburb of Milwaukee Grows More Vibrant While Preserving Its Roots

City of Wauwatosa, WI

The City of Wauwatosa, population 47,000, is just five miles from downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known for its historic beauty and modern amenities, Wauwatosa (named after the indigenous Potawatomi word for “firefly”) features three rivers running through the city, an entire subdivision on the National Register of Historic Places, topnotch shopping destinations and restaurants, and the 19.5-acre Hart Park.
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Much has happened in Wauwatosa, known to locals as “Tosa,” since we first featured the lively city in 2014. The latest expansion of Mayfair Mall, a popular shopping and dining area that boasts one of the highest occupancy rates in the country, has been completed. The expansion includes the addition of the only Nordstrom in the State of Wisconsin, and a new Container Store. Mayor Kathleen Ehley informs us that Wauwatosa has also entered an agreement with a developer to construct a large luxury hotel on the mall property. Interestingly, the brand will be re-using what was once an outdated office tower. The project will involve demolition of the interior and re-cladding of the exterior. The full-service hotel will feature a chef-driven restaurant, ballroom, and roof-top amenities.

Saving and Storing Energy with the Power of the Sun

Saving and Storing Energy with the Power of the Sun

Hannah Solar

For businesses looking to save on their long-term energy costs while reducing their carbon footprint, solar energy is an attractive option. Headquartered in Georgia, Hannah Solar is a leader in America’s solar integration field. It provides its clients with top-tier engineering, products, installation, and service of solar arrays, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, energy storage systems and backup generators.
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The full-service solar integrator was founded by Pete Marte in 2008. An engineer by trade, he was inspired while in the craft beer industry which involved frequent travelling, and by what he saw while he was on his business trips.

A Community of Collaboration

A Community of Collaboration

Adams County, IN

Laden with trails and parks, and just a half-hour’s drive from Fort Wayne, Adams County is the ideal community in Indiana for those who seek the best of both worlds…
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“I have an outsider’s perspective, because I didn’t grow up in the area,” says Trevor Hobbs, Executive Director at the Adams County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC). “I was really shocked when I first moved here, with what the county had to offer. It is the best of both worlds – being both a small town community and very close to the second largest city in the state. We have a good sense of community that we find in small towns. People know each other; people are nice to each other. There is a small town atmosphere, but at the same time you have all the amenities of a big city that is half an hour away.”

Where the Sky Is the Limit

Where the Sky Is the Limit

Quadbridge

In 2007, a group of IT professionals in Montreal, Quebec decided to launch a full-service IT solutions business that focused on value-added, engaged client services for mid- to large-sized businesses around Canada and the United States. The company, Quadbridge Inc., has experienced 2,100 percent growth in the last five years and is partnered with many of the technology industry’s major players – including Microsoft, HP, and Lenovo – while also serving its community through giving back.
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Pejman “PJ” Emam, the CEO and one of the founding partners of this hardware and software solutions provider, is known within the bootstrap company for instilling the mentality that the sky is the limit. With a disruptive, direct, and fearless approach, the business of 52 employees has been able to add value to much larger Silicon Valley-based corporations and startups alike.

The Company that Believes in Reinvention

The Company that Believes in Reinvention

Kaspar Companies

What does it take to create a company that lasts over 120 years? According to the Kaspar Companies, there are three core values that have contributed to its identity and longevity since its foundation: stewardship, versatility, and family.
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Jason Kaspar, CEO and fifth-generation owner of the Shiner, Texas-based parent company, reveals that it has reinvented itself several times in the course of its history, and is in fact currently going through a period of reinvention right now.

Collaboration and Community

Collaboration and Community

Coshocton Port Authority Economic Development

In the rolling hills of East Central Ohio is the historic, rural, and artistic County of Coshocton. The close-knit community of 37,000 is known for offering residents a true sense of belonging to a place with a reasonable cost of living, low crime rates, and growing job opportunities.
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“We have the best of every world. We have a unique historical aspect with the Ohio Canal, but we also have a solid recreation and hospitality industry,” says Tiffany Swigert, Executive Director of Coshocton Port Authority Economic Development. “We have a sense of everyone being neighbors. It is rare in a community that you know almost everyone that you pass; yet, that is embraced here. Everyone waves to each other, acknowledges one other, and chances are, you know that person and their family, which is comforting.”

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