October 2015

Toward a Cleaner Tomorrow

Toward a Cleaner Tomorrow

Southern Tank Transport

Southern Tank Transport is a homegrown firm pushing North American industry toward a safer and cleaner tomorrow.
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When it comes to fluid hauling, there are few businesses with the legacy or capability of Southern Tank Transport. With a long history of ingenuity, Southern Tank has reached a new level of success. From a small regional company, Southern Tank has grown into a multi-state provider, servicing the nation’s leading mining, oil, and gas and resource firms.

Getting to Work

Getting to Work

Increasing Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Rates in Canada

Historically, in Canada and around the world, Aboriginal people have experienced lower rates of entrepreneurship and have been an underrepresented population in terms of economic participation outside of their communities. Very few had access to the tools and resources that are necessary to support a small- to medium-sized business enterprise. Now, all of this is changing.
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First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have made great strides in achieving economic security and, more importantly, self-determination. In many cases, they have achieved mainstream economic prosperity while respecting and staying true to traditional practices and beliefs.

Safety, Productivity and Quality

Safety, Productivity and Quality

Pritchard Electric

Since 1962, Pritchard Electric has served customers throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. From industrial and commercial to residential and even high voltage distribution line work, Pritchard Electric’s suite of in-house services are extensive.
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Committed to quality, productivity and safety, Pritchard has worked diligently throughout the years to create an environment of progressive expertise. By investing in high-end technological innovation, staff training and in-house diversity, the company has managed to triumph through some of the toughest times in American development. Tom Braley, the current president of Pritchard Electric, gave us a look into what sets Pritchard apart.

The Voice of the Electrical Construction Industry

The Voice of the Electrical Construction Industry

National Electrical Contractors Association

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of America’s $130 billion electrical construction industry. A foundational support to the industry, the association drives innovative research, performance standards, and progressive labor relations, as well as providing networking opportunities and workforce recruiting and training.
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NECA’s history goes all the way back to the birth of modern electricity, when a group of electrical contractors joined forces in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in New York in order to strengthen the sector and reform abuses within the brand new industry. Over a century later, NECA continues to build on this legacy and push the industry forward.

Pioneers in Customer Service and Quality

Pioneers in Customer Service and Quality

Mini-Circuits

Mini-Circuits is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of products for intermediate frequency, radio frequency and microwave signal processing. The company can produce large quantities on short notice and send them almost anywhere on earth that they are needed. Mini-Circuits’ product lines represent over 10,000 custom models and off-the-shelf products, while offering world-class quality, service and technical support to its customers.
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Around the world, 1969 was a year of dramatic change. One of mankind’s greatest achievements was realized on July 20 of that year when the Apollo 11 lunar module landed safely on the surface of the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong said the now-legendary words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

An ‘Open Door’ Policy

An ‘Open Door’ Policy

Grass America

For over thirty-five years, Grass America has been designing and manufacturing first class functional movement systems, hardware, and accessories for kitchen and bath cabinetry across the United States. Grass offers their customers the highest quality and most innovative movement systems that add value to their products.
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Grass America is a full-range manufacturer and supplier of cabinet movement systems. The one-stop-shop serves all of its customers’ functional hardware needs with innovative adjustability and adaptable products, simplifying installation for the cabinet manufacturer and on-site installer.

Where Economic and Recreational Opportunities Meet

Wisconsin’s Grant County Economic Development Corporation is harnessing its potential with modern industrial parks, financial incentives and a ready workforce. This is a great area to build a business, with access to first rate communication, energy, technology and transportation infrastructure. Add quality schools into the mix, and you make for...

A Place to Grow

A Place to Grow

City of Pasadena, Texas

Boasting a host of business incentives — from a prime location near key highways, two major municipal airports, and a strong and well-educated available workforce to top-tier educational resources, close proximity to the Texas Medical Center and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, a responsive government, and a strong sense of community pride — the City of Pasadena, Texas, remains committed to economic development and success for the city and its surrounding regions.
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Founded in 1893 and incorporated in 1928, the southeastern Texas city was named after Pasadena in California. Located in the southeast Houston metropolitan area, in Harris County, Pasadena was known initially for its prime agriculture. The city grew considerably over the years. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Pasadena saw a rapid growth of petroleum plants to meet the war effort. Today, Pasadena continues to build its economic base and population, which has expanded to about 160,000.

The Tenacious Spirit Lives on in the Iron Ore Capital

The Tenacious Spirit Lives on in the Iron Ore Capital

Labrador City, Newfoundland

Labrador City, incorporated in 1961, is located in western Labrador near the Quebec border and is part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Together with its twin town of Wabush, located five kilometres to the south, the area is commonly referred to as Labrador West and has a combined population of approximately 11,000. Labrador West is the Iron Ore Capital of Canada resting on one of Canada’s richest iron ore formations discovered in 1892 – the Labrador Trough.
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‘Long may your big jib draw.’ The simple Newfoundland wish for favourable winds to fill your sails denotes a desire for good fortune and prosperity and is the embodiment of the spirit of optimism and perseverance so prevalent in the province.

Charting a New Course in Economic Development

Charting a New Course in Economic Development

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

Greater Grays Harbor Inc. is located in Aberdeen, Washington and acts as the regional chamber of commerce, economic development council and visitor information center for the area. Its goal is to help businesses in any industry and of any size to realize their full potential.
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Being a member of Greater Grays Harbor enables any company to have its interests promoted and opportunities increased by connecting it to the resources it needs and the opportunities it wants. We spoke with Chief Executive Officer Dru Garson to learn more.

Safety, Service and Reputation

Safety, Service and Reputation

TAR Energy Services

TAR Energy Services is a Canadian empire in the making. The premier oilfield fluids transportation provider for Alberta and British Columbia has become an integral part of the Canadian resource sector…
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In the last five years, the company has emerged as a trusted provider to Canada’s biggest resource companies. From a two-person operation, TAR Energy Services has cultivated a multi-million dollar enterprise, and according to President Tim McNeil, the future is looking bigger and brighter than ever.

Kickstarting Growth in Oil and Gas

Kickstarting Growth in Oil and Gas

Kicking Horse Energy

Kicking Horse Energy has extensive holdings in the Deep Basin of Alberta – and has engaged leading edge technology to make the most of these assets. Up ten times since last year, the oil and gas company’s production rate is enjoying rapid growth, setting the company on a path for lasting success.
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The stage was set six years ago, when the oil and gas company Contract Exploration veered dangerously close to bankruptcy. With assets based in Atlantic Canada, the company’s primary property, Stony Creek, was the second oldest oil field in the nation and considered by most to be long past its prime. Steve Harding and Raymond Sully thought otherwise. “The more I looked at it, the more I thought it still had reasonable life left in it, especially if we could effectively bring new technology to that oil field,” Mr. Harding remembers. The two entrepreneurs took over the company in 2010 and began turning it around immediately.

Staying Focused at a Fast Pace

Staying Focused at a Fast Pace

Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corporation

In 1971, transport industry insider Gary W. Short recognized a gap in the market and leapt to fill it. “He moved into the Richmond, Virginia area and saw a need for some additional services,” recalls his son-in-law and current Vice President, Ward Best.
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The forward-thinking entrepreneur broke away from the company he worked for and invested in his own, Virginia-based carrier business. “He saw the opportunity, took the risk, and went out on his own with his equipment,” says Mr. Best. “It is a great success story.”

Buying Power

Buying Power

Bestbuy Distributors Limited

Bestbuy Distributors Limited delivers unbeatable value and service. The independent buying group and warehouse distributor provides automotive aftermarket products to independent distributors, supplying quality solutions at an affordable price.
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The company’s secret to success is its buying power, which allows its member shareholders to compete more profitably – and pass these cost savings on to the end user.

Experience and Expertise for More Than Half a Century

Experience and Expertise for More Than Half a Century

Gerace Construction Company

Gerace Construction has been on the job for over 50 years. Founded in 1963 by Francis E. Gerace, the company’s first contract was for the construction of a Technical Education Facility at Delta College, University Center, Michigan. The contract amount was just $81,000 – half of the volume of work performed in that first year.
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The Midland, Michigan based business took off from there, growing rapidly over the next five decades and completing a long list of high profile projects throughout the United States. The company’s scope expanded along with its size, until the team was able to cover the entire life cycle of a project and provide construction management, general contracting, design-build, heavy civil, and steel fabrication services.

An Established and Trusted Name in Boston

An Established and Trusted Name in Boston

T & T Electrical Contractors

Family-owned, unionized T & T Electrical Contractors was founded by President Thomas J. Tuton Senior in 1973. The company has since established itself as a trusted name in the greater Boston area by delivering on its promise to complete all projects, from concept to completion, to the highest of safety standards and in accordance with national and state codes.
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The face of Boston is changing. The city is experiencing massive growth in the form of new construction projects, particularly high-rise apartments, and it is estimated that more than 8000 apartments will be built in the city over the next five years. The boom in construction is good news following the recession in the United States that lasted from 2007 to 2009. It is also good news for the nation’s electrical contracting industry.

Powering Electrical Needs

Powering Electrical Needs

EC Company

Maintaining a successful position in today’s industry for almost seventy years requires a combination of knowledge, flexibility and a deep willingness to incorporate the latest technological innovations…
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EC Company is rated among the top fifty electrical contractors in the United States and is the largest privately-held electrical contracting company in the northwest. It is a shining example of a company founded on hard-earned skills, a solid and stable business model and unwavering respect for all customers.

Reinventing the Electrical Contracting Industry

Reinventing the Electrical Contracting Industry

Northline Utilities

Northline Utilities delivers a complete electric utility solution. The Au Sable Forks, New York based company provides construction services as well as project management, construction management, and safety training services and, through its Northeast Live Line Division, develops both technical and “soft-skill” training for the utility industry that is relevant, advances cutting edge technology and is cost-effective.
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The company prides itself on the team’s ability to take on high-profile, challenging projects involving several stakeholders, stringent schedule and progress reporting requirements, and multi-subcontractor coordination. These jobs include everything from wind farm EPC contracts, large and small transmission and distribution line projects to utility substation construction, expansion and modifications.

Backed by People

Backed by People

Dynamysk Automation

Dynamysk Automation is a Canadian instrumentation, controls and electrical (ICE) system engineering company with a distinct advantage based on its ability to do everything in-house – from the engineering and design to construction, commissioning and maintenance.
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This vendor-neutral professional consulting services company, located in Calgary, Alberta, specializes in automation technology for the energy industry. Times are tough in this industry, but the three divisions that Dynamysk has, mean its diversity will take it through the rough patches. We spoke with Business Manager Kiley McKenna, Marketing Administrator Shona Belvoir and President John Lisoway to learn more.

Torque Tools that You Can Trust

Torque Tools that You Can Trust

Mountz Inc.

Mountz Inc. is celebrating its 50th year in business. Founded back in 1965 by Donald Mountz, the San Jose, California based company is still family owned and operated, with Donald’s son Brad currently at the helm. Brad has successfully maintained his father’s original vision, earning Mountz a reputation as the nation’s premier torque tool supplier.
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Mountz supplies a remarkable variety of torque tools, from screwdrivers and wrenches to power assembly tools, test and measurement equipment, bits and accessories – even nuts and bolts through its Mr. Metric division. The company’s tools are available in a wide assortment of measurements, making Mountz a one-stop shop for any torque tool need, no matter how large or small. “Our range is quite broad,” Brad points out. “It is unique in the sense that we cover a lot of different product types that our competitors do not.” The company’s range of tools is utilized by a number of industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, medical, packaging, and more.

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