2015

A Wise Approach to Wellness

A Wise Approach to Wellness

Kardish Health Food Centre

Kardish is an Ottawa based health food store with a difference. Smaller sized and run by warm, attentive staff, the family owned business has the feel of an intimate, traditional neighbourhood grocery – but with a diverse and modern product line for one-stop shopping.
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With nine locations throughout Ottawa, shoppers never have to travel far to find their nearest Kardish. “We are really a model based on convenience,” says President and Owner Robert Assaf. A mid-size footprint also makes shopping easy. With each store measuring between 3,000 and 4,000 square feet, they are large enough to stock what shoppers need, yet small enough to navigate quickly. “There is not a big line; you can get in and out. You can get helped with what you need, get to the cash [register], pay for it, and be on your way.”

Clothed in Safety

Clothed in Safety

Workrite Uniform Company

Workrite Uniform Company has been a trailblazer in the flame-resistant (FR) clothing industry since it was founded in 1973. Four decades later, the California based business continues to bring exciting new firsts to the market, earning its place as a global leader in safety apparel.
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Quality is paramount in the safety apparel business. “These products are not just garments, they are safety equipment,” says FR Technical Manager Mark Saner. “Safety is the number one priority. We know these garments are going to be worn by people in potentially hazardous environments and we want them to perform the way they are supposed to.” To ensure top performance, the team maintains a focus on the Three Cs of Quality: quality components, quality construction and quality control.

Taking Off

Taking Off

CreeWest GP Inc.

CreeWest GP Inc. is a regional working group of economic development representatives from Weenusk (Peawanuck), Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan. The group originated in 2004, bringing the communities together to incubate the idea of a partnership designed to protect a vested interest in ongoing regional developments. The group is also realizing its dream of becoming a regional air service provider to northern communities.
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As a First Nations-owned business, CreeWest GP Inc. is fully committed to the support and advancement of First Nations’ initiatives, joint ventures and business ownership while improving overall community wellbeing. It has emphasized First Nations’ employment opportunities and supported community enterprises.

Keeping People Connected Through Technology

Keeping People Connected Through Technology

MCA Communications

Houston-based MCA Communications was established in 1983 and has developed a reputation for quality work and the capacity to overcome challenges on any project. The company provides comprehensive communications technology solutions; it designs, manages and enhances its clients’ communications technology infrastructure with the latest available technology.
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In its over thirty years in business, MCA Communications has completed over 5000 infrastructure cabling projects across the United States and around the world. The company has become an expert in its field and offers innovative services and solutions to a diverse range of clients in industries that include health care, energy, education, enterprise, large public venues and government.

Building Houston

Building Houston

Humphries Construction

Humphries Construction has 25 years of experience as a full service general contractor in the Houston area. This experience gives the mid-sized company a strong advantage over some of its larger competition…
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“We have the resources, experience, knowledge, and sophistication to handle large, complex projects, yet we are small enough to make sure we have experienced senior managers involved in of all our projects,” says President Kenneth M. Humphries. “Each project is led by a manager who has 20 or 30 years experience.”

Setting the Standards in Communication Infrastructure

Setting the Standards in Communication Infrastructure

Network Cabling Services

Network Cabling Services (NCS) has been delivering leading edge communication solutions for three decades. Specializing in structured cabling, audiovisual, and security integration, the Texas based company provides complete turnkey services from new construction and remodels to design and maintenance.
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The team can handle a variety of challenging projects. Most recently, they have been heavily involved with UTMB’s construction projects in Galveston; NCS just finished a major structured cabling job at UTMB’s new Clinical Services Wing and is currently installing structured cabling at Jennie Sealy Hospital, which will be a $438 million state of the art healthcare facility when construction is completed.

Great Work Deserves Its Place

Great Work Deserves Its Place

McCoy-Rockford

Houston-based McCoy-Rockford Inc. specializes in commercial interiors, including commercial office furniture, flooring and architectural walls. Its quality products and services have led to it becoming the leading provider of office furniture in the state of Texas. We spoke with McCoy Rockford’s Executive Management Team, comprised of CEO Kenneth Beaver, CFO David Barnett and the company’s Executive Vice Presidents (EVPs): EVP of Furniture Operations Corey Dupree, EVP of Floor Covering Elizabeth Greenman, EVP of Architectural Solutions Kansas Sartin and the Executive Vice Presidents of Sales and Design: Amy Lopez in Houston and Gary Rust in Austin.
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The Texas roots of McCoy-Rockford go back fifty years, but a new era began in January 2011 when McCoy Workplace Solutions of Houston merged with Rockford Business Interiors of Austin. Both companies were top Steelcase furniture dealers providing a full range of commercial interiors products and services including furniture, flooring and architectural walls. McCoy and Rockford developed a strong business relationship during the 1990s that grew tighter over the next two decades. Because of the extraordinary alignment of both companies and changes in the marketplace, a merging of brands eventually made sense. Forming a bigger, stronger company also created economies of scale that would help both dealerships grow.

Supporting the Commercial Construction Industry

Supporting the Commercial Construction Industry

AGC Houston

As the voice of the U.S. construction industry, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) supports the needs and concerns of its members, improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. Houston’s chapter has been supporting the commercial construction industry across a 24-county area since 1923.
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AGC Houston handles a variety of industry needs, from advocacy to networking. One of the association’s most important current initiatives is workforce development. “We have a lot of work to do to ensure that we have a sustainable workforce,” says AGC Houston President & CEO, Jerry Nevlud. “We as an industry have not done a good job of bringing young people into our industry.” As a result, the workforce is aging and contractors have been struggling to find new talent. A recent survey found that “the average age of our workers was 47; the average entry age was 29.” There has been a nationwide trend to encourage young people to choose an academic path over a vocational one, Nevlud explains, which has helped create this shortage of skilled tradesmen. “We got away from training and careers in technical [fields].”

Generations of Professional Service

Generations of Professional Service

M.J. Daly

Imagine living long enough to relate stories about the Great Depression, two World Wars, the invention of the television, or Orville Wright’s first flight. For a human to reach such a grand old age would be phenomenal. Yet, some American companies have been around for more than a century, such as renowned Dupont (1802), Colgate (1806), and Ford (1903), making the attaining of the ‘century or more in business’ milestone even more impressive – especially considering the challenging economic downturns of the past.
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For family-owned businesses to survive the test of time requires a different focus, one in which the perspective is not on the next six months, but rather the next generation – a generation that possesses the insight for innovation, building a strong brand, and developing a loyal customer base thorough proven quality of service.

Excellence in Service, Excellence in Staff

Excellence in Service, Excellence in Staff

Design Mechanical

Design Mechanical is a homegrown success story that proves there is still room for small start-ups to take on competitive industries and prosper. Beginning in one of the toughest economic times in US history, the odds stood strongly against the then small HVAC business. Today, the company is a leading player in the Midwest, providing everything from HVAC mechanical construction and service to refrigeration. Despite widespread growth, Design Mechanical has kept a people-focused ethos at its core, and according to General Manager Valerie Mussett, it is this commitment that is guiding its future.
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Based in Kansas City, Kansas, Design Mechanical has become the first point of call for Midwestern projects seeking out industrial, commercial or institutional HVAC work. The highly skilled, award winning, service provider has built a reputation for its expertise, particularly in the design side of HVAC systems. However, Design Mechanical’s success story has humble beginnings.

One Man and One Van

One Man and One Van

J.E. Shekell

All businesses must start somewhere. Like everything in life, beginnings can be humble. None more so than the experiences of John Shekell, who, thirty-seven years ago, made a decision to leave the company he had worked for and set up his own business.
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“He came in and simply told his wife that he was going to be starting a company,” says Kevin Shekell of his father, John.

The Future of Mechanical Contracting

The Future of Mechanical Contracting

Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)

The mechanical contracting industry is involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service – vital elements in the construction or renovation of any building. The industry’s importance to the construction industry is a given, but the exact role it will play in the future may shift as technological advancements and social changes force companies to evolve – or fall behind.
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Recognizing that we live in a rapidly changing world, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and its foundation, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation (MCERF), saw a need to assess the future of mechanical contracting. They asked Atul Dighe, Principal and Senior Futurist with consulting firm Social Technologies, to determine what is in store. The resulting report, “Five Key Trends for the Future of the Mechanical Contracting Industry,” predicts where the industry will be in 2020. A decade after the report was commissioned, the predicted trends continue to be relevant as 2020 closes in.

On Top of the Industry

On Top of the Industry

For over thirty years, McKinnis Roofing and Sheet Metal has earned a reputation for quality residential and commercial roofing projects. Its commitment to top-notch products and installation means it has come to be a reliable contractor upon which the people of Nebraska and Iowa can rely for full-service roofing, siding, window, gutter and sheet metal work.
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From the age of twelve, owner, Dave McKinnis was paid one dollar per bundle to take shingles up a ladder and put them on a roof. When he was fifteen, the state’s department of labor found he was hired to work construction jobs while underage and made him quit. That did not deter Dave or his older brother, as they worked for themselves throughout high school. After Dave graduated from school, he roofed in different states.

Where Quality and Craftsmanship Meet

Where Quality and Craftsmanship Meet

Pacific Sheet Metal

Pacific Sheet Metal’s team of eighty-five trained and experienced staff has served the roofing, waterproofing, HVAC and gutter needs of clients across western Colorado for almost fifty years. The family-owned company continues to build on its reputation as a quality contractor providing exceptional worksmanship, quality materials and the best possible customer service from project start to completion.
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Building on its reputation for quality, safety, reliability, timely project delivery and completion at competitive prices, With the necessary experience to provide valuable advice about their heating and air conditioning needs, Pacific assists all customers when it comes to choosing HVAC systems and solutions are appropriate to their individual needs.

Safety and Skill as Standard

Safety and Skill as Standard

Supreme Roofing

A commercial roofing company based out of Dallas, Texas, Supreme Roofing Systems has been on the roofing map since 1987. This award-winning commercial roofing company can handle everything from small offices to the largest high-rise structures. Supreme not only installs, but maintains, repairs, restores or replaces roof systems.
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Time after time, family-run businesses are shown to benefit from the common bonds and shared vision that a familial link provides. Maintaining a collective purpose over generations is one of the greatest challenges that a family-operated company can face, and the value of support and commitment that comes from being family run is unquantifiable in the modern business world. Supreme Roofing Systems is a prime example just such a company.

Coming Out on Top

Coming Out on Top

Malarkey Roofing Products

Malarkey Roofing Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of roofing products for both commercial and residential applications. The company offers an impressive range of top quality shingles, commercial systems and sustainable roofing solutions.
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Asphalt is a misunderstood product. Seen by many as dirty and smelly, it is a surprisingly emvironmentally friendly substance. About 65 million tons of asphalt is reclaimed every year, and of that, nearly 99 percent is either reused or recycled. Though commonly thought of only as road surfacing, it is also used for roofing, waterproofing, fuel and a host of other uses. Asphalt shingles are one of the largest asphalt-using industries, and Malarkey Roofing Products has been employing asphalt to create innovative roofing solutions since 1956.

Committed to Its Mission

Committed to Its Mission

Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage delivers marine construction and infrastructure support services within the United States, and casualty response around the world.
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Experts at working within a dynamic marine environment, the Seattle based team specializes in everything from commercial diving, marine construction, and unmanned subsea technologies to casualty and emergency response, offshore services, and non destructive testing training and consulting services. “The breadth of our services has been a direct result of our clients asking us to provide value added services,” shares CEO and President Devon Grennan.

Navigating Troubled Waters Via Experience and Innovation

Navigating Troubled Waters Via Experience and Innovation

Foresea Consulting

Foresea Consulting is a new management and crisis advisory firm for the maritime and environmental service communities. Opened just three months ago, the Long Island based business is an exciting new addition to the industry, contributing top-notch expertise as well as a bold new business model.
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Foresea’s services revolve around three key areas: Strategic Planning, Regulatory Compliance, and Emergency Response.

The Voice of the Spill Response Industry

The Voice of the Spill Response Industry

Spill Control Association of America (SCAA)

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) is the voice of spill response professionals. From equipment manufacturers and response contractors to scientists, commercial divers, wildlife research and rescue folks, and spill management firms, the association brings together the full gamut of professionals who respond to environment-threatening disasters, giving them the support and networking that they need.
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“SCAA has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to ensure the preparedness of the private response community,” says SCAA President Rick Lewis. “Our board of directors is committed to ensuring our members maintain a focus on the health and safety of their employees; provide customers with quality, reputable service; and have a direct positive impact on the quality of the global environment.”

Complete Water Management Solutions

Complete Water Management Solutions

AK Industries

AK Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of fiberglass and polyethylene products for the wastewater industry. The Plymouth, Indiana based company produces a line of polyethylene septic tanks, sump pits, basins, and plumbing accessories as well as providing custom rotational molding services including product development and production.
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“I believe that we are the only manufacturer that manufactures all of those different product lines,” says Business Development & Sustainability Director Pete Sabo. “It is complete water management manufacturing.” From massive 10,000-gallon fiberglass lift stations for municipalities to small capacity ejector basins for the residential market, the team covers it all.

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