February 2016

Transforming Waste into Profit

Transforming Waste into Profit

BioConversion Solutions

Dealing with waste such as biomass from food processing, organic solids, fracking production wastewater, metals, industrial contaminants and sludge in water systems is time-consuming and costly. Many municipalities, food processors, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, the military, agribusiness and the oil, gas and mining sectors require expensive systems or the hauling away of sludge for disposal. Such methods are not only cost-prohibitive but often bad for the environment.
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BioConversion Solutions, LLC (BCS) has the systems and solutions to transform dealing with biomass from an expense into profit for cities and companies worldwide. Instead of sludge requiring treatment and disposal, BCS has developed sophisticated technologies that allow customers to design, build and operate biological conversion plants.

Plastics for all Seasons and Cycles

Plastics for all Seasons and Cycles

EVCO Plastics

EVCO Plastics is a highly-skilled injection molding company with tool building capabilities. It is known for having the ability to complete technically difficult work and high-volume runs. Currently, EVCO is investing in infrastructure and expanding operations in the USA, Mexico and China to accommodate future growth in a number of industries.
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Dale’s mother and father started Evans Plastics in 1948 in a Quonset hut in Madison, Wisconsin. His father Don had always been interested in plastics. The designer and draftsman had attended the University of Wisconsin and enjoyed playing around with his craft when an investment from his father-in-law permitted the inception of Evans Plastics. In 1964, Don sold to his brother-in-law what would become called Zeier Manufacturing.

Taking Healthcare into the Future

Taking Healthcare into the Future

CSI Healthcare IT

CSI Healthcare IT provides the support healthcare organizations need in the digital age. The Jacksonville, Florida based company delivers expert training and implementation solutions for electronic health records and coding projects, as well as IT staff augmentation for ongoing IT support.
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A division of The CSI Companies, CSI Healthcare IT broke onto the scene a decade ago when the implementation of patient-related IT solutions became a national priority. The business filled an emerging gap in the market as healthcare providers around the country scrambled to meet new federal requirements regarding certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. “The government mandated meaningful use – [that] all hospitals become paperless by a certain date – and if they weren’t paperless they would start to be penalized monetarily,” President Zack Wilson recalls. “So there was definitely a vested interest to make sure that they got up and running.”

Planning for Tomorrow’s Future

Planning for Tomorrow’s Future

Logibec

With the Information Technology industry reaching saturation point in terms of the variety and scope of companies vying for business, it is crucial that a company stay one step ahead of its competitors. Excellent service and innovative products are now a pre-requisite for the industry leaders and a company needs to move beyond this in order to solidify its position and reputation.
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Logibec Inc. is one such company. The company has been in business for almost 35 years and has built an organization with over 300 employees. Over that time, it has built strong bonds with clients throughout the health and social services sector, ranging from individual healthcare institutions to government agencies.

Created by Farmers, for Farmers

Created by Farmers, for Farmers

Growers Supply

A division of Engineering Services and Products Co. (ESAPCO), Growers Supply was established in 1979 as a catalogue merchandiser with a focus on bringing the highest quality products to its customers at very competitive prices. Since its inception, Growers Supply has served over 300,000 loyal and satisfied customers around the world, a number that continues to grow…
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With exceptional manufacturing, customer service and accommodating financing options, Growers Supply is helping to reinforce the viability and sustainability of the agricultural and horticultural sectors, in addition to servicing retail trade communities as a one-stop-shop to meet all of its customers’ needs.

Innovating for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Innovating for a Sustainable Tomorrow

WTEC

WTEC Energy is leading the way in renewable energy by innovating for a cleaner and more sustainable tomorrow. Working as an engineering firm, manufacturer, supplier and installer in solar, wind, and other sustainable energy markets, this is a fully integrated energy supplier. WTEC is providing products and services to some of the world’s biggest energy projects.
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For the last twenty-five years, WTEC has developed a solid reputation with an extensive client list to match. The firm’s growth has been backed by a long-standing commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Committed solely to the energy market, WTEC has served the likes of General Electric, Swinerton, McCarthy and the majority of the major players in the renewable energy industry.

Positioned for the Future

Positioned for the Future

African Queen Mines

While financial strain has caused many junior companies in the mining industry to halt their projects, African Queen continues to invest in its purpose.
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Despite the industry’s economic downturn, Canadian mining companies have maintained their position as international leaders in mineral exploration and development. Canada’s reputation stems from the country’s vast wealth of natural resources and its long history of their extraction together with exploration activities around the globe.

Logging Benefits and Eliminating Tariffs

Logging Benefits and Eliminating Tariffs

The Competitive Advantages of the TPP

After eight long years of negotiations, one of the most comprehensive trade agreements ever has been reached between 12 participating countries. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been successfully negotiated between Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico, and the United States, and will have a significant impact on a number of industries.
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A deal that encompasses a number of economic sectors, the TPP could serve to deepen Canada’s economic ties with some of the most dynamic, rapidly growing countries in the Asia Pacific. This deal spans a combined market of 800 million people with a GDP totalling $28.5 trillion. Canada now boasts access to 60 percent of the global economy.

Robotic Industry Automation at its Finest

Robotic Industry Automation at its Finest

Columbia/Okura LLC

Columbia/Okura LLC has a lot to celebrate! Marking twenty successful years in operation, Columbia/Okura is embarking on the installation of its seven hundredth robotic palletizer in the North American market. With a reputation for quality and world-class service and support, Columbia/Okura has established itself as the premier manufacturer of robotic palletizing solutions in North America.
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Columbia/Okura is jointly owned by Columbia Machine Inc. and Japan-based Okura Yusoki Co., Ltd.: two of the industry leading material handling companies in the world. At its Vancouver, Washington facility, Columbia/Okura designs, manufactures, integrates, installs and services customized robotic palletizers for clients from a wide range of industries. Palletizers are machines that automatically stack products or packages of products onto a pallet.

30 Years of Excellence

30 Years of Excellence

Cloos Robotic Welding

Cloos Robotic Welding, Inc. provides state-of-the-art automated welding systems to a broad range of customers. Cloos manufactures a range of pre-engineered and custom-engineered robots, world-class welding equipment, positioners, accessories, sensors, software and more. Its decades of industry experience in precise fabrication means the company creates ready-to-use systems that make manufacturing as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Robotics, Automation of the Future

Robotics, Automation of the Future

Koops

If we try to imagine the field of robotics, our minds can conjure up fantastical visions of sentient beings that are capable of catering to our every whim. The reality may be slightly less wondrous, yet no less incredible in its engineering and capability…
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Koops Incorporated is a company that has continuously stayed at the forefront of the robotics industry through a combination of in-house expertise and an unrivalled problem-solving team. Koops designs and builds custom automation solutions such as “designing machines that will either assemble, process, or test different components.”

Changing the Face of Manufacturing

Changing the Face of Manufacturing

Edgewater Automation

St. Joseph, Michigan-based Edgewater Automation engineers and builds custom industrial automation equipment. It creates innovative automation solutions and quality equipment for clients in industries such as energy, transportation, consumer products, life science, agricultural equipment, heavy equipment, food and retail.
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Since it was founded in 2001, the company has grown from just five employees to a skilled team of 135, including mechanical design engineers with experience in custom machine design; electrical design engineers with skills in robotic programming; machine builders; and in-house machinists to ensure projects are completed to customer satisfaction. Every system is fully tested and operational before leaving the building.

Representing the Robotics Industry

Representing the Robotics Industry

Robotic Industries Association (RIA)

Automation is sweeping the continent. “More robots are being sold in North America than ever before,” says Jeff Burnstein, President of Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
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“The technology is more capable, more reliable, less costly, easier to use than ever before. We are growing at double digits annually in sales right now. This is the golden age of robotics – not just in the US but around the world.”

Mapping the World Beneath Our Feet

Mapping the World Beneath Our Feet

RedZone Robotics

As major cities and large corporations know, asset management is critical to maintaining success, functionality, performance and productivity. For cities, this includes the ongoing monitoring of visible assets, such as buildings and roads, and those deep below ground, like wastewater and storm sewers.
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Only thorough inspection using advanced technologies can determine which assets are in good shape, and which require cleaning, repair or replacement.

Healthy Treats, Happy Pets

Healthy Treats, Happy Pets

Dogswell®

Dogswell® rose to fame for its innovative ability to create great tasting treats that help keep pets healthy. “For more than ten years, Dogswell® has been making high-quality food and treats that both taste good and do good,” explains Dogswell® CEO, Rob Leibowitz.
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The mission began in 2004, when the company founders launched the business in order to deliver an innovative concept to the pet treat market. The entrepreneurial pet lovers wanted to provide a treat that could help promote wellness. Their first major product, Dogswell® Happy Hips, is a unique chicken breast jerky treat fortified with glucosamine and chondroitin to help promote hip and joint health, particularly in dogs suffering from hip dysplasia. The product was an instant hit, propelling the company to success.

Transforming Ordinary Students into Extraordinary Graduates

Transforming Ordinary Students into Extraordinary Graduates

Chowan University

Murfreesboro sits in the inner banks region of north-eastern North Carolina. Its quaint size –Murfreesboro is a mere two square miles in size – nonetheless offers a variety of amenities to the 3,000 people currently living there…
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The town once acted as a shipping port and was originally home to a number of Native American tribes. For almost 168 years, Chowan University has occupied a place in the town, offered a caring and nurturing environment for its students. In fact, the name Chowan stems from the Algonquian term for ‘people of the south.’

Silicon Valley’s Best Kept Secret

Silicon Valley’s Best Kept Secret

Naprotek

Founded in 1995 by owner and CEO Najat Badriyeh, Naprotek Inc. is celebrating twenty one years in the industry as a highly reputable, full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. Industry leader Naprotek has the capacities to support any project from the introduction of a new product through to the end of its lifecycle. It specializes in mission critical solutions and cutting edge technology.
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Located in Silicon Valley, Naprotek is one of the area’s best kept secrets, offering prototype services with low to medium volume production manufacturing capacities.

Family Owned for Four Generations

Family Owned for Four Generations

Ward Lumber

In 1890, John Ward launched a small sawmill to serve his fellow farmers in the North Country. 126 years later, the fourth generation of the Ward family is still at the helm, serving upstate New York and beyond.
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Ward Lumber’s business has grown steadily over the years, developing both a manufacturing division and a building materials division. About 3% of the company’s raw materials are sourced from its 6,000 acres of timberland, while the remainder is procured from logging contractors and private landowners. “There is $2 million worth of economic impact from those log purchases alone, the bulk of which goes into Essex County, as well as the surrounding counties,” says President Jay Ward.

The KWS Advantage

The KWS Advantage

KWS Manufacturing Company

KWS Manufacturing Company Ltd. is a leader in the design and manufacture of conveying equipment for the bulk material handling industry. The company has established itself as a one-stop-shop that provides end-to-end engineered solutions. KWS brings value to clients from a broad range of industries by providing products of the highest quality that are backed by exceptional customer service.
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KWS works closely with its customers to provide industry-leading design and manufacture of products it completes according to the most rigorous specifications. KWS has a long history that has equipped it with extensive industry knowledge and expertise. The company has undergone two acquisitions since opening in 1972, and with each, a new era of growth occurred.

Thermoforming at its Best

Thermoforming at its Best

Productive Plastics

During its more than fifty years in the plastics industry, Productive Plastics has become a contract plastics manufacturer of choice for customers across many industries. Productive Plastics has continued to innovate to find new ways to add value for its clients, increase efficiency in its operations and maximize the quality of its production.
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Productive Plastics has grown to into an industry leader, always in pursuit of excellence and profitable growth. It differentiates itself by focusing on core values of honesty, integrity, respect and fairness and by investing in its people and processes. These values have served as a catalyst for generations of growth and success in the family-owned and managed company.

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