December 2016

Leak-Free Solutions

Leak-Free Solutions

Trelleborg Pipe Seals

Trelleborg’s pipe seals operation is part of the wider Trelleborg Industrial Solutions Business Area of the Swedish Trelleborg Group, founded over 100 years ago. The company is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way.
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With a track record spanning over 60 years, Trelleborg’s pipe seal operation is a leading supplier of new and rehabilitation sealing solutions for concrete, plastic pipes and manhole pipes used for water, sewerage and drainage.

Dynamic and Diverse Noise Control and Energy Management Solutions

Dynamic and Diverse Noise Control and Energy Management Solutions

Polymer Technologies

Polymer Technologies was founded in 1989, during what was an interesting time for a changing market. Recognizing these changes and ready to take advantage of an opening in the market, the company, under its founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Prybutok, fully capitalized on the opportunity and quickly became a market leader.

The Market’s Finest Power Equipment

The Market’s Finest Power Equipment

Champion Power Equipment

Champion Power Equipment has earned a reputation for designing and producing the market’s finest power equipment. To date, the company has sold over 2.5 million generators in North America, making the business an undisputed leader in the field.
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In business since 2003, the company has expanded from its original Santa Fe Springs, California headquarters to include facilities in Jackson, Tennessee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Toronto, Canada. Champion’s product line has expanded along with its geographical footprint to include portable generators, home standby generators, inverter generators, engines, winches and log splitters.

A Texas Packaging Firm with a Global Reach

A Texas Packaging Firm with a Global Reach

Austin Foam Plastics

Austin Foam Plastics (AFP) designs, manufactures and sources protective packaging for products to ensure they are not damaged in transit. The company perpetuates a global reach, a family-like corporate culture and initiatives for sustainability that have earned the firm industry kudos.
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AFP’s Pflugerville, Texas (a suburb of Austin, TX) headquarters features over 500,000 square feet of production space. From the heart of Texas, the firm has customers across the United States and abroad. “We’re expanding more into China and Mexico,” says AFP President Rick Lange.

Beneath the Surface Lies Quality

Beneath the Surface Lies Quality

Lincoln Industries

Lincoln Industries is North America’s largest and most diverse privately held metal finishing company. The company was founded in 1952 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Dale LeBaron in 1952 as a small custom plating shop, plating everything from teapots to lamps to car parts. Today, the company has grown and operates in agriculture, motorsports, trucking and many other sectors, Lincoln Industries prides itself on delivering the highest levels of customer satisfaction.
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The company offers a number of services, such as metal finishing, tube fabrication, design and engineering, global supply chain management, assembly and packaging. We spoke with its new President, Bill Ellerbee, to find out more.

Innovations in Stainless Steel Drainage

Innovations in Stainless Steel Drainage

ACO Polymer Products

Since introducing modular trench drainage solutions to America nearly forty years ago, ACO has grown into a multi-site manufacturing and sales operation with a full line of drainage products for all aspects of building and construction. The company also delivers related services, from continuing education and specification advice to installation support.
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ACO’s initial success came from its unique and innovative trench drainage solution that saves both time and money. The company’s modular trench drains are factory manufactured and then shipped to site and installed. Manufacturing the product in a controlled environment ensures quality and lowers the production cost. In fact, pre-cast modular trench drains typically cost about 10 percent less to install than catch basin systems and 20 percent less than cast-in-place trench drain systems. Long term cost of ownership is also reduced by simpler maintenance and operational costs.

Local Expertise with a Global Presence

Local Expertise with a Global Presence

CPM Century Extrusion

Century Extrusion is a leading global supplier of highly engineered twin screw extrusion systems as well as high performance process section components. The Michigan based company delivers a complete range of products, from single machines to entire turnkey production plants.
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Century Extrusion is also one of the largest suppliers in the world of replacement parts for twin screw extruders. This includes parts for machines produced by other manufacturers as well as for Century Extrusion’s own models.

Innovation and Growth in Biomedical Contamination Control

Innovation and Growth in Biomedical Contamination Control

The Baker Company

The Baker Company makes products designed to ensure the safety of hospital, pharmacy and laboratory personnel as well as to protect and enhance the integrity of their work. Family-owned Baker has a history of innovation and a focus on meeting customer demands, even if that means modifying products on the shop floor.
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“We are primarily a manufacturer and supplier of contamination control equipment for use within the life sciences industry. In addition to that, we manufacture and supply a line of controlled environment workstations out of our subsidiary in Wales, Ruskinn Technology,” says Dan Eagleson, senior vice-president of The Baker Company.

Red Hot Growth with Cold Storage Products

Red Hot Growth with Cold Storage Products

Imperial Brown

Imperial Brown is a rapidly growing manufacturer specializing in refrigeration products, particularly the insulated panels used in walk-in coolers and freezers. The company more than doubled in size since combining operations on the east coast and west coast in 2012, with space and plans to continue expanding. The coolers and freezers Imperial Brown manufactures are widely seen in the foodservice sector but are also used for medical, scientific, retail and industrial purposes.
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Rick Jones, the technical services manager, describes the employee-owned company as having a ‘can-do’ attitude: “The difficult, no problem; the impossible, give us a day or two. Imperial Brown’s products are found in skyscrapers, museums, restaurants, stadiums and industrial testing facilities; anywhere something needs to be preserved. The majority of the company’s customers are based in the United States due to the shipping costs internationally, but some product heads over the borders to the north and south when design and construction requirements call for it.

Helping You Succeed

Helping You Succeed

Chalmers & Kubeck

Chalmers & Kubeck, Inc. is one of the largest independently owned and operated industrial service providers in the eastern United States, with its headquarters, main machine shop and main valve shop all located in Pennsylvania. It is a third-generation family-owned business with offices spread across the eastern seaboard, from Massachusetts to Georgia. From its humble beginnings to today, Chalmers & Kubeck has taken great pride in making sure its customers are successful.
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Chalmers & Kubeck got its start in 1950 when John Kubeck and Doug Chalmers, two machinists working at Atlantic Refining Company, decided to go into business together and started rebuilding machines after work, in their garages. After two years of hard work, they were able to support their families with just their work at Chalmers & Kubeck. Eventually, they rented space at Aircraft Welding in Brookhaven to refurbish steel mill rolls. “Business grew and soon they were doing work for General Electric,” says Chalmers & Kubeck Business Development Director Chadd Criddle.

Innovation, Expertise Shine Bright for Energy Focus

Innovation, Expertise Shine Bright for Energy Focus

Energy Focus

Energy Focus is a relatively small company that is having a sizeable impact on the LED lighting industry. Through its exceptional products and innovation, and unbridled passion for smart lighting solutions, Energy Focus has placed itself at the forefront of the LED lighting and retrofit revolution.
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Energy Focus has the expertise, the passion, the technological capabilities, and the integrity to shine a flicker-free light on the many benefits of LED lighting. In doing so, Energy Focus is directing the future of the industry and cementing its place atop the industry.

Gearing for the Future

Gearing for the Future

Jrlon

Headquartered in Palmyra, New York, Jrlon, Inc. is a premier polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) processor in the United States. PTFE, best known by the brand name Teflon, is a synthetic tetrafluoroethylene fluoropolymer. Jrlon has established a reputation for quality and expertise with diverse processes and a wide assortment of performance plastics and exotic alloys.
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Jrlon’s services include CNC turning and milling, plastic compression and injection molding, custom coatings and painting, welding, assembly, and precision plastic and metal industrial gear manufacturing. “Because everything we do is so custom, there really isn’t a limit to what we can do. We do everything from spray coating rims for somebody’s car to molding a lining into a large value that’s going to be in a factory somewhere,” Jrlon Owner and Chief Operating Officer Brandon Redmond explained.

A Vertical Integration Hardwood Business

A Vertical Integration Hardwood Business

Yoder Lumber

Founded by John J. Yoder in 1944, Yoder Lumber Company is a third-generation family operation that continues to offer its customers superior selection and timely delivery from its in-house transportation and logistics division. Its consistent quality is rooted in tradition and enhanced by technologically advanced equipment and processes.
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Yoder Lumber has come a long way since its humble beginnings of a five-man crew and a portable sawmill, having grown to over 200 employees across four locations in Ohio and West Virginia. Each of these state-of-the-art facilities is strategically located in the heart of the Appalachian hardwood region.

Master Distributors, Exceptional Service

Master Distributors, Exceptional Service

Christy Metals

Christy Metals offers dependable service and quality products to its domestic and international customers every day. The company is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer, and so is compliant with stringent quality standards. The company has no minimum order size and aims to meet all its customers’ metal needs, large or small.
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Christy Metals was founded in 1964 by Creighton Helms, father of the current company president. Both in name and in presence, Christy Helms has led the company for the past two decades, helping the company to achieve new levels of success.

Designing the Future

Designing the Future

Thermwood

Thermwood has made its home in Dale, Indiana since it began operations at the end of the 1960s. Jason Susnjara has served as vice president of marketing for ten years at the pioneering company and spoke to me from his office.
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“Thermwood was established in 1969, not as a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router company but as a plastic molder with our own process involving thermoforming woodgrain parts for the furniture industry.” Thermoforming is the process of heating a thermoplastic material and shaping it in a mold.

Moving the Industry Forward

Moving the Industry Forward

Fabricators and Manufacturers Association

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International® (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members working together to improve the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry.
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“Our mission is to promote and advocate for the growth and sustainability of the industry,” summarizes FMA President and CEO Ed Youdell. Since its founding in 1970, the association has promoted the industry through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and the renowned tradeshow FABTECH®.

Keeping Industry Running

Keeping Industry Running

Atlas Industrial Contractors

As a full-service industrial contractor, Atlas Industrial Contractors works to keep its customers’ operations running efficiently. The company is recognized for safety, quality and longstanding industry expertise.
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For over sixty years, Atlas Industrial Contractors reputation for excellence and safety has increased, and it has been rewarded with a growing customer base that has supported its expansion.

Making its Mark in Canada’s Window and Door Industry

Making its Mark in Canada’s Window and Door Industry

Landmark Home Solutions

Landmark Home Solutions has been a family-owned business for more than twenty-five years. At first, the company catered to the Niagara area but has since expanded its reach to serve all of Ontario from its base in St. Catharines…
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The company installs energy efficient, Canadian-made windows and doors that are backed by a strong warranty. We spoke to Owner Brian Mason and Marketing Manager Emily Mason to learn more.

Packaging Greatness with a “One More Thing” Philosophy

Packaging Greatness with a “One More Thing” Philosophy

Kaufman Container

Whether you are looking to package a beverage, a chemical, or a beauty product, Kaufman is a great partner to have. Kaufman Container has been a major supplier of rigid containers for over a hundred years, offering the complete package from concept to completion.
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Whether stock, custom solutions, or one of their value-added services such as decoration or warehousing, Kaufman skillfully manages the supply of each and every packaging component. Servicing a broad range of markets, including personal care/health and beauty, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, industrial and household chemicals, automotive, pet/vet and even more, Kaufman Container has always excelled at managing the entire project.

Smart, Sustainable Growth

Smart, Sustainable Growth

The Odom Corporation

The Odom Corporation is a premier wholesale distributor of beverages in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. Recently a deal was inked to serve the State of Hawaii. One of the many strengths of the company is its unique expertise in the logistics of serving remote states like Alaska and Hawaii. Business in Focus spoke with its Chief Operating Officer Adam Hilpert.
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The Odom Corporation was founded in 1934 by Milt Odom in Juneau, Alaska. Milt was a salesman of medicinal whiskey, but to be an effective sales person in Alaska at the time, he had to sell a host of different products.

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