February 2015

The Authentic Dried Beef Company

The Authentic Dried Beef Company

Knauss Foods

Knauss Foods is a veteran-owned small business with fifty to sixty employees (seasonally dependent) who continue to make authentic dried beef. From humble beginnings, the company has grown to become the largest manufacturer of dried beef products in the United States. It continues to use the same drying process, done in accordance with the original family recipe that has stood the test of time for Knauss Foods.
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In 1902, Edward W. Knauss opened a small butcher shop in Quakertown, Pennsylvania where he sold bacon, ham and hot dogs in addition to the dried beef that would make the company famous. As the popularity of Knauss’ deli products increased in Quakertown and north into the Lehigh Valley, the business eventually required a larger production space to meet this growing demand.

Integrity and Expertise

Integrity and Expertise

Levelton Consultants

If you have been to Alberta or British Columbia, it is more than likely you have seen some projects Levelton Consultants has been involved in. From hospitals to event centres and from shopping malls to major transportation networks, Levelton’s fingerprints can be found on many renowned structures.
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This past December, I had the opportunity to sit down with Nick Davis and Kale Wallgren of Levelton Consultants Ltd. to talk about this Company; the history, the services, and the community they are part of.

Revolutionizing an Industry

Revolutionizing an Industry

Wireless Seismic

Wireless Seismic is on the cusp of revolutionizing an industry. The Texas-based company has developed an ingenious system capable of transmitting important seismic data via thousands of radio transmissions, rather than through traditional cables.
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Just a few years ago, the seismic industry thought it couldn’t be done. Wireless Seismic has proven them all wrong.

Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future

Green Energy Oilfield Services

Green Energy Oilfield Services is an oilfield service company that provides truck transport and fluid management services to the oil and gas industry in addition to leasing or renting frac tanks, acid tanks, mud tanks, mud pumps and gas busters. Green Energy Oilfield Services is the only company in the state that has a fleet of vehicles that run exclusively on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
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Headquartered in Fairfield, Texas between Dallas and Houston, Green Energy Oilfield Services operates under the leadership of President and CEO Joe Monroe who provides decades of oil and gas industry experience.

Rock Solid Reliability

Rock Solid Reliability

GMS Aggregates

Northern Alberta’s Big Rock quarry has become indispensible to local oil sands operations. Run by GMS Aggregates, the quarry offers an excellent selection of high quality, specialty products.
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The array of products sourced from a quarry can range from screened sand to bedding sand, washed sand, manufactured fines, clay, washed rock, screened rock, insulating rock, asphalt aggregate, and treated winter sand. GMS’s Big Rock quarry is situated in an ideal location for oil sands operation. Only 112 kilometres North East of Fort McMurray, Big Rock is 2.5km from Husky Sunrise, 10km from Suncor Firebag, and 16km from Esso Kearl. These sites depend on quarry products for a range of applications, from road base and drilling pads to concrete applications and bridge decks.

Services, Systems and Safety

Services, Systems and Safety

KBL Environmental Ltd.

KBL is a name synonymous with innovation and know-how in the environmental and waste management service sector throughout some of the toughest terrains imaginable. As the only government approved receiver of hazardous waste in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, the company assists other businesses in developing and maintaining successful environmental management programs.
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This is a niche industry, with only a few key players, but what separates KBL from the competition is its ability to forge strategic partnerships in remote service regions as well as with Aboriginal groups. This also aids it in covering site remediation projects for a vast area that includes the North West Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, British Columbia and Alberta. In a relatively short time, KBL has established itself as the waste management contractor for the mining, exploration, oil and gas and mine industries. We spoke with Business Manager Jeff Dirks.

They’ve Got it Covered

They’ve Got it Covered

Freund-Vector Corporation

Freund-Vector Corporation has it covered. The Iowa based manufacturer designs, produces, markets, and services coating and granulation equipment for a wide range of industries. The company was launched in 1972 when the founder obtained the rights to manufacture and market a line of rotary tablet presses. A few years later an agreement was reached with Freund Industrial Company of Japan, to market an automated tablet coating system for the pharmaceutical industry…
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“That was back when most tablets weren’t coated,” Marketing Manager Steve Kray recalls. “Remember taking an aspirin as a kid and it started to dissolve right away and it had a bitter taste?” The industry knew that consumers preferred coated tablets, but the coating process at that time was long and arduous – until the Vector Company (as it was called at the time) had a perfect answer.

A Future of Independent Living

A Future of Independent Living

Independent Living Systems

No one can dispute that experience is the best teacher. Each individual’s life experiences are the culmination of how these experiences are perceived and subsequently form the basis for an ideology and belief system. Such was the case for Nestor Plana, Independent Living Systems’ Chairman and CEO.
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Originally from Cuba, Nestor shares that his mother had requested she never be placed in a nursing home when the family moved to the United States in the 1960s. She wanted to live out her life at home and enjoy a quality of life surrounded by family members. Nestor respected her wish and went on to realize the independent living ideology.

Making Prescription Drugs Safer and More Affordable

Making Prescription Drugs Safer and More Affordable

Express Scripts Canada

Express Scripts Canada, is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and has administrative, pharmacy and customer service operations throughout Canada. Its parent company, Express Scripts Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, manages drug benefits for forty percent of Americans. In Canada, the company has expanded to support over seven million Canadians nationwide.
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Express Scripts Canada works with the public sector, insurance carriers, third-party benefit administrators, plan sponsors and plan members to provide drug, dental, extended health adjudication and processing services, as well as Active Pharmacy services based on US best practices. In the relatively short time that Express Scripts Canada has been in operation, it has become the leading provider of integrated health benefits management and Active Pharmacy services in Canada.

A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

Art Guild

From eye-catching trade show exhibits and retail displays to engaging museum exhibits, Art Guild, Inc. helps customers make a lasting impression. This New Jersey based business specializes in 3D, face-to-face marketing and educational programs of all kinds, offering a variety of different, but related services for top tier customers…
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Art Guild designs and manages tradeshow programs; designs and builds lobbies, showrooms and visitor centers; creates and produces meetings and events; fabricates and installs museum exhibits; and designs and produces retail display and fixture programs.

Your Home Away from Home in the Oil Sands

Your Home Away from Home in the Oil Sands

Lighthouse Camp Services

Before Lighthouse Camp Services was created in 2011, Dario Berloni owned a trio of Calgary restaurants – Teatro, Cucina and Vendome – well-known for exquisite quality. At the time, Berloni had the opportunity to try his hand at operating in the oil sands industry, to which he aimed to transfer his success in the restaurant business.
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Lighthouse Camp Services was created in 2011, and secured the contract to operate a 1500 man construction camp for the Husky Sunrise SAGD (Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage) Project. Once the contract for this large camp had been obtained, Lighthouse then also became actively involved in the final construction finishing and set-up of the camp, with the goal of delivering a high-quality remote hospitality experience.

All the Comforts of Home

All the Comforts of Home

Noralta Lodge

As every traveler knows, few things are better than staying at a hotel that not only makes you feel welcome, but gives you the comforts of home. For the hard-working men and women in Western Canada’s oil and gas industries, Noralta Lodge continues to provide unrivaled accommodations, fresh and nutritious home-cooked meals, exercise facilities, high-speed connectivity and a host of other amenities to make stays as comfortable and stress free as possible.
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Operating nine facilities near Northern Alberta’s oil and gas drilling and exploration areas, Noralta Lodge remains a proud, family-owned business. The company’s founder had spent a number of years in Alberta’s work camps. At the time, these were industrial-looking facilities, utilitarian and devoid of home-like touches, often serving thawed and reheated frozen meals. Sleeping arrangements were no better, with workers spending their nights on thin mattresses or cots.

Ingenuity and Innovation

Ingenuity and Innovation

Linear Mold & Engineering Inc.

Linear Mold & Engineering is North America’s largest provider of 3D metal printing services and has been nominated as one of the top fifty fastest growing companies in Michigan. The company provides tooling for compression and injection molds as well as tooling for processing thermoplastic resins. We spoke with Marketing Coordinator Kristen Eisiminger and Marketing Director Paul Parzuchowski to learn more.
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John Tenbusch, CEO and president of Linear Mold & Engineering, and Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple Inc. had something in common; both were let go from previous jobs and became a thorn in the side of their former employers through the success that followed.

Providing Advanced Pipeline Services

Providing Advanced Pipeline Services

Dyna Torque Technologies

A need to modernize and update pipe beveling equipment was the impetus behind the launch of Dyna Torque Technologies, Inc in 1998. Since the company was founded, Dyna Torque has continued to provide the pipeline industry with the most efficient and trouble free equipment available thanks to continuous research and development, competitive pricing and outstanding customer service.
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Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Dyna Torque has grown and expanded throughout the world to include offices in Brazil, Holland, Indonesia, Australia and recently Alberta, Canada.

Products for the Most Challenging Environments

Products for the Most Challenging Environments

World Oil Tools

As a manufacturer and supplier of high-tech inflatable products to the oil and gas sector, World Oil Tools is one of the few companies in the world that sells inflatable packers for the industry and strives to outshine its competitors.
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World Oil Tools manufactures a number of diverse products for the oil and gas industry, including casing equipment, production injection packers, completion equipment, and drillstem testing equipment.

Rugged and Reliable

Rugged and Reliable

SUBCOE

SUBCOE is not afraid of tough environments – in fact it is these types of applications where SUBCOE built its reputation of being a top level manufacturer. The Ontario based company builds surface power and control equipment for the artificial lift market that must stand up to the harshest conditions, from freezing northern winters to sweltering desert heat and corrosive offshore installations.
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Built for oil field and industrial applications all around the Globe, the company’s Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) systems are crucial accessory equipment – so the team must be sure that their product can endure whatever nature throws its way.

Modern Motors

Modern Motors

Bluffton Motor Works

Bluffton Motor Works is known for designing and producing quality motors to power their products and providing consistently top quality products with the best motor design for customer applications.
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The company provides a variety of services for its customers during motor design, development, and the manufacturing process, including engineered samples; design assistance; performance testing; assistance in agency certifications; plant audits; and inventory management.

A Global Reach through Innovation and Partnership

A Global Reach through Innovation and Partnership

Aspin Kemp & Associates

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” So said Albert Einstein. Indeed, there’s something to be said for innovation. It requires a disciplined approach to the process of sorting through new ideas. Not to be confused with invention, innovation implies the idea of doing things differently, to step out of the comfort zone of the status quo into the realm of creative problem solving.
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It is through innovation that many successful businesses maintain their competitive edge. This is something Aspin Kemp and Associates already knows. It is fundamental to how they do business, and it is this knowledge that is gaining the company global recognition.

A Start from Scratch Business, a Laser Cutting Success

A Start from Scratch Business, a Laser Cutting Success

Hi-Tec Profiles

Hi-Tec profiles is a leading provider of steel processing services, creating built-to-specification products which can be seen throughout the Western Canadian manufacturing industry.
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Working closely with some of the world’s most renowned brands, Hi-Tec continues to develop innovative solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. With the aid of high-end steel processing technology and a team of highly experienced staff, Hi-Tec has revolutionized the sector. Today the firm is expanding their horizons, more recently diversifying to serve all of the steel processing demands of the wider mining and industrial industry.

The Future of Business Development

The Future of Business Development

City of Miamisburg, Ohio

Tracing its roots back over 200 years, the City of Miamisburg remains one of the most historic locations in Ohio. Founded in 1797 and incorporated in 1818, the City was initially populated by settlers and immigrants in search of work…
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Soon after the Second World War, Miamisburg was chosen as one of the first sites by the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) – along with other operations in the Dayton area – for testing and defense technology. With the war at an end, the Mound Plant was created in 1947.

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