April 2019

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusHistoric and High-TechSt. Mary’s County, MD

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Historic and High-Tech

St. Mary’s County, MD

St. Mary’s County’s prime location puts it not far from Washington D.C. and just a four-hour drive to New York City. Given it hosts Naval Air Station Patuxent River – also known as NAS Pax River – and many aerospace and technology companies, complementary businesses can access skilled talent. And from a quality-of-life perspective, it is a great place to live and raise a family, with options including rural, semi-rural, and suburban areas.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusSmart and Sustainable GrowthPerryville and Perry County EDA

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Smart and Sustainable Growth

Perryville and Perry County EDA

Business in Focus had the pleasure of speaking once again to the Perry County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Executive Director Scott Sattler as we caught up on the latest initiatives in this vibrant area of Missouri. Part of the area’s success is that the EDA collaborates well to continue to support the businesses and attractions in the community and make this a destination for tourism.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusFrom Agriculture to AerospaceGreater Yuma Economic Development Corp.

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

From Agriculture to Aerospace

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corp.

Yuma County is proud to be the home of both established and new businesses with a talent pool of young, available, and educated workers, many long-time industries, and access to a population of 1.5 million people within a seventy-five-mile radius. The Greater Yuma Region borders Mexico, providing the added advantage of maquiladora – Mexican factories that manufacture for export – which enables U.S.-run companies to get materials from or have shared operations and labor with Mexico.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusThe Incredible Growth of a Young, Vibrant Community in AlbertaCity of Airdrie, AB

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

The Incredible Growth of a Young, Vibrant Community in Alberta

City of Airdrie, AB

Airdrie has been one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities for the past fifteen years, and it continues to see an average of over five percent growth annually. Approximately nine new residents move into the community every day, and one of the main reasons for this rapid growth is the city’s location on the Calgary-Edmonton corridor at the intersection of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and Highway 567.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusNatural Wonders, Steady Growth and Sustainable Programs for the 21st CenturyCity of Nanaimo, BC

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Natural Wonders, Steady Growth and Sustainable Programs for the 21st Century

City of Nanaimo, BC

As Canada’s primary Pacific port and largest West Coast city, Vancouver hardly requires an introduction. But just thirty-three nautical miles away on Vancouver Island, the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia blends natural splendour with cutting-edge technologies and emerging business opportunities, creating a unique mix of old and new close to Vancouver’s bustling metropolis.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusOffering Something Extra to the Home BuyerDiGreen Homes

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

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.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusOn the Cutting EdgeWikus Saw Technology

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

On the Cutting Edge

Wikus Saw Technology

Many industries rely on band saw blades to cut wood and metal in order to manufacture various products, and WIKUS-Sägenfabrik, Wilhelm H. Kullmann GmbH & Co. KG, with its headquarters in Spangenberg Germany, has been producing top-of-the-line band saws for over sixty years. Wikus is a recognized leader in the area and the largest band saw blade manufacturer in Europe. We spoke with the U.S. organization Chief Executive Officer, Georgi Jossifov, to get the full story

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusA Legacy of Trusted Robotics SolutionsREIKU/Drossbach

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

A Legacy of Trusted Robotics Solutions


Cable management company REIKU/Drossbach began initially as separate German-based companies. Drossbach was founded one hundred years ago in 1919 and REIKU fifty years ago in 1969. Both companies expanded into American operations in the 1980s before merging in 2002 and later joining the Delfingen Group in 2018. Delfingen Group is a global automotive supplier and manufacturer of fluid transfer tubing and onboard networks protection.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusOn the Front Lines of EV Manufacturing AutomationPARI Robotics

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

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.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusIts Secret Is In Its PeopleBurt Process Equipment

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Its Secret Is In Its People

Burt Process Equipment

It is always refreshing to come across a company with a sense of care toward the world at large – especially when it comes to serious matters like potable water. Burt Process Equipment is not only a highly respected manufacturer and distributor of fluid-handling components, systems, and industrial tools, but it is also a company with philanthropy at its core and a major supporter of the United Nations’ mission to provide access to clean drinking water.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusIt Pays to Lead the WayPan-Oston

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

It Pays to Lead the Way


While we all shop, we rarely think about how retail outlets create the entire experience that allows us to go about it in the most convenient way possible. From shop fittings to checkout counters and technology, creating the right atmosphere and ensuring that it is fully functional and easy to use makes sales soar.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusThinking Outside the BoxABOX Packaging

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Thinking Outside the Box

ABOX Packaging

ABOX Packaging hails from the state of Texas and has developed a niche in specialty packaging and design, making close to five million boxes a month. “We are custom manufacturers of high-end packaging,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Thompson. Keith has been working in this industry for close to fifty-five years and brings a rare knowledge and understanding to the company.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusThis Innovative Manufacturer Sets the Pace in the Snowplow SectorMetal Pless

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

This Innovative Manufacturer Sets the Pace in the Snowplow Sector

Metal Pless

Metal Pless of Plessisville, Quebec is a frontrunner in the snowplow manufacturing sector. Clients rely on the company’s products to clear public roadways, commercial and industrial properties, as well as airports during and after a snowfall. It is a task done under intense time pressure and scrutiny; city streets and parking lots must be plowed quickly to maintain access in adverse weather conditions.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusIngenious and Built to LastKonstant

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Ingenious and Built to Last


Konstant is one of Canada’s largest manufacturer and dealer of engineered storage solutions and one of the nation’s biggest supplier of quality pre-owned racking, shelving, and storage systems equipment with nine locations and over 360 highly skilled employees across Canada. Over its more than thirty years of business, the company has built a reputation for durable and highly functional racking systems.

2019 | April 2019 | In FocusEnergy Elevating LivesApyx Medical Corporation

2019 | April 2019 | In Focus

Energy Elevating Lives

Apyx Medical Corporation

Apyx Medical Corporation creates medical devices with helium plasma technology for surgical and cosmetic markets worldwide. The company, formerly known as Bovie Medical Corporation, changed its name to Apyx Medical Corporation in January 2019 after selling the core business and original name to Symmetry Surgical Inc. in August of 2018 to specialize solely on its helium plasma technology.


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