March 2015

Made in the USA

Made in the USA

Express Diagnostics

In recent years, an increasing number of US companies have begun outsourcing labor, materials and processing overseas in what many have described as a cost-cutting measures, but Express Diagnostics is living proof, that there is nothing sweeter, or more lucrative, than homegrown growth.
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Express Diagnostics INT’L, (EDI) was created by four partners with backgrounds in toxicology, healthcare and law enforcement. At first, EDI operated as a distributor of a single drug-testing product, working small-scale in the domestic market.

Precision and Quality for More than 30 Years

Precision and Quality for More than 30 Years

Aalbers Tool & Mold

Oldcastle, Ontario based Aalbers Tool & Mold began in the back of a rented space with three people and a focus on quality. The always profitable company has seen slow and steady growth since its inception. Business in Focus spoke with President Toni Hansen to learn more.
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Thirty-three years ago, Toni and Gary Aalbers, the present owner of Aalbers Tool & Mold, were working together at a company that went out of business. Gary Aalbers then started his own firm and brought Toni and another former co-worker in about eight months later. From that team of three, the company has since grown to over two hundred individuals.

Innovative Products to Fill the Infrastructure Gap

Innovative Products to Fill the Infrastructure Gap

ADS Environmental Services

When municipal owners need to know about collection system flows, they choose ADS Environmental Services to monitor performance. With 40 years in the business, ADS Environmental Services knows how to provide robust, accurate and affordable flow measurement and the necessary analysis to support municipal project and financial objectives.
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Hal Kimbrough, General Manager of ADS, spoke to Business in Focus about the history of the company, its products and services, notable projects, and its plans for the future.

Raising the Bar for Health Care

Raising the Bar for Health Care

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is America’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For over half a century the independent, not-for-profit body has helped ensure that the nation’s health care organizations provide safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
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Based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, with a second office in Washington, DC, The Joint Commission is governed by a 32-member Board of Commissioners that includes administrators, physicians, nurses, employers, a labor representative, quality experts, a consumer advocate and educators.

Building Green

Building Green

OHL- Arellano Construction

OHL- Arellano Construction is a leader in green building. The Miami based subsidiary of the International OHL does not treat sustainability as a separate concept with a separate agenda – it is a philosophy and simply as a better way to build.
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“Green construction doesn’t need to have any kind of agenda outside of the fact that it is best practices construction,” believes Arellano’s Director of Sustainability, Pablo Gonzalez. “At its core, green construction just means that you are building something with as little waste as possible that is going to last as long as possible, be as cheap as possible to operate because it is energy and water efficient, and be as comfortable as possible due to indoor air quality. That is something that everybody wants.”

Quality and Innovation

Quality and Innovation

Fritzall

Fritzall got its start when Tom Fritz began dabbling in pre-cast concrete for his own farming needs. His creative solutions and commitment to quality quickly attracted attention, and Mr. Fritz’ small-time endeavours evolved into a thriving business supplying agricultural precast concrete buildings.
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Soon, Fritzall’s talented team crossed over into other fields, delivering innovative, quality structures of all kinds and materials as a general contractor.

What do Houseboats and Workforce Accommodation Have in Common?

What do Houseboats and Workforce Accommodation Have in Common?

TA Structures

Located in Sicamous, BC, TA Structures has been a market leader and an industry innovator since 1977. The business started out as a family owned and operated houseboat marina and manufacturer but has since grown substantially. Although the company has held on to its roots, TA Structures’ services now stretch across land, sea and everything in between.
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From humble beginnings, TA Structures has evolved to become a leader in not only houseboat manufacturing and design, but also in the worksite and relocatable accommodation industry.

A Personal Approach

A Personal Approach

Billitier Electric

Billitier Electric has been providing superior electrical contracting services to western New York for decades. With a customer-centric approach and renowned sustainability services, the firm is a case study in comprehensive growth.
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The electrical firm was established in 1970 in the home of Ron and Helen Billitier. Fast forward to 2015, and the Billitier legacy has flourished. While the business has evolved massively in the last few decades, the ethos of the firm’s strategy looks much the same.

Safety is Paramount

Safety is Paramount

Paramount Structures Inc.

Safety is truly paramount at Paramount Structures Inc. (PSI). Chairman and President Jason Burroughs was inspired to launch the company after an explosion ripped through BP’s Texas City facilities in 2005, killing 15 people, injuring 180 onsite workers, and causing more than $1.5 billion in financial losses. “There really wasn’t an existing solution in Canada,” Mr. Burroughs recalls…
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He got down to work and quickly developed a prototype for a blast resistant module that would fully protect people on the job. “We marketed it to some companies here in Canada and I could see immediate traction. They found my prototype intriguing and were excited about the potential for these blast structures.”

‘Taylored’ to Your Needs

‘Taylored’ to Your Needs

C.T. Taylor Company

C.T. Taylor Company provides ‘Taylored’ construction services to your needs. This promise isn’t just a slogan – it’s the truth.
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The multi-talented team boasts a full range of project delivery systems and can handle projects of nearly any size, from small $50,000 jobs to large scale work worth over $30 million. The team will also provide whatever level of service clients require, from simply providing manpower to taking care of the entire project, from start to finish.

Diverse, High-Quality Modular Building Options

Diverse, High-Quality Modular Building Options

Ramtech Building Systems

Since 1982, Ramtech Building Systems has been providing modular buildings to public institutions and private companies throughout Texas and the Southwest. The company’s track record of successful building projects has afforded the company a broad skill set, and enabled the team to meet a diverse range of commercial modular building requirements.
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Based near Fort Worth, Texas, Ramtech Building Systems’ design-build modular construction approach is well suited to providing clients with temporary or permanent modular buildings when they need them.

Doing What ‘Can’t Be Done’

Doing What ‘Can’t Be Done’

HHI Corporation

HHI Corporation is ready to take on any challenge. “We are experts in doing things that have never been done before,” says Project Manager Matt Gehring.
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The Ogden, Utah based business specializes in tough, out of the box design-build projects and metal manufacturing for a variety of clients. “There is really nothing that we can’t tackle, nothing that we are afraid of,” states Mr. Gehring.

Building Baltimore

Building Baltimore

Roy Kirby & Sons

Roy Kirby & Sons have been building Baltimore and Washington DC for more than half a century. Founded by South Baltimore native Leroy E. Kirby Sr., the company provides general contracting, construction management and design/build services for institutional and commercial construction, renovation and historic restoration in the Baltimore-Washington area. Projects range from $200,000 to $25 million and typically fall in the $3 million to $20 million range.
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After leaving Polytechnic Institute to help support his family during the Depression, Mr. Kirby landed a job as a runner for Consolidated Engineering, earning just 20 cents an hour, the Baltimore Sun reports. The determined young man worked his way up to field engineer and project manager before enlisting as a private in World War II. During the war, Mr. Kirby was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he helped build the famous Burma Road with the 848th engineers. After returning to America, he launched his own company with a partner in 1949. In 1964, the venture dissolved and Leroy established Roy Kirby & Sons, which has been in business ever since.

Turnkey Solutions on Both Land and Sea

Turnkey Solutions on Both Land and Sea

LandSea Camp Services

Remote camp living isn’t for everyone, but for those who choose the camp lifestyle, it’s not just about the money that can be made or a place to lay a weary head. It’s about knowing that they’re valued as guests and that they have a home away from home in a safe, comfortable and hospitable environment. LandSea Camp Services ensures every guest is indeed a ‘happy camper’, and that is vitally important to clients who aim to recruit and retain a skilled workforce.
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LandSea Camp Services, headquartered in Squamish, British Columbia, was established in 2010 by founder and president, Michael Coyne, who previously operated high-end sport-fishing resorts and boutique hotels on British Columbia’s coast for seventeen years.

Hang your Hat in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Hang your Hat in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Atlific Hotels

Fort McMurray is best known for being a major hub for oil sands development in Canada. In recent years it has become a true “boom town” (both as a result of the oil sands industry development and tourism industry growth), and so the need to expand the number of hotels in the area grew.
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Temple Hotels Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) on the TSX stock exchange, recognized that growing need and decided to shift some of its focus and resources to the Fort McMurray area. In 2005 the investment company entered the hotel business with the acquisition of Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Temple entrusted the management of this property to Atlific Hotels, one of the leading hotel management companies in Canada. Thus began a successful and trusted partnership that would eventually span numerous hotels across the country, including those in the Fort McMurray portfolio.

Providing Sustainable Alternative Energy Solutions

Providing Sustainable Alternative Energy Solutions

sPower

From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, sPower owns and operates more than 130 utility and distributed electrical-generation systems across the United States. Its project pipeline represents more than a gigawatt of power, and the company’s portfolio of operating projects spans multiple states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Utah.
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Since its establishment in 2012, sPower has been committed to providing economically and environmentally responsible utility-scale solar power solutions.

A Decade of Proven Success

A Decade of Proven Success

Birch Mountain Enterprises

Birch Mountain Enterprises Ltd. (BMEL) began as a heavy duty mechanical company serving the oil sands industry, eventually growing their capacities, adding welding to their repertoire, and entering the saturated trade markets of the oil sands.
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The company has adapted to meet industry demands, evolving into an industry leading oilfield services provider and carving out a niche in the industry, poising the company for continued growth and success.

Testing, Consulting, and More

Testing, Consulting, and More

Powertech Labs

Powertech Labs covers a lot of ground. The Surrey based subsidiary of BC Hydro specializes in clean energy consulting, independent testing, and power system solutions for electrical power utilities, electrical and automotive equipment manufacturers, and oil and gas companies.
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“We don’t just have one product or one line of service,” says Managing Director Raymond Lings. “We serve a number of industries and have multiple services and products.” This breadth of ability is part of a successful, long term strategy. “We want to have a portfolio of services, some of it just routine testing that pays the bills and some of it leading edge and higher risk with big wins or big losses.” By covering both entrepreneurial and more conventional endeavours, “we hedge our risks.”

Build it Right

Build it Right

Dorigo Systems

Dorigo is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading contract manufacturers of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). President Mark Pillon, P.Eng, launched the Vancouver area company in 1998, and business has been growing steadily ever since.
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What began as a one man show now boasts 91 employees, 45,000 square feet of state of the art manufacturing space, and over $26 million in sales each year.

Innovating Seamless Steel Pipe

Innovating Seamless Steel Pipe

Bri-Steel Manufacturing

Bri-Steel Manufacturing proudly serves a number of demanding industries, including oil and gas, petrochemical, construction, resource and civil engineering. As a top-quality manufacturer of seamless steel pipe, the company remains committed to meeting the specific needs of customers, both in Canada and internationally.
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First becoming involved in the steel pipe distribution business back in 1997, President Neil Rasmussen has been an integral part of changes in the industry. Rasmussen and his team scoured the world for high-quality producers, developing solid relationships with manufacturers. Bri-Steel was formed in 2003 and soon grew to become a respected western Canada-based importer and supplier of pipe products across North America.

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