August 2015

Supporting the Free Market, Empowering Small Businesses

Supporting the Free Market, Empowering Small Businesses

DollarDays International

DollarDays International is an innovative, online wholesale distributor on a mission to level the playing field for growing businesses. By taking manufacturing and distribution to the digital marketplace, the site provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-profits with the economic security necessary to take on the challenges of twenty-first-century entrepreneurship.
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SMEs have always been the backbone of North American Industry but, in recent years, vast changes in the domestic economy have threatened the livelihood of small businesses everywhere. According to the US Census Bureau, in the last year alone over 470,000 U.S. businesses died, with only 400,000 new ones created. Despite these daunting statistics, the reality is that many small firms are still fighting the good fight, and today, DollarDays International may just be the solution.

Where Futures Begin

Where Futures Begin

Charlotte Technical Center

Educational institutions must align themselves with changing needs to address and fulfill employer demands for knowledgeable skilled workers. Charlotte Technical Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, has taken a proactive approach to its role as educator by providing quality innovative technical education for its students.
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“The single most important thing companies are looking for are highly skilled, highly educated workers,” said President Obama in a speech to Miami Central High School in 2011.

Lessons For Life

Lessons For Life

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools

In 1991, Ron and Jane Sciarro launched Aqua-Tots as a modest, home-based business to teach swimming skills to children in the Phoenix area. Their state-of-the-art training curriculum made waves and by 2005 the couple was ready to bring the company’s nationally recognized “Lessons for Life” program to a broader customer base.
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Paul and Heather Preston came aboard as partners to help Aqua-Tots transition from private swim lessons to a franchised business with fully equipped, indoor swim facilities. “Ten years ago, our kids were all toddlers and we couldn’t find quality swim instruction,” Mr. Preston remembers. “We couldn’t find a place to take our kids that was indoors, open year-round.” This gap in the market presented the ideal opportunity for the growing company. “We wanted to do something with excellence, and we also saw a need in the community. We were reacting to what families and parents want. We saw that parents really want a quality swim environment.”

Clean, Green and Professional

Clean, Green and Professional

CleanMark Group

CleanMark Group Inc. is driven by the goal of becoming North America’s premier facility services company. Founded on the core values of Integrity, Service, Collaboration and Passion, the company continues to grow and expand its list of satisfied clients through the time-tested practices of innovation, hiring the best talent, operational excellence, and dependable, quality service that comes from working closely with customers and listening to their needs.
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CleanMark Group works for a wide range of clients including many of Canada’s best-known retailers, car dealerships, drugstore chains, hotels and resorts, casinos, fitness centres, electronic retailers, cinemas, corporate offices, hospitals and educational institutions. It often grows with its clients, gaining new customers through its reputation for quality work.

Gluten Free Goodness with Knowledge and Service

Gluten Free Goodness with Knowledge and Service

Arnel’s Originals

The phrase ‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ could definitely be applied to how Arnel’s Originals got its start. As a mother, founder Arnel McAtee used her research and cooking skills to prepare food her children could eat without the risk of suffering from the symptoms of gluten. From those humble beginnings, Arnel’s Originals has grown into a successful company selling whole grain organic non-GMO gluten free mixes that are not only nourishing, but delicious.
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Based in Ventura, California, Arnel McAtee spoke extensively about her company and how she was compelled to start making gluten free baking mixes. Back in 1996, McAtee had two girls, ages four and six who were emotionally volatile, dealing with eczema, and weren’t able to sleep through the night. “Something was wrong and I was determined to find out what it was,” McAtee says.

Redefining Liquid Energy, Naturally

Redefining Liquid Energy, Naturally

Avitae

Avitae is an all-natural alternative to energy drinks which is redefining the industry standard of hydration and health. The Avitae brand has been around for years, but since it underwent a major revamp in 2013, the product has taken off…
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Seeing a gap in the market for a healthy and natural alternative to the energy drink crazed beverage sector, Avitae was created. With a name which comes from the Spanish word for water, “agua” and Latin word for life, “vitae” the product has become a hit with corporate leaders, marathoners, and busy parents alike. This natural, tasteless, and calorie-free caffeinated water has emerged as a leader within the sector, and a closer look at the product unveils myriad benefits that go beyond just a midday pick-me-up.

Sweet Summer Nights

Sweet Summer Nights

Business Booms as the Temperature Rises

After a long winter season, North Americans are anxious to get out and have fun during the summer. Whether consumers are traveling to theme parks, visiting beaches, or enjoying clubs on those long, hot summer nights, businesses have found myriad ways to cater to consumer demands and the latest trends.
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Many young professionals and the young at heart want to dance the night away and nightclubs are finding unique and innovative ways to market their clubs to customers. As big data has become increasingly important in a number of industries, the nightclub industry is no exception when it comes to collecting information about its customers. Catering messages and personalizing them to a niche audience has become an increasingly important trend in 2015, and many clubs are now adapting Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software to understand their target markets and what their niche customers want.

A Family Commitment to Industrial Packaging

A Family Commitment to Industrial Packaging

General Packaging Corporation

Based out of Richardson, Texas with two additional manufacturing facilities in Dallas, TX and Conroe, TX, General Packaging Corporation is a multi-purpose packaging material provider producing containers and boxes manufactured from various materials including corrugated fiberboard, wood, plywood and foam plank. All products can be integrated to meet the needs of industrial and air freight requirements.
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General Packaging Corporation has survived the test of time in the arena of family-owned businesses in the United States. Not an easy feat when considering that fifty percent of family-owned businesses in the nation fail during the transition from second to third generation leadership.

Separate from the Pack

Separate from the Pack

IPS Packaging

Family-run IPS Packaging serves the Southeast with complete packaging systems and supplies from leading manufacturers. The company provides not only packaging supplies, but packaging solutions through consultative selling.
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Growth has been impressive, and the business now has six divisions and four warehouses within its supply chain. Business in Focus spoke with Chief Operating Officer Derrick Murdock and Vice President of Marketing Brad Murdock to find out more.

What Are They Worth?

What Are They Worth?

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

Temporary foreign workers have been used by some countries for many years to give employers rapid access to a broader labour market. Since 1973, when Canada introduced the TFWP to address short-term labour shortages for skilled workers, agricultural workers and live-in caregivers, Canada has increasingly come to rely on temporary foreign workers.
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As of April 1, 2015, tens of thousands of temporary foreign workers have no choice but to leave Canada as their work permits have expired, and changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) have come into effect. These changes to TFWP stand to alter the economic landscape in Canada though the degree of the impact is still relatively unknown.

110 Years of Quality Trailers

110 Years of Quality Trailers

Rogers Brothers Corporation

In today’s world of business, longevity is something rare. Founded in Albion, a borough in Erie County, Pennsylvania, Rogers Brothers Corporation has been in the business of manufacturing extremely durable, quality trailers since 1905 and is still going strong.
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Rogers Brothers Corporation is now into its fourth generation of family ownership, with a fifth-generation entering the business. The company realizes the world has changed a great deal, but its unwavering commitment to quality, customer service and safety remains the same.

Specializing in Oversized, Heavy Loads

Specializing in Oversized, Heavy Loads

McTyre Trucking

When you’re in the trucking business for almost seventy years, you learn a few things along the way. With a well-earned reputation for outstanding quality and customer service, asset-based carrier McTyre Trucking continues to meet the needs of a variety of industries who know that when gigantic items need to be hauled safely and professionally across forty-eight states and Canada, they call McTyre.
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“We are a trucking company, a specialized carrier, so what we do is haul items that are oversized and overweight,” says John McTyre, the company’s recently retired chief operating officer. “We haul lots of different things, from very large bridge beams – both concrete and steel – pressure vessels for petrochemical plants, transformers, and we haul large components in and out of nuclear power plants. There are very few things of any size or weight that move in the United States that we don’t handle.”

Proven Industry Experience

Proven Industry Experience

PSC Crane & Rigging

Incorporated in the midst of The Great Depression over eighty years ago, PSC Crane & Rigging has established a reputation for its abilities to safely move large pieces of machinery, sculptures, mechanical units and other items – in some cases weighing hundreds of tons.
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The company achieves this with the utmost respect for safety, efficiency and skilled craftsmanship. The company handles everything from ‘power-on to power-off,’ plant relocations, decommissioning and plant shut-down maintenance. PSC Crane & Rigging prides itself on its abilities to dealing with all industrial maintenance needs for clients when they need them, twenty-four hours a day, even on weekends and holidays.

Supporting the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Industry

Supporting the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Industry

Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA)

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) is an international trade association with approximately 1,300 members spread across 43 nations. These members are involved in some of the world’s most significant infrastructure projects and transportation challenges, from lifting entire bridges into position to hauling loads weighing thousands of tons all the way across the continent.
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All sectors within the industry are represented by the Association, from specialized transportation, machinery, industrial maintenance and millwrighting, to crane and rigging operations, manufacturing, and rentals.

Delivering a Superior Solution

Delivering a Superior Solution

Hanwha Azdel

Hanwha Azdel manufactures leading edge thermoplastic composite materials. “Our mission is to create value for our customers by delivering high quality, cost effective, lightweight, composite solutions,” COO Thomas Ebeling summarizes.
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Designed for both interior and exterior applications, these advanced composites serve a range of transportation sectors, from automotive and heavy truck to recreational vehicle, as well as some industrial applications. The Forest, Virginia based company is an affiliate of Hanwha Advanced Materials Corporation, a major Korean company with 50,000 employees worldwide.

Committed to Quality

Committed to Quality

Teledyne Electronic Manufacturing Services

With a history going back over fifty years, Teledyne Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) is a highly respected, full-service provider of contract manufacturing. As a Teledyne Technologies, Inc. company, Teledyne Electronic Manufacturing Services is active in a number of industry sectors, meeting the exacting needs of clients in areas including defense, commercial and industrial electronics.
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Through highly experienced staff, lean initiatives, an unwavering commitment to quality and working with the best suppliers Teledyne Electronic Manufacturing Services offers a range of turnkey manufacturing and engineering services and the latest technology solutions.

“We Celebrate Human Achievement”

“We Celebrate Human Achievement”

Plastic Dress-Up Company

Since its inception, Plastic Dress-Up Company (PDU) has been a leader in the award and trophy industry. As the first company to manufacture plastic trophy components, PDU continues to revolutionize the industry by remaining innovative and adapting to meet the diverse needs of its customers.
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Headquartered in South El Monte, California near Los Angeles, PDU is an international supplier of raw materials for award and recognition products such as trophies, plaques and medals to retailers. The company has 21 distribution locations throughout the United States along with international distribution centers in Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Africa, and other areas.

Redefining the Aggregate Industry

Redefining the Aggregate Industry

TCI Manufacturing & Equipment Sales

Illinois-based TCI Manufacturing & Equipment Sales, Inc. proudly serves a range of sectors, including construction aggregates and the frac sand industry. TCI has the equipment and experience necessary to serve all aggregate industry customers. They constantly seek to grow and improve the company and introduce new products to the marketplace to meet customer demand.
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Although created in 2000, the roots of TCI stretch back to the mid-eighties. It was at that time that Mike Maynard and Richard ‘Dick’ Nelson started a manufacturing company named Production Engineered Products (PEP), which successfully grew and became known among construction aggregate companies for its line of quality, patented High Frequency Screens, which are used for particle separation (i.e. 3/8” – 20 mesh ranges). Astec Industries acquired PEP in 1997, relocated to Sterling, IL and saw Maynard serve as president for three years. Soon after, Maynard and Nelson returned to Walnut, Illinois and establish TCI.

Senior Living, but Different

Senior Living, but Different

Sage Senior Living

Kelly Cook Andress, of Sage Senior Living, is proud that back in the 1980s and 1990s she was part of the team that helped to revolutionize the assisted living industry in the U.S. “We were significant in taking grandma out of the nursing home,” says the co-Founder and Owner.
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“We recognized that growing numbers of seniors needed support, but the vast majority did not need the high level of medical care found in traditional nursing homes.” In response, there were a few pioneering companies that pushed through and helped pioneer the concept of assisted living – a residential environment that provides necessary support without confining residents to a hospital-like atmosphere.

Leaders in Beauty for Over 80 Years

Leaders in Beauty for Over 80 Years

Zotos International

Known for the legacy it has created as a leader in the professional beauty industry, Zotos International has continually employed innovation to change the way in which beauty is attained, pushing the envelope and driving trends.
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Zotos was founded in 1929 in New York City by chemist Dr. Evans and prominent advertising executive Neil R. Andrews. The pair brought their cosmetics and hair colors to trade professionals, revolutionizing the industry over the years.

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