November 2015

Energizing Your World

Energizing Your World

Champion Power Equipment

In its decade of existence, Champion Power Equipment has emerged as a force with which to be reckoned in the demanding world of power generation equipment…
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The company carries everything from portable generators for emergency power outages and units for camping and RVing to permanent home standby generators, inverters, log splitters, transfer pumps, winches, engines and accessories. Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for innovation, state-of-the-art design and the finest power equipment on the market.

Innovation in a Changing Industry

Innovation in a Changing Industry

Acrowood

Acrowood has been engineering and manufacturing heavy equipment for the forest products industry since 1892, when the Pacific Northwest’s logging industry was at its height. Backed by more than a century of experience, the Everett, Washington-based company specializes in large and high capacity machines to create, screen and clean wood chips, sawdust, and shavings.
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Acrowood’s clients are located around the world and operate in the pulp and paper, panel board, sawmilling, and wood pellet industries.

Driving the Future of Drainage

Driving the Future of Drainage

ACO Polymer Products

ACO introduced modular trench drainage solutions to America three decades ago. Since then, the company has grown to become a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation with an exhaustive line of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. The team also provides related services, including continuing education, specification advice and installation support.
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The story began in 1946, when Josef-Severin Ahlmann launched ACO on the site of the Carlshütte Foundry in Budelsdorf, which is located near Rendsburg in Northern Germany. At first the company focused exclusively on concrete drainage channels, and then added polymer concrete drainage channels to the product line in the 1960s.

A Region on the Rise

A Region on the Rise

Eau Claire, WI

Located in Northwestern Wisconsin, just over an hour from Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Eau Claire has become Wisconsin’s epicenter of business growth and innovation. The area’s agricultural history remains a strong pillar of its economy, but today, Eau Claire is also home to a plethora of emerging, technologically-driven industries.
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Eau Claire has cultivated a community where professionals and businesses flourish in tandem, and in doing so, has secured an economic future that is brighter than ever before. With the perfect mix of recreation, culture, and an unemployment rate below 5%, young professionals and dozens of growing businesses have taken root in Eau Claire – and the numbers are growing.

The Port of Call for All!

The Port of Call for All!

Brown County’s Port of Green Bay

The Port of Green Bay is the westernmost port on Lake Michigan. Its location along the ideal harbors of Brown County, Wisconsin offers the shortest, most direct route to the Midwest while providing a gateway to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The port serves as a significant economic driver for both Brown County and the state of Wisconsin.
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An average of two million tons of commodities, valued at over $300 million, is moved through the Port of Green Bay each year. The port provides state-of-the-art facilities to handle the variety of cargo that passes through every day and helps those goods reach markets across the nation and around the world.

A Place to Grow

A Place to Grow

Oconto County, WI

Paul W. Ehrfurth, the executive director of the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation in Wisconsin, sees his county as unique, from its geography and its proximity to metropolitan areas, to its support of entrepreneurship and tourism. The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) is moving to increase interest and investment in the county.
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For almost 40 years, non-profit OCEDC has helped businesses begin, expand or relocate to Oconto County. Unlike elsewhere in Wisconsin, prospective companies can choose from an amazing array of business environments within the county.

Old Traditions, New Opportunities

Old Traditions, New Opportunities

City of Temecula, CA

Temecula is a picturesque, year-round getaway with an ideal climate. Though its history dates back to the 1880s, the city of Temecula, California, is still relatively young and has come a long way in just a short time since it was incorporated in 1989. The city has preserved its history while capitalizing on the multitude of local and regional assets for the future.
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Located a mere hour away from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs and only an hour and a half from the excitement of LA and Hollywood, Temecula is a great place to live, work, invest, and visit. As it is a boutique destination with unique character, charm and a flavor all its own, it is no wonder that over two million people visit Temecula each year.

Historically Significant, Presently Outstanding

Historically Significant, Presently Outstanding

Middlesex County, NJ

Rich in history and bursting with potential, Middlesex County, New Jersey has something for everyone.
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Visionary leaders, sound decision making, and a collaboration between the public and private sectors have enabled the County to find balance in its development, paying homage to its storied past with one foot in the future, and poised to take full advantage of all opportunities that present themselves.

A Thriving Community

A Thriving Community

Village of Oak Lawn, IL

Just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, Oak Lawn’s location is one of its strongest assets. But while many Oak Lawn residents work and play in the Windy City, locals also have plenty of reasons to stay home.
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Businesses of all types thrive in this Southside suburb, so it is chock full of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Affordable homes, friendly neighborhoods, and quality community services round out Oak Lawn’s many assets.

The Signature City

The Signature City

City of Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Today, what is now known as the City of Palm Beach Gardens is a unique presence in the county and state landscape, a signature city rich in diversification with a population that exceeds 52,000 and continues to grow.
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Jack Nicklaus once said, “Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.” ‘The Golden Bear’ could have very well been referring to his success as a golfer, yet his adage fits any visionary’s outlook on life. Success is measured by embracing convictions and transitioning them into realities. Such was the case for one such entrepreneur, John D. MacArthur.

Lasting Success

Lasting Success

North America’s Oldest Businesses

A company’s life expectancy tends to be short and predictable. Even Fortune 500 powerhouses typically survive for just a few decades; many close their doors even sooner. One third of the Fortune 500 companies operating in 1970 had fallen by the wayside by 1983, victims of bankruptcy, break-up, or merger and acquisition, according to The Economist.
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A fortunate few have managed to survive for generations. Some of these success stories have even become multibillion-dollar businesses that wield considerable influence on the global economy to this day. While the Old World obviously boasts the longest lasting businesses on the planet, the U.S. and Canada are home to an impressive list of companies that have survived at least two centuries.

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