February 2020

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusA Healthy Company with a Hands-On ApproachNoble Foods

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

A Healthy Company with a Hands-On Approach

Noble Foods

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.

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusFrom Mood Rings to Big GrowthMetro Plastics Technologies

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

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.

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusBanking, TransformedThe Implications of AI on the Financial Sector

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

Banking, Transformed

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.”

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusReaching New Heights Under New ManagementHotel Henri

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

Reaching New Heights Under New Management

Hotel Henri

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).

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusA Model For Rural Economic DevelopmentOconto County Economic Development Corporation

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

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.

2020 | February 2020 | In FocusPlaying the Long Game for Workforce DevelopmentGraves County Economic Development

2020 | February 2020 | In Focus

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.


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