April 2015

Smart Solutions for Emergency Response

Smart Solutions for Emergency Response

BEHR Energy Services

Calgary-based Behr Energy Services Ltd. started as an oil service company but, while that is still part of the business, the consultancy firm has since branched into emergency and risk management. Over the past ten years, growth in the industrial sector has been significant, and as of a few years ago, Behr has entered into the municipal arena. Business in Focus spoke with company President Todd Wilson to find out more.
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Behr started on the operations side of the oil and gas sector, providing engineering services and completion programs. As part of this, it dealt with well site supervision and regulatory compliance issues. At the time, the company had a strong background in sour gas operations. Back in 1984, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (now called the Alberta Energy Regulator) came out with regulations in response to blowouts that had occurred in some previous years from sour wells.

Equipment and Solutions for the Energy Industry

Equipment and Solutions for the Energy Industry

DistributionNOW

As a leader in supplying quality products to the energy sector, DistributionNOW has become a successful entity in supply chain management due in large part to its emphasis on customer service and efficiency.
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Headquartered in Houston, Texas, DistributionNOW is a global distributor of products catered toward the energy industry, such as pipe and tubing, manual and actuated valves, fittings, flanges, gaskets, fasteners, instrumentation, power transmission products, mill and janitorial supplies, hand and power tools, machine cutting tools, safety products, personal protective equipment (PPE), electrical products, artificial lift equipment, pumps, drilling and production products, and industrial paint and coatings. Offering more than 300,000 SKUs worldwide, DistributionNOW’s vast array of products for the energy industry means that the company has invested a lot in ensuring its products are delivered on time, no matter the location.

Promoting Change within the Produce Industry

Promoting Change within the Produce Industry

Dexter’s Farm

Dexter’s Farm supplies schools and restaurant chains throughout the American southeast with fresh, locally grown produce. Although the Buford, Georgia based distributor has been in business for over 30 years, the company took a new direction – and achieved significant growth – since Denny Cahan and Lane Westfall took over in 2008.
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The partners came into the industry as serial entrepreneurs with a background in healthcare software systems. “Being outsiders really helped us bring different viewpoints into this industry,” Mr. Cahan says. “For us, there really are no sacred cows when we look at the industry. That gives us an advantage.”

Meeting Oil Industry Needs

Meeting Oil Industry Needs

Oreco Canada Corp.

In the oil services industry, there are followers, and there are leaders. For almost sixty years, Oreco has remained at the forefront of state-of-the-art environmental solutions for oil-water-solids separation and recovery.
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Oreco specializes in the development and manufacture of turnkey systems for automated waste oil recovery and storage tank cleaning that are safe, better for the environment and highly cost-effective.

Precise Measurement Tools for Water Conservation

Precise Measurement Tools for Water Conservation

Master Meter

Since 1976, Master Meter has been a technology partner to water utilities. The company is a pioneer in the design, development, and manufacture of water meters used in homes and businesses throughout North America.
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Headquartered in Mansfield, Texas near Fort Worth, Master Meter specializes in developing smart water meter products that provide important water system information and consumption data. The company’s products help utilities’ customers become more proactive, act as better stewards of water resources, and help ratepayers better manage their water and drive down monthly bills.

Planning Ahead & Embracing our Past

Planning Ahead & Embracing our Past

City of Torrington

Nestled in the scenic countryside of Litchfield Hills, the City of Torrington has been northwestern Connecticut’s industrial and commercial hub for over a century.
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Easily accessible to major roadways, and just two hours from New York City and two and half hours from Boston, Torrington continues to enjoy a strong manufacturing sector with a growing emphasis on high precision operations. Torrington is, in fact, the largest ‘Micropolitan Community’ as designated by the US Census; with a population of 36,000, the community services approximately 180,000. “We still have space to continue that growth,” says Mayor Elinor Carbone, and the city is planning ahead to make sure that growth happens.

A Waterfront Treasure

A Waterfront Treasure

City of Norfolk

Known as the Cultural Center of Virginia, a hipster haven, and a prime location for innovation and entrepreneurialism, Norfolk, Virginia is on the radar. “We are an ever-evolving city, striving to become the most dynamic and authentic urban waterfront community in America,” shares Mayor Paul D. Fraim.
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“Our Downtown is vibrant, walkable, served by light rail, Amtrak, the Half Moone Cruise Terminal, recreational marina and amenities including the upscale retail MacArthur Center. We have innovative health care, the world’s best shipbuilders, a highly skilled workforce of transitioning military and a collaborative environment with our universities,” says the Mayor.

A Prosperous Economy and a Dynamic Community

A Prosperous Economy and a Dynamic Community

City of Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has developed quite the reputation for itself. The city is ranked tenth out of 357 metro areas for manufacturing job growth and 100th out of 240 small metros for overall jobs growth in 2014 by NewGeography. It is also ranked seventh out of 179 small metros for the presence of high-tech companies and 25th out of 179 small metros in the Best-Performing category by Milken Institute. And these are only a few of Fond du Lac’s recent recognitions!
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Though it was founded in 1836, the real turning point for this population of just over 43,000 occurred long after that. In 2008, its largest employer, Mercury Marine, was contemplating relocating its operations, and 3,000 highly-paid and highly-skilled jobs were in jeopardy. This also indirectly threatened upwards of 8,000 jobs in the community and a further 11,000 in the state of Wisconsin. The move ultimately would have changed the direction that the community of Fond du Lac was heading. In 2009, Mercury had 1,526 direct employees that were in jeopardy. They now have 3,000 employees or almost double the 2009 employment. The total jobs lost in the County would have been 5,900; in the 7-county region, 8,000 jobs; 11,000 would have been lost for the state. Approximately 250 companies in Fond du Lac County provided jobs or services to Mercury Marine (and over 1,000 Wisconsin companies outside the County). The Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation performed the impact analysis that formed the business case for the sales tax referendum.

Reinventing a West Virginia City

Reinventing a West Virginia City

City of Huntington

Ideally located along the Ohio River at the nation’s largest inland port, Huntington, West Virginia was once a thriving center for trade, railroad transport and steel processing. With natural resources in abundant supply, a diverse manufacturing sector also became a key player in the local economy…
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But times have changed, and manufacturing is not the gravy train it once was. Examples abound all over town. “We used to have a glass factory,” Mayor Steve Williams remembers. “Well, not many things are made in glass bottles now. It is all plastic.” A local factory that produced automobile bumpers ran into the same problem. An ink manufacturer has managed to stay in business, but modern technology has slashed the workforce from 1,000 to just a couple hundred. As America shifted to a high-tech future, Huntington was in danger of being left behind.

An Emerging Gem

An Emerging Gem

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Known as the friendliest community in Ontario, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is comprised of twenty-three communities and seven major cities across an area of 2,400 square kilometres – about three-quarters the size of the province of Prince Edward Island. With a population of approximately 104,000, scenic Chatham-Kent spreads from the shores of Lake St. Clair to the shores of Lake Erie and from Tilbury to the Highgate area.
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Created in 1998 by the merger of Kent County and its municipalities, the current single-tier municipality of Chatham-Kent traces its history back to the 1790s, when it served as a naval dockyard on the Thames River. An important site during the War of 1812, the area was also an integral part of the Underground Railroad during the 19th century, serving as a refuge for many slaves who escaped the United States for Canada.

Forging Ahead NBing the BEST!

Forging Ahead NBing the BEST!

The City of North Battleford

NB the BEST. Brief and to the point, North Battleford, Saskatchewan’s motto is fitting for a small city that thinks big and is committed to realizing its vision of excellence in service to its residents and to the business community.
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The North Saskatchewan River Valley opened up to settlement in the late 1800s, but it was the Canadian Northern Railway that founded North Battleford in 1904. The railway selected it as the new town site along its rail line rather than the well-established Battleford, then capital of the Northwest Territories. North Battleford became Saskatchewan’s fifth city in 1913.

Uncovering a Hidden Treasure

Uncovering a Hidden Treasure

City of West Fargo

It was Theodore Roosevelt who affirmed that it was his experiences in North Dakota that led to his presidency in 1901. North Dakota left an indelible impression on the 26th President of the United States, so much so that he became known as the “Cowboy of the Dakotas.”
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North Dakota continues to impress and garner national interest, as evidenced by recent U.S. Census Bureau findings. The state grew by more than two percent between 2011 and 2012, representing a growth rate three times above than the national average.

Focused on Technology

Focused on Technology

Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber

Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the Mahoning Valley, the Youngstown Warren metro area is well situated to take advantage of the shale boom. However, city leaders recognized the inherent risks of putting all of the community’s eggs in one, short term basket and chose an alternative approach.
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“We’ve done a really good job of not relying on the drilling boom, but rather the supply chain service industry that supports it and leads to economic diversity,” says Guy Coviello, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber. “The drilling boom has a pretty short lifespan, maybe 20 years – but we are talking about 100 years of supply chain services. And the infrastructure that we have created for that industry is now available for other industries also.”

Naturally Gifted and Economically Viable

Naturally Gifted and Economically Viable

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Located along the TransCanada Highway and nestled amongst the Great Lakes, you will find Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. With a population of approximately 75 000, “The Soo” as it is commonly referred to, is a relatively small community with a great amount of potential.
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Between the bustling activity of local industry, entrepreneurship and innovation, and the vibrant arts and cultural communities which have developed, The Soo boasts a balance of urban amenities and access to nature in its purest form.

A Company with Heart

A Company with Heart

J. Calnan & Associates

J. Calnan & Associates (JC&A) is a leading provider of construction management and preconstruction services in the Academic, Corporate, Healthcare and Science & Technology markets throughout New England and beyond.
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As one of the largest merit shop construction managers in Massachusetts, J. Calnan & Associates performs about $130 million of work each year for A-list clients including Boston Properties, Biogen IDEC, SAP, Children’s Hospital, Red Hat, Compuware, PTC Inc, Reebok, The Park School, New England Sports Network (NESN), Philips, Constant Contact, The MathWorks and General Electric.

Building a New Future

Building a New Future

City of Rochester, New Hampshire

Rochester, New Hampshire is bridging an industrial past with a high tech future. “A lot of people say they are prepared for the future, but what they are really prepared for is for things to go back to the way they used to be,” says Economic Development Manager Karen Pollard, CEcD, EDP. “People have to let the past go because the future is going to be completely different.”
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The real question for today is, “if you are going to own a business in the next ten years, what would you need to do right now?”

Welding Success

Welding Success

NuWeld

NuWeld Inc. offers a variety of specialized mechanical services worldwide, including nuclear safety related and non-safety related work, complete natural gas and oil distribution services, individual and complete turnkey services, and ongoing inspection and post-project maintenance.
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The Williamsport, Pennsylvania business got its start in Tim and Marilyn Satterfield’s garage under the name T&M Welding. Launched in 1996, the husband and wife team included their 18 year old son, Dusty Satterfield, in the operations, which were largely limited to repairing garbage dumpsters. The family worked hard to secure larger, more prestigious projects and soon landed contracts producing aircraft fuel line parts for Piper, small parts for United Defense, and aerospace industry parts. This gave the business the foothold it needed and the team rebranded, incorporating as NuWeld in 1997.

Leaders in Design, Development and Fabrication

Leaders in Design, Development and Fabrication

Anaheim Precision Manufacturing

Anaheim Precision Manufacturing (APM) is a manufacturing business specializing in the design, development and fabrication of components and assemblies. The industries it serves include aerospace defense and military, commercial-industrial, consumer and retail.
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Within APM’s industry, the company is unique due to its one-stop-shop approach. Growth is steady and ongoing, but controlled so as to not take away from customer service. The challenges are many, but as Chief Operating Officer Joe Puccio explains, the company likes and thrives on a challenge.

A Steady Aim

A Steady Aim

Javelin Technologies Inc.

Javelin Technologies Inc. is a Canadian expert in 3D designs. The value-added reseller has assisted thousands of manufacturing and engineering companies across Canada with product data management, electrical and mechanical design software, 3D printers and related training.
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Javelin Technologies has been dedicated to supplying the best design and manufacturing software services and solutions since 1997 when it received its SolidWorks certification demonstrating its proficiency with SolidWorks 3D solid modeling software. It didn’t take long for the company to establish itself in the industry, becoming the fastest growing SolidWorks reseller in Canada in 1998. Major accounts were brought in over the next few years with companies such as tire manufacturer Michelin, electronics manufacturer Celestica and multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens.

Silicon Valley’s Premier EMS Provider

Silicon Valley’s Premier EMS Provider

Sonic Manufacturing Technologies

Sonic Manufacturing Technologies is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider that works extensively with startups and emerging technology companies throughout Silicon Valley to help develop and execute their plans. Since its start in the 1990s, the company has taken a steady approach toward growth and has managed to weather the economic storms that have plagued many companies.
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Company President Kenneth Raab spoke with Business in Focus about the company’s services and its success over the years. “We’re not necessarily focused on mass production,” Raab explains. “We work with companies on products that require speed to market and often involve complex technology content.”

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