2017

What Great Camps are Made Of

What Great Camps are Made Of

Ontario Camps Association (OCA)

Camp is where relationships are forged, skills are developed, and individuals have the opportunity to build character and have fun. Camp provides people with a chance to be free, to collaborate, to learn about oneself and the environment. It also happens to be a $500 million industry in the province of Ontario.
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To say Ontario is an ideal location for camping is an understatement. The province’s natural endowments include over 250 000 lakes, more than 100 000 kilometres of rivers, and a balance of unbridled wilderness, serene nature, spectacular vistas, groomed parks, beaches, trails and recreational facilities to take advantage of.

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

City of Cibolo, TX

Since 2000, the city of Cibolo, Texas, has grown by 843 percent, from 3,000 people to nearly 30,000. What’s behind the city’s exponential growth? Business in Focus sat down with Mark Luft, Economic Development Director of the City of Cibolo, to learn what’s attracting so many people to this burgeoning city.
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Cibolo is a suburb of San Antonio located in Guadalupe County, a rural county adjacent to the San Antonio metropolitan area.

New Jersey’s Largest Convention Center

New Jersey’s Largest Convention Center

Atlantic City Convention Center

Boardwalk Hall was formerly known as the Atlantic City Convention Hall and was the city’s first convention center. Built in 1929, it is the home of the Miss America Pageant and is an iconic landmark in Atlantic City that draws tourists to the area. The Atlantic City Convention Center was built in 1997 and is now the largest convention center in New Jersey. Both are managed by Spectra Venue Management. Formerly known as Global Spectrum, Spectra Venue Management has been in business since 2000, managing convention centers, arenas and stadiums around the country.
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The private management company Spectra Venue Management has contracts with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to manage venues on its behalf. The CRDA is the owner of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall for which Spectra is responsible for overall management including promotion administration, maintenance of the building, accounting, risk management, the daily management of food and beverage and all other operations associated with the venues.

Agriculture Reimagined

Agriculture Reimagined

Midwestern BioAg

Midwestern BioAg is a well-renowned manufacturer and distributor of specialty fertilizers. The company was built upon the knowledge and research of one of its founders, Gary Zimmer, whose books have affirmed him as a respected authority on the subject of biological farming. The second edition of The Biological Farmer was co-published in 2016 with Leilani Zimmer-Durand, who also co-wrote Advancing Biological Farming with Zimmer in 2011.
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Biological farming works together with nature to create ideal growing conditions. Whether it is the soil composition, the chemistry or biology, animal and crop nutrition, or in ways to make crops more resilient and lessen the reliance on chemicals, it is a balanced approach to farming that produces exceptional results.

Committed to Customer Success

Committed to Customer Success

Pacific Rim Engineered Products

Pacific Rim Engineered Products (PREP) is an engineered solutions provider in Surrey, British Columbia. This Canadian firm specializes in creating innovative products for the resource industries including oil, gas, and mining as well as marine.
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The current company was established in 1987 as an industrial gear distributor. It was initially structured as a distribution company but began to add physical shop services as it grew and established itself in the market. In the early nineties, it became apparent to leadership that the model was unsustainable and it began to shift its focus toward made-to-order industrial power-train products. The company saw the growth in this sector, adapted to work within it, and has maintained this course over the last twenty years.

Working Hard for Their Communities

Working Hard for Their Communities

Economic Development Partnership

The Economic Development Partnership is a public-private, non-profit organization in South Carolina. Its purpose is to promote the communities of Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda and McCormick to new businesses while serving the needs of existing businesses in the area.
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The Economic Development Partnership represents four counties on the western side of the state of South Carolina. “We’re in charge with bringing in new capital investment and job opportunities in manufacturing either through recruiting new companies into our region or fostering expansions with the existing industry that we already have,” says Economic Development Partnership President and Chief Executive Officer Will Williams.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

The Right Approach to Crisis Management

It’s something all of us could do without in our lives. Unfortunately, this crippling beast decides to rear its ugly head when and how it chooses. There is no individual, society, or country immune to its devastating presence. Neither are organizations, most of which have or most likely will have, to stare this beast in the face. Its name is ‘Crisis’ from the Greek word ‘Krisis’, meaning ‘decisive moment.’
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A crisis can be pernicious in its impact across all strata of an organization. It has to be acknowledged, identified, assessed and monitored through each phase of its unraveling. There is no time for hesitancy or complacency in addressing a crisis situation. It requires immediate organizational action and a crisis management plan that is not only timely and effective but is the right thing to do in everyone’s opinion. But how? The solution may be found in the intellectual disciplined process of critical thinking.

The Profession that Addresses Overall Well-Being

The Profession that Addresses Overall Well-Being

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) has approximately 14,000 members to date, comprised of physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants, businesses and those in academia. These are in fifteen specialized divisions, and there is a branch in each province and territory.
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Health is the greatest of human blessings Hippocrates once said. No one would deny this as being a universal truth. Good health leads to more fulfilling lives and overall happiness. To be blessed with good health is not a guarantee at birth. It takes a conscientious effort and a real desire to maintain the whole body system at its optimum level.

Twenty Years of Innovative Patient Care

Twenty Years of Innovative Patient Care

Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center

Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center is a private, physician-owned-and-designed outpatient healthcare center in Jackson, Michigan that has been recognized internationally for its commitment to providing excellent, timely and affordable patient care. Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center was founded in April 1997 and offers a range of medical services including ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry and general surgery.
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Throughout the years, Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center has pioneered procedures and technology to provide its patients with world-class medical and surgical services in a safe, calm and hospitable setting. In 1998, it was one of the first surgical centers to be accredited by not-for-profit The Joint Commission which certifies American healthcare organizations and programs. Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center’s accreditation means it is held to the same standards as a hospital.

Honest Cannabis Distribution

Honest Cannabis Distribution

Artemis Link

“At Artemis Link, our mission is to provide a service to the industry that’s rooted in craft, quality and integrity. Our motto is ‘Honest Distribution’ because we pride ourselves on the relationships we cultivate and the transparency we offer to our farm and processor partners,” says Whitney Hobbs, the owner of Artemis Link.
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Oregon has a long history of cannabis cultivation. In 1998, Oregon was the second state, after California, to legalize medical use of cannabis. It was a long fought battle that involved navigating the resistance of people who feared the stigma of cannabis and who were fed negative rhetoric for decades during prohibition. There were concerns about the product being diverted to other states and becoming more readily available to the youth in the area. It took a long time to build the proper framework and support that allowed people to be at ease with the process and to craft a bill that was considerate of their fears surrounding cannabis legalization. Nearly two decades later, Oregon has moved from a state in which cannabis is legal for medical purposes to one in which it is also legal for adult recreational use.

Elevating the Standard for Health and Wellness

Elevating the Standard for Health and Wellness

Viva Pharmaceutical

Viva Pharmaceutical Inc. is the largest and most dynamic manufacturer of pharmaceutical and natural health care products in British Columbia, Canada. The company has over twenty years of experience bringing together carefully selected raw materials that are guaranteed to be of the highest quality to formulate extensively tested health and wellness solutions.
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Founded in 1994 by Jason Ko, a pharmacist with immense knowledge and experience, Viva Pharmaceutical has become a leader in the contract manufacturing and private labelling market. It also has own line of branded natural health care supplements: Viva Nutraceuticals.

First Responders You Can Count On

First Responders You Can Count On

MedicOne Medical Response

In times of crisis, such as extreme weather events, people and communities are left vulnerable and in need of emergency medical services (EMS). The team at MedicOne Medical Response is ready to spring into action with experience, resources and a passion for quality patient care when it is needed the most.
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MedicOne Medical Response has facilities throughout the United States and is relied upon year-round. Just as emergencies and crisis situations take no holidays, the same can be said about the company and its team of professionals.

Focusing on Excellent Care

Focusing on Excellent Care

Neighbors Emergency Center

Neighbors Emergency Center is a freestanding emergency room with twenty-eight locations across Texas. It was originally started by eight doctors wanting to change the way emergency room medicine is given and focuses on patients’ needs and quality care.
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Neighbors Emergency Center opened its first location in 2008. “A group of eight doctors, most of which were working for good and varying hospitals in Houston, saw this possibility, came together and decided to open up a freestanding emergency room (ER),” says Neighbors Emergency Center Chief Operating Officer Bruce McVeigh.

Going the Extra Mile for Customers and Manufacturing the Future Since 1983

Going the Extra Mile for Customers and Manufacturing the Future Since 1983

Cameron Manufacturing and Design

Cameron Manufacturing and Design is a manufacturing company specializing in custom machinery, metal fabrication, and weldments. The company also offers a variety of engineering services. It is a one-stop fabrication, manufacturing, and machining house that can handle small to large scale production runs, turnkey projects, and more. But what truly makes the company unique is its capacity to solve challenging problems for customers.
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Cameron Manufacturing and Design was founded in 1983 as a small weld shop and installation company providing on-site services and metal fabrication solutions. In the beginning, the company consisted of four people; today it has grown to employ more than 230. The company’s primary facility is in Horseheads, New York, and it also has a smaller off-site facility.

Building a Greener Future

Building a Greener Future

Schiller Grounds Care

Under the guidance of company President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Cappucci, Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. is growing to expand service to customers in the demanding lawn and garden care industry. The company is committed to the superior and innovative design, quality engineering, manufacturing and marketing of some of the finest outdoor power equipment on the market. Many Schiller Grounds Care commercial mowers, debris management products and home gardening implements are literally used worldwide.
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Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. was formed on January 1, 2009, when Schiller-Pfeiffer, Inc. merged with Commercial Grounds Care, Inc., combining almost a century’s worth of in-depth lawn and garden care engineering and manufacturing knowledge. At the time, each company manufactured a smaller range of grounds care, landscaping, gardening and turf care products. Classen, Little Wonder and Mantis brands were made by Schiller-Pfeiffer, while BOB-CAT, Ryan and Steiner were brands of Commercial Grounds Care.

Perform, Protect

Perform, Protect

Propell

Propell has become one of North America’s leading producers of oilfield equipment. In addition to making equipment for oil and gas extraction, Propell offers refurbishment, training and after-sales support services. The company is proud of its products, technological edge and rigorous adherence to safety and quality.
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Much of what Propell makes is used for ‘hydraulic fracturing’ – that is to say, extracting gas and oil from formations of shale rock. ‘Fracking’ as the process is commonly called, involves high-pressure injections of fluid (generally, water, sand and other materials) into the ground to fracture the rock in order to extract the oil and gas.

An SME Transformation Effort in Pursuit of Industry 4.0

An SME Transformation Effort in Pursuit of Industry 4.0

Kilmarnock Enterprise

When Kilmarnock Enterprise attended the world’s largest industrial trade fair (Hannover Messe) in Germany in April 2017, the firm really began to understand the tremendous impact that Industry 4.0 would have on its future. Coined by the Germans back in 2011, Industry 4.0 (or what some are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution) was not even a concept up until then…
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Six years later, Kilmarnock Enterprise and many of its manufacturing clients are now seeing an enormous amount of disruption happening, whereby data has emerged as the ‘new oil’ – a shift that will reshape the competitive landscape of manufacturing firms all over the world.

How the World Gets to the Water

How the World Gets to the Water

EZ Loader Boat Trailers

Since 1953, EZ Loader Boat Trailers has been a leader in manufacturing boat trailers throughout the world. Serving as a one-stop shop for recreational boat trailers, EZ Loader manufactures them for nearly every boat and body of water.
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From its humble beginnings, EZ Loader Boat Trailers has become a respected marine industry leader due to its dedication to high-quality workmanship and excellent customer service.

Expertise for 120 Years

Expertise for 120 Years

Selas

Selas is a leading manufacturer of combustion components and combustion systems that aims to be the worldwide market choice as a leading-edge, one-stop provider for all combustion technologies.
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The company was founded in Germany in 1896 as a manufacturer of gas lamps for street lighting but has gone through many significant transformations. In the 1930s, having seen a great deal of success in the European market, it expanded its reach by opening its first facility in the United States and adapted its operation to suit the American market by refocusing on the development of combustion technologies for various ovens and furnaces.

High Quality, Innovative Kitchen Appliances

High Quality, Innovative Kitchen Appliances

Blendtec

The ‘Will It Blend?’ viral marketing campaign demonstrates the strength of Blendtec blenders by blending an assortment of unusual items. In the series of online videos, Blendtec founder Tom Dickson is known to have blended items such as marbles, golf balls and cellphones to show how powerful the machine is. The series began eleven years ago and Tom still travels the globe today blending odd items.
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Tom Dickson received a blender as a wedding present in 1968, and as an engineer, he deduced that even the best blenders on the market did not last long enough and could be of a higher quality. “It just didn’t last very long. It had plastic couplings, rubber here and there, and it wasn’t very reliable – no ball bearings in the motor, no ball bearings in the jar. And so I said, ‘Someday I’m going to produce blenders and appliances that will benefit the world and be indestructible,’” says Tom, the founder and CEO of Blendtec.

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