May 2015

Passion for Quality, Pride Rooted in Excellence

Passion for Quality, Pride Rooted in Excellence

Alouette Cheese

Cheese is one of the most versatile food items in the world. It is found in the cuisines of most, if not all, cultures and boasts a variety of applications, where it can be both the star of the flavor show or a supporting act, helping to elevate flavors, textures and complexity.
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With its many rich, salty, savory, and sweet applications, cheese can find itself as a key component or simply one small part of breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time.

Better Beef – and Much More

Better Beef – and Much More

Premier Proteins

When a massive chain of fast food restaurants advertises ‘Top Grade Sirloin’ or ‘100 percent Angus Beef’ it is somewhat deceptive – and nowhere near the quality of beef provided by Premier Proteins. Premier Proteins is a supplier of ultra-high quality meat to the retail and food services sector. It specializes in Wagyu/Premier American Kobe Beef®, Japanese Kobe beef and Premier American Grass-Fed Beef® along with Berkshire pork. Business in Focus spoke with its, owner Timothy Haas, to learn more.
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In Timothy Haas’ opinion, what separates Premier Proteins from its competitors is knowledge and quality. “It has to do with product knowledge and knowledge of marketing needs,” he shares. “There are a lot of ranchers or farmers that want to sell meat; everybody thinks they can sell meat, but that is not necessarily the case. The programs we have really are truly top of the line, so it’s about quality, service and integrity of the program.”

A Family Commitment to Pet Care

A Family Commitment to Pet Care

Tuffy’s Pet Foods

It’s been said that the road to one’s heart is paved with paw prints. And, if statistics have anything to say about our love for our four-legged friends, it would be this: pets touch our lives in ways that only pets can; they love unconditionally expecting only love and commitment in return.
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In the United States alone, over half of households are home to at least one dog or cat. Almost $20 billion was spent on pet food in the U.S. in 2012. That’s millions of tons of ingredients – poultry, seafood, meat, grains and agricultural products purchased to produce nutritious products to safeguard the health, happiness and longevity of our furry family members.

Sweet Ingenuity

Sweet Ingenuity

Asher’s Chocolate Company

Asher’s Chocolate is a company with a rich history, and an even more promising future. For more than 120 years the family owned and operated chocolate maker has provided the U.S. with high quality sweets at affordable prices – and the team is looking forward to what the future holds.
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In a world dominated by major corporate enterprises, Asher’s has managed to maintain family ownership and growth through every major fluctuation of the U.S. market. Built on a foundation of family values and a passion for all things chocolate, the firm has reinvented itself time and time again, proving that quality products withstand the test of time.

Custom-Made Molds and Machining

Custom-Made Molds and Machining

Triangle Tool Corporation

For over fifty years, Triangle Tool Corporation has exceeded the needs of its customers through the design and manufacture of high quality large scale molds and its custom machining businesses. With its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the company works with clients in a variety of industry sectors including appliances, consumer goods, industrial, oil & gas, and transportation.
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Triangle Tool has the expertise, combined with the machines and technology to create large, complex injection and structural foam molds. They also build sheet molding compound (SMC), bulk molding compound (BMC) compression molds, and blow molds. All of this is combined with a custom machining business that maximizes the 60+ CNC machines at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin facility.

A History of Quality

A History of Quality

Max Die Group

“Made in China.” This notification can strike fear into the hearts of corporations and businesses around the world. Huge production capacity, cheap labour and low prices are a detriment for those who choose to compete with the nation of 1.3 billion. Conversely, the labels “Made in Canada” and “Made in U.S.A.” are largely indicative of high craftsmanship, strong labour practices, and quality product. Max Die Group is no exception.
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The Max Die team consists of three world class facilities that deliver tooling solutions for customers worldwide. To combat the competition, the company offers a robust warranty, flexible payment terms, and, without exception, top quality. We spoke with Mark Brett, Program Manager, Doug Sanborn, Controller, and General Manager Robert Ofner, to learn more.

Making our Homes as Smart as our Phones

Making our Homes as Smart as our Phones

Malama Composites

As we all know, polyurethane foam is present in a wide range of products for both household and commercial purposes. Unfortunately, the petroleum it’s made from makes it largely unsustainable. In addition, foams are filled with toxic agents, catalysts and fire retardants that are harmful to people’s health and damaging to the environment. Malama Composites is looking to end that by commercializing their newly developed line of non-toxic, rigid urethane foam made from sustainable resources.
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Malama means “to care for and protect” in Hawaiian, and the company is living up to this philosophy by offering cost-competitive, recyclable foams made from renewable resources that don’t generate any water or air pollution during manufacturing or use.

The Difference the Cloud Makes

The Difference the Cloud Makes

LoadSpring

The benefits of cloud-accessed applications are multifaceted, but the primary advantage of these technologies lies in the fact that the right cloud allows you to access your entire suite of applications easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world…
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The team at LoadSpring Solutions is focused on creating the Perfect Cloud for its customers. Through a multifaceted approach that incorporates client applications, integrations, disaster recovery options, and more, LoadSpring provides the cloud that meets their business needs.

Quality & Service That Lasts

Quality & Service That Lasts

HEMCO Gage

The world may have changed a great deal over the past seventy years, but at HEMCO Gage, quality remains the company’s top priority. HEMCO continues to earn the business of repeat customers and attract new clients for its superior-quality service, decades of experience and because its products, quite simply, last much longer than those of the competition.
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Vice president for the past decade, Mike Hop has seen HEMCO’s evolution over the past thirty-eight years. Hop worked his way through the system, starting off fresh out of high school with entry-level positions in the chrome plating department. Hop knows the business inside and out and believes much of the company’s strength comes from the hard-earned reputation of its product.

A Global Niche Market Leader

A Global Niche Market Leader

Evans Consoles

Evans Consoles Incorporated, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has gained recognition as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of 24/7 mission critical console solutions. The company’s client list is impressive: NASA, AT&T, Honeywell, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Deutsche Telekom and China Railway Corporation, to name just a few.
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One of the most powerful tools in business is the ability to foresee niche market opportunities. Entrepreneurs with a keen sense of niche market strategies realize that specialized products and services offer a unique advantage in a globally competitive world. What these entrepreneurs also realize is that their offerings utilize skills and accompanying talent that make their company a dominant player in their market segment, long before competitors have a chance to react.

Family-Owned Company Holds Fast to Founder’s Values

Family-Owned Company Holds Fast to Founder’s Values

Mathews Company

Mathews Company is a family-owned manufacturer of high quality, innovative agricultural equipment with a specific focus on grain dryers. Many of founder B. C. “Matt” Mathews’ neighbours and friends were farmers, and he launched the company in 1954 because he wanted to help them and make their lives easier. We spoke with President Joseph Shulfer to find out how this vision became a reality.
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Entrepreneur “Matt” Mathews recognized the need to develop high-quality agricultural equipment. He took a risk and went out on his own, making machines in his garage. Over time, those inventions became well received by farmers in the area. A loyal following enabled him to turn his garage hobby into a very successful business manufacturing choppers, pulverizers and combines. Eventually, that led to what became the most popular product line: grain dryers.

Innovation with Precision

Innovation with Precision

Talon Innovations

Talon Innovations specializes in tough jobs that other companies can’t handle. The CNC machine shop supplies proprietary products and custom machining services to demanding customers requiring ultra-high purity and exacting standards, such as the semiconductor, medical device, biotech and aerospace industries.
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“We do the stuff that other people don’t want to do or can’t do,” says CEO Greg Olson. The business excels at close tolerance machining and finishing of difficult-to-process alloys and plastics as well as non-machining services, providing customers with a dependable, one-stop-shop solution.

High-End Technology and High-End Relationships

High-End Technology and High-End Relationships

North Atlantic Industries

North Atlantic Industries, Inc. (NAI) is a leading, independent provider of specialized embedded electronic and computing solutions for rugged defense, industrial, and commercial applications. NAI accelerates their clients’ time-to-mission with a unique approach based on a Custom-On-Standard Architecture™ (COSA™) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from standard commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components.
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By deploying highly configurable, readily available solutions on standard platforms, NAI is able to respond to unique requirements without the additional engineering costs and lead times normally associated with custom solutions.

Creating a Better World

Creating a Better World

UltraTech International

Although some of us have the imagination to come up with marketable ideas for products, following through takes a particular type of mindset and determination. Since 1993, UltraTech International, Inc. has been meeting that need for the creation, development and worldwide marketing and distribution of the best spill containment and spill response products imaginable.
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“We now have over sixty patents for over five hundred products,” says Mark Shaw. With his official title as Chief Executive Officer of UltraTech, Shaw’s business card should also state ‘entrepreneur and inventor.’ As the driving force behind the company, Shaw’s CEO title is something of an anomaly. Studying economics in college and taking Mandarin Chinese in his senior year, Shaw kept his pulse on relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, which were becoming normalized in 1980. His goal was to “become the world’s greatest trader between China and the U.S.”

Sustainable Solutions

Sustainable Solutions

Anaergia

Water is our most precious resource, and as the population grows, more of it is being used and wasted. Wastewater needs to be transformed back into clean water before our need for water makes our need for oil seem like an issue of minor significance. The same applies to the millions of tons of solid waste that we generate every day.
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Essential components for sustaining life on the planet will become more expensive and constrained in their availability unless action is taken today to recover and reuse them. Treating waste as a resource allows us to foster sustainability through greenhouse gas reduction, nutrient recovery and renewable energy generation.

A Better World through Better Water

A Better World through Better Water

American Water Works Association

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is the oldest and largest water management organization in the world, having been established in 1881. As an educational and technical organization, its mission is to provide effective solutions to manage the world’s most valuable resource.
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AWWA is devoted to protecting the public health, safeguarding the environment, strengthening the economy and improving the quality of life through water-based initiatives.

Ensuring the Safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide

Ensuring the Safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide

Total Safety

Total Safety Canada has been a part of the world’s leading provider of integrated industrial safety services for almost five years. In an industry built on keeping people safe, the importance of not only technology, but also experience is priceless. Providing top-of-the-line solutions through a commitment to innovation, Total Safety Canada is pioneering the turn toward safer work environments.
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Total Safety Canada was started in 2010, and since then, the firm has climbed to new innovative heights. When it comes to any major Canadian oil project, chances are Total Safety has either worked on it in the past or is currently working on it. From the likes of Shell, ConocoPhillips Canada and Encana, Total Safety’s top-of-the-line technology is keeping staff safe throughout the Canadian oil and gas sector.

First-Rate Directional Drilling Expertise

First-Rate Directional Drilling Expertise

Stryker Energy Directional Services

Stryker Energy Directional Services has become a leader in the drilling industry due to its dedication to performance, efficiency and integrity. Since 2010, the company has utilized the directional drilling experience of its leadership to provide clients with the knowledge and expertise they need for efficient drilling operations.
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The company leads the way in both positive displacement motors and personnel driven by performance. The team offers a broad spectrum of directional services using multilateral, horizontal, conventional displacement, straight hole drilling, open hole side tracks and re-entry applications, and also possesses the tools and expertise needed to apply these services to rugged and extreme environments.

Pioneers in Bringing Trenchless Technologies to America

Pioneers in Bringing Trenchless Technologies to America

Murphy Pipeline Contractors

America’s crumbling infrastructure is in need of a major overhaul. But the cost and disruption of laying new pipe has caused more than a few municipalities to put off the inevitable…
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When the UK faced the same issue a few decades ago, industry insiders put their heads together to develop an alternative to digging endless trenches through densely populated areas. “The UK has always been known as the home of trenchless technology,” says Todd Grafenauer, VP/Educational Director for Murphy Pipeline.

Successfully Conquering Challenging Drilling Projects

Successfully Conquering Challenging Drilling Projects

Big Bore Directional Drilling

Hard-rock drilling is a challenge that many drilling companies simply do not face, but it is one that Big Bore Directional Drilling face head-on. The company delivers high quality service with dependable, high-performance equipment operated by professional personnel.
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Located in Lloydminster, Alberta, Big Bore Directional Drilling was started in 2009 by Company President Doug Fischer. Mr. Fischer spoke with Business in Focus about the rapid growth the company has undergone in its brief history.

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