December 2014

Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future

Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future

City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

The City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is making a name for itself as an attractive place for businesses and new residents alike. Located near Milwaukee, Wauwatosa’s combination of small town charm, central location, and quick access to major cities has made it an attractive city in which to conduct business.
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Part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, the City was named for the Potawatomi Chief “Wauwautaesie”, whose name means firefly and they still glow on summer evenings. The City was initially established as an independent farming community in 1835 in the Menomonee Valley and became a city in 1897. Known as the “City of Homes”, Wauwatosa was the second city in the state to adopt zoning ordinances in 1921, designating specific land use for residential, commercial, and manufacturing operations. The original urban core still exists as its downtown area, while surrounding areas have a more traditional suburban look and feel as well as containing newer high-density apartment and townhome developments.

Live Your Legend

Live Your Legend

San Juan County

San Juan County’s name is derived from the San Juan River with its upper tributary originating from the nearby San Juan Mountains. Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, it is the one of the largest counties in the US and is nearly sixty percent owned by the Navajo Nation.
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“I think that within the next five to seven years, this is going to be a much different place than it ever was before,” says Ray Hagerman, Four Corners Economic Development’s first chief executive officer. “This is probably one of the few places in North America that you could show up in this town with no money in your pocket, and a strong work ethic, and you could still make something of yourself and live the American dream.”

Growth is a Group Effort

Growth is a Group Effort

The Greater San Marcos Partnership

The Greater San Marcos Partnership is a project in community and corporate synergy, which illustrates the power of strategic development through industry collaboration. This public-private partnership centres on job creation and investment in Hays and Caldwell Counties, diversifying the economy of this prime location. Its incentives for new businesses have pushed the Greater San Marcos region to the forefront of the country’s industrial development and innovation.
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The Greater San Marcos area is a portion of central Texas that is conveniently located between Austin and San Antonio. Home to Texas State University, spring fed rivers and a diverse network of corporate leaders, the area’s unique offerings have made it a hotspot for companies seeking affordable, business-friendly development. Ranked the United States’ “fastest growing city” by the US census bureau in 2013, the City of San Marcos has facilitated the type of diverse industry growth to which most regions can only aspire.

Creating a Future in the Flower City

Creating a Future in the Flower City

City of Springfield

The best way to predict your future is to create it – Abraham Lincoln. Emboldened words from the 16th president of the United States, who found a place to call home in Springfield, Illinois. The small town of Springfield in which Mr. Lincoln resided from 1837-1861 was left behind when he went took up residence in the White House. Today, it is a city of which he would be proud.
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With a population of over 117,000, nicknamed the Flower City, Springfield believes that to predict its future it must create it by fostering an environment where families, businesses and community are intrinsically interwoven to create an excellent quality of life. The city is prepared to take on this challenge with insight, innovation and responsibility, all for the sake of the pursuit of happiness.

Historic Virginia

Historic Virginia

City of Petersburg

Featured on TV and the silver screen, the streets of Petersburg, Virginia may be more familiar than you realize. Movie buffs will recognize the city’s antebellum architecture in the Oscar winning film Lincoln. AMC’s Revolutionary War-era spy drama, Turn, is also filmed there. “We are becoming a small Hollywood,” says City Manager William E. Johnson III.
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The new Civil War television series Point of Honor began filming there in the fall, as has Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Ithaca, which will feature both Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. In addition, New Millennium Studios – Virginia’s first full-service film studio – is located in Petersburg. Founded by Hollywood veterans Tim and Daphne Maxwell, the 59 acre, $11 million facility is an important economic driver.

Looking Outside the Box

Looking Outside the Box

Unconventional Gas Resources

In any given gas producing area, conventional gas is but a small fraction of the available gas resources. While there is far more unconventional gas, it has traditionally been more difficult to extract…
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Formed in 2007, Canadian based Unconventional Gas Resources (UGR) is focused on developing these unconventional resources in North America. The company has offices in Calgary, Alberta in Canada and in College Station, Texas in the US. It is currently in the midst of developing its portion of one of the biggest natural gas plays in the world: the Montney play. Business in Focus spoke with CEO Mike Gatens to learn more.

High Technology, High Efficiency

High Technology, High Efficiency

Allied-Horizontal Wireline Services

Allied-Horizontal Wireline Services is committed to collaborating with oil and gas companies to develop industry-leading formation evaluation and completion solutions. Efficiently combining advanced reservoir analytical tools and completions, Allied-Horizontal Wireline Services’ team of professionals tailors solutions to the characteristics of the reservoir to maximize stimulation and well completion.
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A Fully Integrated Solution

A Fully Integrated Solution

Craig Energy

Craig Obermueller launched oilfield service company Craig Energy more than 30 years ago. “He founded the company with nothing but a strong willingness to get the job done,” says CEO Danny Jimenez. “And I believe that same determination is with us today.”
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Craig Energy was recently acquired, but the company is still committed to the core values that Mr. Obermueller instilled. “Our culture is grounded in integrity,” Mr. Jimenez explains. “That is how the company started many years ago and we want to continue to build on that legacy. Being on time, delivering on the promise for the customer – that runs deep in the organization. Even today, most of the business growth that we see is coming from pure reputation and I think that is a direct reflection of the company’s values and the company’s culture.”

Maximizing Project Potential

Maximizing Project Potential

NL Fisher

NL Fisher is an industry leading provider of well construction, engineering, and supervision services for the oil and gas industry. Established in 1982 by Norm Fisher, the company is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has grown to employ over 50 personnel who continually strive to provide optimized solutions for their clients in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB).
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The company continues to grow, achieving success through a commitment to safety, efficiency, and accuracy. Through increased accountability, development of proprietary well construction systems, enhanced offset analysis techniques, risk-based approaches to technology implementation, and maintaining strong reporting systems and accountability, NL Fisher has proven its strengths while demonstrating performance in the basins it serves.

Striving for Excellence

Striving for Excellence

Exclusive Energy Services

Exclusive Energy Services is an oilfield based service company that offers a wide array of services, technology and equipment. The company’s primary focus is on mixing plants, offering state of the art equipment dedicated to bore out completion fluids and thru-tubing motors to improve functionality and efficiency for its clients in and out of the oilfield.
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The company, headquartered in Orange Grove, Texas with an office in Midland as well, has the capacity to satisfy all coil-tubing, workover jobs (redoing a well), water transfers and filtrations, as well as supplying some bulk frac fluids. Exclusive Energy Services also offers a number of oilfield rental equipment options including cooling trailers, safety trailers, forklifts, manlifts, portable toilets, light plants, trash trailers and command centers.

Leading its Field

Leading its Field

Olmsted Products Co.

Olmsted Products develops custom made components – many of which have subsea applications – for the rigging and drilling industries. The company is also a worldwide leader in high flow, high pressure hydraulic valves.
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The company is the oil and gas division of American company Oilgear, which manufactures fluid power and hydraulic equipment, including pumps, valves and motors. Business in Focus spoke with Josh Groves, the team’s chief technology officer, to learn more.

On the Grow

On the Grow

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

For over 150 years, St. Cloud has experienced continuous and steady growth as a region. Located in the heart of Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River, the area has served as a transportation corridor. It offers relatively easy access to the north and the rest of the United States, since the BNSF railroad, highway and interstate systems grew up around it.
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As a regional centre, the St. Cloud region boasts a diverse economic composition. The region has a significant manufacturing and agricultural base, but also serves as a medical, education and commercial hub for the region. The region has a thriving arts and entertainment district, a historic downtown and over 1400 acres of parkland for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Reconnecting Wells with WASP Technology

Reconnecting Wells with WASP Technology

Blue Spark Energy

Accelerating the production and recovery of oil wells in an economically viable way is a mission that many energy companies seek to accomplish. Blue Spark Energy is a company that helps the oil and gas industry do this with its innovative WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing) technology…
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Reconnecting Wells with WASP Technology

Reconnecting Wells with WASP Technology

Blue Spark Energy

Accelerating the production and recovery of oil wells in an economically viable way is a mission that many energy companies seek to accomplish. Blue Spark Energy is a company that helps the oil and gas industry do this with its innovative WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing) technology…
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Diversified Capabilities

Diversified Capabilities

AarKel Tool & Die

AarKel Tool & Die provides a complete solution. Established in 1977, the Ontario based business can deliver die cast die manufacturing, plastic injection tool manufacturing, prototype tool manufacturing, product design, tool design, CNC / EDM machining, assembly and inspection, part tryouts, and production runs.
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This broad list of capabilities is what sets the business apart. “AarKel is unique because, as a tool shop, we have two different businesses units,” explains Operations Manager Larry Delaey. “We design and build both die cast and plastic tools. The diversification is unusual. There are not a lot of shops that do both plastics and die cast at our sales level.”

Developing Products from Concept to Reality

Developing Products from Concept to Reality

D&K Engineering

From its humble beginnings, launched by two friends from Stanford University, D&K Engineering has grown to become a global leader in end-to-end R&D, product development and manufacturing services for innovative, hardware-based products and equipment.
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Oilfield Experts

Oilfield Experts

DTC Energy Group, Inc.

The DTC Energy team boasts extensive, long term experience in on-site supervision and project and operations management – and these industry insiders are improving operations and safety in every major basin in the United States.
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The Denver based oilfield consulting company got its start in 2011, when two oil industry experts joined forces. Robert Sylar and Luke Clausen formed DTC Energy Group, Inc. and developed a business model that would offer a better solution than the industry standard. “We have spent a lot of time developing what we think is the ideal consulting framework,” Mr. Sylar explains. The founders carefully “addressed some of the weaknesses of the [competitor] consulting companies,” to create an employee-based business. These employees are what the company is all about; armed with knowledge, leadership skills, and decades of training and experience, they have what it takes to successfully and safely manage virtually any operation.

Your Vision, Our Quality, One Partnership

Your Vision, Our Quality, One Partnership

Cope Plastics Inc.

Cope Plastics is a fabricator and distributor of plastic sheet, rod and tube with locations across the Midwest and is doing business nationwide. The company provides complete custom fabrication solutions from engineering and design to assistance with material selection and the manufacturing of quality, cost-effective fabricated parts.
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Business in Focus spoke with the company’s President and CEO, Jane Saale, Vice President of Finance, John Theen, Vice President of Sales, John Lee, and a host of other enthusiastic members of the board about this thriving entity.

The Automation Experts

The Automation Experts

Specialized Automation Services

This year marks Specialized Automation Services’ tenth anniversary. The Grand Junction, Colorado company has a lot to celebrate after its first decade in business; the firm has grown to become a major player in its industry.
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A full scale electrical and instrumentation contractor, SAS now boasts branch offices in Denver, Colorado; Alexander, North Dakota; Houston, Texas; and Farmington, New Mexico – and its footprint continues to expand.

Smaller, Lighter, Cost-Effective Frac Plugs

Smaller, Lighter, Cost-Effective Frac Plugs

Downhole Technology

Since June 2011, Downhole Technology has been a bulk manufacturer and provider of composite frac plugs to oilfield service companies throughout the United States. Founder and Director of Technology Duke VanLue designed the company’s Boss Hog Frac Plug to be a more efficient, reliable and cost-effective plug to minimize environmental risks while saving time, water and other resources. Full vertical integration at the company’s Houston, Texas state of the art manufacturing and testing facilities ensures product quality and traceability of materials.

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