April 2016

City of the New South

City of the New South

City of Columbia, SC

“Columbia is a rising city in the New South,” says Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin. He and other local leaders have an ambitious vision for this vibrant, up-and-coming state capital. “We want to be the most talented, educated, and entrepreneurial city in America. And we are making the investments required to make that vision a reality.”
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As the South Carolina state capital, Columbia’s economy is anchored by the public sector. In addition to the state government, the city is home to the University of South Carolina’s main campus. The university is a major employer as well as a reliable supplier of educated workers for local industry.

Doing What’s Right from Concept to Closeout

Doing What’s Right from Concept to Closeout

Synergy Projects

Celebrating twenty years of operation, Alberta based Synergy Projects has established itself as an industry leader with an exceptional reputation, recognized for its commitment to integrity and quality construction services.
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Synergy Projects is committed to doing what is right for its clients, industry partners, employees and the environment. When President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mozak founded the company, he did so with the vision of creating an industry-leading construction and management firm.

Weathering the Economic Storm

Weathering the Economic Storm

Heavy North

Heavy North was launched in 2013, when a small team of industry insiders poured their skills into a heavy civil construction startup. Based in Fort McMurray, Alberta and focused on the oil and gas sector, the company broke onto the scene with a bang, taking on major oil sands projects right away. And then, the oil slump hit.
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Heavy North is working diligently to overcome the shakeup. Armed with the founders’ 50 years of combined experience, the new company is adapting to the times, enacting new strategies and shifting direction to stay on top.

40 Years of Building Success

40 Years of Building Success

Erland Construction

Erland Construction, with offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is the region’s leading open shop construction manager and general contractor. The Company offers the expertise and sophisticated project controls of a large company along with the personalized client service of a smaller firm. Established in 1977, Erland Construction will be celebrating its fortieth anniversary this coming year.
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Erland was established as the open shop arm of a major union construction firm to serve the needs of its suburban clients in a more cost effective manner. Their reputation and relationships with a wide spectrum of qualified subcontractors guarantees that when they buy out work packages, their clients receive the most competitive pricing that can be offered.

Strength through Family Ownership

Strength through Family Ownership

ENVIRO AgScience

Under the successful leadership of Dr. Louis B. Lynn for the past three decades, ENVIRO AgScience, Inc. looks forward to the future, as Dr. Lynn’s children prepare to take over the respected, family-run construction and landscaping business…
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As one of the largest Black-owned firms in the United States, ENVIRO AgScience is well into its succession plan, one which will see long-time and new clients receive the same degree of professionalism and customer service. Sisters Dr. Krystal Conner – who currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer – and Adrienne Lynn Sienkowski, Chief Operating Officer, have their eyes firmly pointed toward the future.

Value-engineering of the Highest Quality

Value-engineering of the Highest Quality

Kiehm Construction

Since 1979, Kiehm Construction, Inc. has established itself as a trusted partner to customers across the United States. The full-service design-build construction company creates value-engineered structures of any size. It has extensive experience in commercial, industrial, retrofit roofing, self and mini-storage and airplane hangar construction. By standing the test of time, each project is a testament to Kiehm Construction’s quality and expertise.
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Based in Lakeville, Minnesota, Kiehm Construction began as a steel erector performing independent work for general contractors, developers and clients in markets throughout the United States. Repeat work for customers has taken the company as far north as Alaska; along the East Coast in Maryland and Connecticut; south to Florida; and, of course, across the Midwest.

A Company You Can Count On

A Company You Can Count On

Maverick Construction

Maverick is a respected utility construction company that has been listed twice in Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America. The business specializes in communication construction, the installation and maintenance of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and aerial electric distribution.
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It is often said that when we are faced with a crisis is when we really know on whom we can depend, and few situations are as devastating as natural disasters. When it struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in 2005, Hurricane Katrina pummeled the area with winds reaching 140 miles per hour, causing catastrophic levee breaks, over $100 billion in damage, and most tragic of all, the deaths of an estimated 1,800 men, women and children. Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean less than a decade later in late October of 2012, and struck the east coast of the U.S., leaving hundreds dead, thousands homeless and causing billions of dollars in damage. Slamming the Jersey Shore the evening of October 29, winds from the superstorm reached eighty miles per hour, tearing through houses, flooding streets and knocking down powers lines, leaving millions without electricity.

Celebrating Nearly 90 Years of Client-Driven Success

Celebrating Nearly 90 Years of Client-Driven Success

Barr & Barr

For nearly ninety years, Barr & Barr has established itself as a reputable construction management firm. The premier construction manager offers its clients unsurpassed expertise and highest standard of quality and service. Many of the company’s clients are long-standing customers; old or new, all of its clients are highly valued and well-respected.
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Barr & Barr was established in 1927 by Joseph R. Barr with the goal to ‘treat every client like a true partner and every project as if it were your own.’ In 1932, a landmark moment in the firm’s long and rich history occurred when it attracted the attention of Nelson Rockefeller Sr.

Tackling Major Projects

Tackling Major Projects

Lancaster Development

For almost seventy years, Lancaster Development, Inc. has built its reputation for on-time and on-budget project completion. The company is known for complete customer satisfaction, quality and safety in heavy highway construction work. It incorporates many years of in-depth industry knowledge to devise innovative engineering solutions when unexpected challenges arise.
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Lancaster Development, Inc. was founded in the town of Lancaster, east of Buffalo, New York, in the years immediately following the conclusion of World War II. Back in 1947, there was a boom in America’s economy, particularly in new home construction.

Building with Passion and Integrity

Building with Passion and Integrity

Granger Construction

Granger Construction was established in the early 1990s by Les Granger, a construction professional with decades of diverse industry knowledge and expertise, a passion for quality building and a reputation for delivering results. Granger Construction produces quality results for its clients.
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Granger Construction’s commitment to integrity, customer service and timely project completion has supported the development of strong industry relationships with clients, subcontractors and suppliers. Granger has the resources and the industry support necessary to deliver on all projects it undertakes.

Building and Leading

Building and Leading

Ashnu International

New York City based Ashnu International is a multi-million dollar construction company delivering construction management and general contracting to prominent clients in both the private and public sectors.
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After beginning his career as a civil engineer in India, Founder and President Nayan Parikh immigrated to the United States in 1994 and landed a job as an estimator for a small construction company. Four years later, Mr. Parikh struck out on his own, launching Ashnu International – and quickly earned a solid reputation in New York City’s competitive market. What was the secret behind the rapid success of the humble startup? “Hard work and honesty.”

Attracting Development

Attracting Development

City of West Haven, CT

West Haven, Connecticut enjoys a prime location along Long Island Sound with easy access to highways, airports and rail service. With a business-friendly environment, a well-educated workforce and a sought-after lifestyle, the city of 55,000 is a magnet for business and development.
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“Companies like to be here,” says Planning and Development Commissioner Joseph A. Riccio Jr. “There is a tremendous quality of life; people enjoy living in coastal Connecticut.”

Empire State Opportunities

Empire State Opportunities

Empire State Development

Business is booming in the Empire State. From the bustling streets of Manhattan to the silent forests of the North Country, companies of all sizes are taking advantage of an increasingly healthy business climate – and bringing new prosperity to an economically diverse state.
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The New York State government is working hard to create a strong business environment. “What is taking place here is so exciting,” says Erin Cole, Senior Vice President for Global New York. “It is very different from what took place in the past. We have had an on-time, balanced budget five years in a row, we have one of the lowest middle class tax rates since the 1950s, as well as one of the lowest corporate tax rates since 1968. For manufacturers, in many cases, it is almost tax-free.”

Where the Country Begins

Where the Country Begins

Putnam County

Putnam County is known as ‘where the country begins.’ Located along the picturesque banks of the Hudson River, just fifty miles north of New York City, the community delivers the first views of unspoiled countryside as people escape the urban hustle and bustle.
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Tourists and commuters can reach the county’s peace and solitude via several major roadways, including Interstate Highways 84 and 684 and the scenic Taconic State Parkway, as well as by train. Commuter rail service departs hourly from Grand Central Terminal.

A Great Place to Live – and Make a Living

A Great Place to Live – and Make a Living

Herkimer County

Located in New York in the foothills of the Adirondacks, Herkimer County is one of the state’s best kept secrets. The county has long been renowned for its close-knit community and local spirit, but it is more than a fantastic place to live; it is a great place to do business.
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With a growing industrial footprint, a high quality of life and an astoundingly low cost-of-living, Herkimer offers residents the benefits of small-town life with the promise of economic balance. Stephen Smith of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) gave us a look at the county’s ambitious current plans and evolving future.

Separating Itself from the Herd

Separating Itself from the Herd

Country Natural Beef

When the mid-eighties saw cattle ranchers struggling with interest rates and cattle prices, the founders of Country Natural Beef met and discussed ways to differentiate the company from the competition by going after a niche market. The decision was made to specialize in meat without antibiotics or hormones.
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From there, business took off, and Country Natural Beef developed a solid reputation for being the best there is in the environmentally-conscious segment of the beef industry. We spoke with Alec Oliver in marketing, and Jack Southworth, company chairperson, to find out more.

Building Sustainable Growth

Building Sustainable Growth

Electron Energy Corporation

Electron Energy Corporation (EEC) knows how to attract business. The rare earth magnet developer and producer began as a humble startup operating out of a milk shed in 1970 – and quickly grew to be a global leader in an extremely demanding industry.
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Today, EEC has moved far beyond that milk shed, occupying a state-of-the-art office and manufacturing space in a building that was designed and constructed specifically for the production of rare earth permanent magnets and magnetic systems. The Landisville, Pennsylvania based business boasts a prestigious list of global customers and a dedicated team of 130 employees committed to delivering the highest quality product.

Pioneering an Industry

Pioneering an Industry

Advantage PressurePro

Advantage PressurePro has pioneered the development and production of external tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). “We are based out of a small town in Missouri, so we fly under the radar,” says Chief Marketing Officer Vanessa Hargrave. “But we have led every major innovation in TPMS. Our solution is proven. It is working in the toughest of conditions, from Siberia to deserts around the world.”
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Phillip G. Zaroor launched PressurePro in 1991, after discovering a solution that he could not dismiss. “My father was looking for an idea that would hit a completely untouched market as well as do something good for people and bring safety,” Vanessa recalls. “An inventor walked in the door with this [TPMS solution] and he just loved it.” Phillip decided to forge a new path and bring the innovative product to market. “At the time, TPMS was not a known technology at all. So for him to take that leap was pretty extraordinary.”

Focused on Customer Goals

Focused on Customer Goals

PrestoTech Solutions

Over the past decade, PrestoTech Solutions has grown to become a prominent AT&T solution provider of high quality telecommunications products and services.
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In 2003 PrestoTech Solutions was founded by Jim Short, the current President and CEO. PrestoTech began operations out of Caledonia, MI as an IT hardware, software, and services company. Short used his previous industry experience to provide his customer’s IT staff high quality products and services. He made sure that he was available to his customers at any time of day to ensure they had the hardware they needed, when they needed it whether that meant same day shipping or same day delivery in the event of a hardware failure. Many times PrestoTech bridged the gap between a customer’s needs and the warranty rules of a vendor to make sure customers had the best service and value possible.

Driving Intermodal Solutions

Driving Intermodal Solutions

CPG

The twenty-first century has created a global community that integrates international markets into one economic ecosystem that sustains itself through international trade. Billions of people around the world depend on foreign countries to supply some of their nation’s most vital goods, and the majority of these travel by container.
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Cleveland-based ContainerPort Group (CPG) moves approximately 250,000 shipping containers every year and has pioneered the intermodal sector since its inception in 1971.

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