Eric Kimmel is the first to say there’s plenty of competition in the nutrition food bar manufacturing business, be it natural, organic, functional, healthy, or diet, but the co-owner of Quebec’s Noble Foods has managed to successfully carve out a particular niche in the medium-sized manufacturing market, delivering superior service for customers needing hands-on involvement, quality control and company growth.
A Healthy Company with a Hands-On Approach
Trendsetters in the Ice Fishing Industry
Ice Castle Fish Houses
A fish house provides shelter to those who venture out onto frozen lakes to cut holes in the ice and fish in the dead of winter, and there is no better place to manufacture and sell ice houses than Minnesota, nicknamed the ‘Land Of 10,000 Lakes’ (though in truth, there are 11,842).
Leveraging the latest technology, New Jersey-based company McCann Systems is the market leader in immersive audiovisual environments with experiential installations that draw, dazzle, and enfold users around the world.
From Mood Rings to Big Growth
Metro Plastics Technologies
Now approaching its forty-fifth anniversary, Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc. of Noblesville, Indiana owes much of its initial success to a goofy disco-era fashion trend involving rings with acrylic stones that changed color. However, the company’s long-term success comes from doing excellent work, offering an array of custom injection molding services, and maintaining strong customer relations.
Global Specialists in Operation-Center Integration
The question is, who has command and control of mission-critical Operations centers? The answer seems to be Constant Technologies. At least, a roll-call of the world’s most demanding clients believe it, from the U.S. Government to some of the greatest technology corporations.
The Phoenix of Colorado – Kaiser Premier Reinvents Itself
Eighty miles northeast of Denver, Kaiser Premier is reinvigorated and moving into a bold new future. Thanks to international financing, fresh innovation and a new company culture, Kaiser Premier is bringing new excavator technology in addition to its hydro excavator and sewer recycler technology into growing sectors.
The Implications of AI on the Financial Sector
In years past, going to the bank was no casual chore. Banks then were housed in imposing stone structures with columns suited to a family mausoleum. Beloved Canadian author and humourist Stephen Leacock captured the intimidating banking experience in his short story My Financial Career. “When I go into a bank I get rattled,” he wrote. “The clerks rattle me; the wickets rattle me; the sight of the money rattles me; everything rattles me.”
Ohio-Based, Globally Positioned
Randy Horvat founded Cleveland Metal Exchange (CME) in 1994 to broker secondary stainless-steel materials to manufacturers in sectors where small defects didn’t matter. Today, CME’s offerings are far greater – a small but dynamic and effective player amongst industry big boys.
100 Years of Leadership, Service, and Fellowship
Across the Great White North, Kin Canada members operate hundreds of small clubs in their local communities. These members, who proudly refer to themselves as “Kin”, are like-minded people united in a common goal: to Serve the Community’s Greatest Need.
The Steam Experts
Boiler Equipment Company
In the middle of winter, a truck washing facility in Illinois was forced to halt its services. One of its high-pressure vessels had quit and was beyond repair. A full installation would take at least a week. Panicked staff members were on the phone with an installation company they had worked with in the past, desperate to get things working again.
In Its Humble Way, This Company Moves North America
The almost invisible pallet literally carries and transports so much of North American manufacturing output. And PECO Pallet ensures that today’s pallet is always available – on time, safe, and repaired to the highest quality standards – from a vast depot network. That’s why it leads in Canada too.
Hotel Management Reimagined
Mairet Hotels, based in British Colombia’s provincial capital of Victoria on Vancouver Island, provides bespoke Canadian hospitality management to hotel properties in British Columbia and Alberta and is now positioned to share its expertise with the wider hospitality community.
Reaching New Heights Under New Management
Hotel Henri is a boutique hotel in the crossroads between the Chelsea, Flatiron, and Gramercy neighborhoods of New York City, and has been making its presence known since 2008. The hotel is very close to many notable corporate and leisure destinations in New York City, and Hotel General Manager Kevin McCue feels that the hotel has a geographical advantage over many others in the area because it is more centrally located, and within mere blocks of sights like Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Union Square, the High Line and Madison Square Parks, and attractive shopping locations on 5th and 6th Avenues (the hotel itself is on 24th Street).
A Model For Rural Economic Development
Oconto County Economic Development Corporation
The past few years have been quite the journey for the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation of Wisconsin. The organization has fine-tuned its plans for economic health, Fab Labs are starting to make an impact, and the feasibility study has produced some excellent information that is being used so effectively that other similar rural EDCs are taking notice. Once again, we had the privilege of speaking with Oconto County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Paul W. Ehrfurth.
Opportunities and Infrastructure
Hempstead County, AR
At the dawn of 2020, our globalized economy means that reinvigorating the American manufacturing sector is more important than ever. Hempstead County, Arkansas and its county seat Hope provide rich opportunities for manufacturing development. The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation (HCEDC) is working to augment economic opportunities in the region.
Looking to the Future
Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County in Ohio is famous for covered bridges, the Grand River Valley wineries, the Pymatuning State Park, Barn Quilt Trail, and other scenic delights. A hit with tourists, the state’s northeastern-most county is also a popular place to start a company.
Sunrise on the Delta – Washington County Goes for Growth
Washington County Economic Alliance
Water-rich riverine plains make Washington County, Mississippi ideal for agribusiness. But this is no sleepy farm community. The Washington County Economic Alliance is driving a vigorous workforce development program to prepare its workers for the aerospace and manufacturing sectors, too…
Bursting with Potential
Suwannee County Economic Development
There are many stakeholders that work together to drive economic growth and community development in Suwannee County, Florida. One of them is the Suwannee County Economic Development Office, an organization that is doing all it can to ensure the natural endowments of the area are leveraged and protected to reinforce quality of life and foster prosperity for all.
Playing the Long Game for Workforce Development
Graves County Economic Development
With its logistically ideal central location in Western Kentucky, access to three inland ports, and short, one-day drive to the majority of the U.S. population, Graves County Economic Development works to not only support its local industry by creating economic growth, but also bring growth to the region through expansion, attraction and retention, positioning itself as a first resource, or “concierge service” for businesses.
Sidney-Shelby Economic Partnership
Positioned at the northern edge of the Midwest-Dayton-Ohio Region is a manufacturing powerhouse which is leading in diverse manufacturing, food processing and production agriculture.
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