July 2016

Over 50 Years of Quality

Over 50 Years of Quality

VP Supply Corp

VP Supply Corporation in Rochester, NY is a premier supplier of parts to industries ranging from plumbing, heating and air conditioning, kitchens and baths to renewable energy. VP Supply Corporation was purchased in March of 1965 by Marv Miler and Elliot Curwin as a single location wholesale plumbing supplier. In 1987, it moved to its current headquarters in The Design Center in Henrietta New York, where builders and contractors can come to purchase materials from multiple trade disciplines.
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In 1997, Elliot Curwin’s sons Gary and Louis agreed to purchase the company from Marv Miller. They, along with Gary Perkins, took over leadership and have since expanded the business to fifteen branches. VP has been in operation for over fifty years thanks in part to its many repeat clients. We spoke with Jay Didas, VP Supply’s Director of Renewable Energy, to find out more.

Go With the Best

Go With the Best

Kimball Midwest

Kimball Midwest’s roots go back almost 100 years, and it remains one of the most-recognized national distributors of products for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) across the United States.
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A key player in the industrial maintenance marketplace, the company (Midwest Motor Supply Company which does business as Kimball Midwest) has grown significantly over the decades. Today, the Ohio-based business has over 1,300 full-time employees with a vast array of skill sets, and it continues to expand.

Global Reach with a Local Focus

Global Reach with a Local Focus

Hawker Pacific Aerospace

Over more than half a century, Hawker Pacific Aerospace has established itself as a leading independent international maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for Landing Gears. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG since 2002, Hawker Pacific has a multitude of advantages derived from the global footprint of Lufthansa Technik while providing exceptional local services from its California headquarters.
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Hawker Pacific is specialized in the maintenance of Landing Gears, associated hydraulic components and engine nacelles. Boasting 234,000 square feet across the nine buildings at its Sun Valley headquarters, Hawker Pacific has the resources, the technical abilities and the knowledge to accommodate a wide range of aircraft.

Good Taste with a Twist

Good Taste with a Twist

Kolache Factory

Kolache Factory has taken an age old Czech delicacy and given it an American twist. Some of the traditional flavors still reside here, but imagination is what fuels this organization. We spoke with a very excited Director of Franchise Sales Aaron Nielsen and Vice President Dawn Nielsen.
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Kolaches are soft, rich yeast dough pastries with a depression in the middle that has traditionally been filled with poppy seeds and fruits such as plums. I am Czech and grew up knowing and loving Czech food. The dough is the hero here and it is so versatile that you can put just about anything in it. One of the latest varieties is the sausage and gravy kolache, which makes me wish that Kolache Factory was in Canada!

Sustainable and Healthy

Sustainable and Healthy

Ice River Springs

Established in 1995, Ice River Springs has grown significantly to become one of the largest water bottling companies in North America. A family-owned operation, Ice River Springs has been built upon the values of environmental stewardship, innovation and an ethical business model that offers consumers a high-quality and healthy bottled water beverage at a great value.
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Ice River Springs was founded by husband and wife team Jamie and Sandy Gott, farmers who saw an opportunity to break into the bottled water market. Spring water was a component of their fish farming operations, and it seemed like a natural extension of their business plan. The Gotts doubled their water business every year in the first three years of operation and continued to grow at a rapid pace.

A True American Hometown

A True American Hometown

City of Kaysville, UT

Kaysville is a city in Davis County, Utah that was settled by Mormon pioneers. This city sits between Salt Lake and Ogden, but the country feel and small-town spirit are not hampered by its large neighbors. Rather, it has an optimal location with great outdoor recreational activities, a fantastic park system, access to education and training and a highly skilled workforce.
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One of the major draws to the area is its Fourth of July parade, which is considered one of the best in the country. We spoke with Mayor Steve A. Hiatt to find out more…

Four Seasons and Many Reasons to Choose Cottonwood Heights

Four Seasons and Many Reasons to Choose Cottonwood Heights

City of Cottonwood Heights, UT

Cottonwood Heights is a full-service community with a great deal of potential. Many reasons draw businesses, residents and visitors to Utah’s newest city. Cottonwood Heights has created an environment in which business can thrive, that has an exceptional quality of life and has a clear vision for the future. All of this is tied together by the pristine natural beauty and convenience of the location.
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Cottonwood Heights is nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountain Range, at the gateway to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. The city offers breathtaking vistas and a variety of outdoor activities such as golf, biking, skiing and hiking that tremendously contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by both visitors and its population of over 34,000. The location is just one of the city’s many assets that foster and support the development of a vibrant community and strong economy.

America’s Fastest Growing Community

America’s Fastest Growing Community

Cumming/Forsyth County, GA

Forsyth County, Georgia is in the midst of a population explosion. Located along the scenic shores of Lake Lanier, the affluent Atlanta suburb is one of the fastest growing areas in America…
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“We are currently adding 1,000 new homes to Forsyth County each month,” says Robert Long, Vice President of Economic Development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. At this rate, the county’s population will skyrocket from 220,000 to nearly half a million by 2040. “In 25 years we are expected to double our population. We are in growth mode.”

Where the Future Looks Bright

Where the Future Looks Bright

City of Edgewater, FL

Located in southeast Volusia County, Edgewater is an IntraCoastal waterfront community, adjacent to the Indian River and the renowned Mosquito Lagoon with 21,000 acres of sports fishing paradise and a haven for nature tours. The lagoon is also the site for the Kennedy Space Center.
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Thirty years ago, social psychologists David McMillian and David Chavis formulated a theory about the power of communities. In essence, their theory postulates that a sense of community is derived from an emotional connectedness to a region – a feeling of belonging – with a shared faith that all needs and visions for the future will be realized and commitment to making that happen. It is this sense of connectedness that proves crucial for attaining healthy communities – communities that offer an unrivaled quality of life.

Laying the Foundations

Laying the Foundations

Town of Erie, CO

Picture a sunrise in the mountains with clear skies and a host of multicolored hot air balloons dotting the area. What a beautifully serene way to start the day…
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Erie, Colorado is a place that is seeing growth on many levels for good reason. The last frontier of Denver area expansion is growing at a great pace and has all the infrastructure in place to accommodate that expansion. Business in Focus spoke with Erie’s Economic Development Coordinator Paula Mehle and Erie Economic Development Council representative Amy Tallent.

Rebranded and Redefined

Rebranded and Redefined

The Village of Mundelein, IL

The Village of Mundelein packs a big punch for a community of its size. Rich in history and showing great promise for the future, Mundelein has rebranded and redefined itself. By leveraging its evolving economic base and fostering an exceptional quality of life, the village offers the services and amenities to support business, residents and visitors alike.
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The Village of Mundelein has embarked on a very exciting period of growth. Through strong leadership, the village is making significant investments in redefining itself to reflect the changes of the community. Today, Mundelein’s Brand Promise asserts that, “Mundelein will be Central Lake County’s premier location for entrepreneurs and known as a welcoming community,” and this promise is the foundation upon which strategic and business development decisions are made.

Bustling and Business-Friendly

Bustling and Business-Friendly

Orange County, TX

According to local lore, Orange County, Texas acquired its name from native orange groves that attracted the attention of boatmen as they navigated the Sabine River, which marks the eastern boundary of the county. Today, Orange County is a bustling place of roughly 83,000 people located in southeastern Texas, right against the border with Louisiana. The county is renowned for chemical manufacturing, ship-building, fishing tournaments, ecotourism and an enviably low cost of living.
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Jessica Hill, executive director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, wants people to know, “that we are ready to move forward. That we’re open for business … we have over 6,000 acres of land that’s developable. We have transportation infrastructure. We’re strategically located on the Gulf Coast. We have cultural opportunities and family-oriented opportunities that families can take advantage of throughout the year.”

Best Rural County in Texas

Best Rural County in Texas

Matagorda County, TX

The Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is working hard to attract new industries and commercial businesses to county. The group also is working to expand the agriculture sector as well as established local businesses and tourist infrastructure.
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Matagorda County wants to be the “best rural community in Texas,” in the words of Heather Menzies, director of communication for the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). While other communities in Texas might claim they deserve this title, there’s no denying that Matagorda County enjoys some distinct advantages. Located on the sunny Texas Gulf Coast midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi, Matagorda boasts a laid-back ambiance, lush agriculture, a rich historical heritage, ample land to expand and an eager group of civic boosters.

Where Business & Technology Meets the Front Porch of the Texas Hill Country

Where Business & Technology Meets the Front Porch of the Texas Hill Country

Bulverde/Spring Branch EDF

When San Antonio began creeping north into the surrounding hill country, the rural residents of western Comal County decided to take action. The City of Bulverde—also known as the “Front Porch of the Texas Hill CountryTM”—incorporated as a City in the late 1990s and early 2000s to prevent San Antonio from annexing and encompassing the area…
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Even though Bulverde was formed to help stop the spread of San Antonio’s urban sprawl, the community does not shun development—they just want it to be quality development. “The City of Bulverde is on the right path to well-planned, managed growth,” says Sherry Mosier, President of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Economic Development Foundation (BSBEDF). “The City of Bulverde has a streamlined development and permitting process with a reasonable turnaround time, unlike some of the larger metropolitan areas. They understand time is money, but most importantly, they want to ensure we attract and keep good quality businesses.”

A Resilient Texan County on the Move

A Resilient Texan County on the Move

Lamar County, TX

Lamar County, Texas has endured its share of natural disasters and always come back strong. In addition to resilient residents, the county—located in northern Texas against the border with Oklahoma—boasts a bustling agricultural and manufacturing sector. Lamar also features ample recreational opportunities. Paris, the county seat, has a 65-foot high replica of the Eiffel Tower in honor of the city’s namesake, but topped with a red cowboy hat.
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“We’re very fortunate to have a low cost of living here. There are lots of nice amenities and beautiful communities. There are good people,” states Ken Higdon, president and CEO of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. The low cost of living in Lamar is shown in median house prices of $100,000.

A Texas Miracle

A Texas Miracle

Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County

Hopkins County, which includes the town of Sulphur Springs, is a rural community located along the second busiest freight highway in the state of Texas, about halfway between Dallas and Arkansas. A positive business climate and strong economy—even throughout the recession—has made the community a prime example of the “Texas Miracle.”
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The dairy industry has always been foundational to the local economy. “We are the Dairy Capital of Texas,” says Roger Feagley, Executive Director of the Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County EDC. The abundance of milk naturally led to a booming milk processing industry, which paved the way for a successful food processing industry throughout Hopkins County.

A Slice of Americana

A Slice of Americana

Gainesville, TX

Gainesville, Texas combines small town living with all the amenities of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “It is a great place to raise a family,” says Arleene Loyd, Director of Gainesville Economic Development Corporation (GEDC). You are out of the traffic jams in the major metropolitan areas, but you are close enough to enjoy those amenities.”
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Gainesville is located in horse country, and equestrian farms dot the countryside. (Exaggerator, the Thoroughbred that took first place in the 2016 Preakness Stakes and second in the Kentucky Durby, has ties to Gainesville.) The idyllic backdrop of ranches and open countryside sets the stage for a classic, all American lifestyle. “It is a slice of Americana. We were voted Most Patriotic Small Town in America in 2012 by Rand McNally and we are the only Medal of Honor host city in the United States. Every year we bring the Medal of Honor recipients to Gainesville and honor them.” Home to Camp Howze during WWII, Gainesville boasts military roots that help drive the community’s patriotism.

Where Opportunities Abound

Where Opportunities Abound

Texas, USA

‘Wide Open for Business’ pretty much says it all when considering the state of Texas’ unique offerings to the international market. Indeed, Texas is a national leader not only for creating one-quarter of all jobs in the United States since 2005 but for its ability to outshine the competition on many levels.
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The Texas story is as big as its wide open skies and the state itself. The state is generating interest on a global scale for its proactive strategic approach to doing business. And this approach is working. Texas is home to five of America’s eleven fastest growing cities, approximately 50 Fortune 500 company headquarters and 2.4 million small businesses.

Building from a Solid Foundation

Building from a Solid Foundation

Jefferson County Development Council

Nestled in the unspoiled forests and scenic mountains of the Pennsylvania Wilds region, Jefferson County is a tourism mecca with a solid manufacturing base. “Overall, the largest industry in the county is manufacturing,” says Brad Lashinsky, Executive Director of Jefferson County Development Council. “It makes up 23.6 percent of our industry, which provides us a solid foundation on which to grow and operate.”
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The county’s booming tourism sector ensures that the economy remains sufficiently diverse. “We have a lot of tourism and recreation opportunities. Last year alone Jefferson County generated over $115 million in annual revenue with recreation and tourism. It makes Jefferson County a great place to live, work, and play.”

Exceptional Offerings through Thoughtful Development

Exceptional Offerings through Thoughtful Development

Pike County, PA

There is a great deal to be said about Pike County, Pennsylvania, and there is even more to be experienced. Pike County is the birthplace of the American conservation movement; it is rich in history, bountiful in nature and offers a quality of life that is unmatched anywhere in the region.
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Pike County is 550 square miles of rural county with one-third of the land committed to conservation. This has been designated as National Park Service lands, state parks and nature facilities. The county also enjoys the largest network of waterfalls in the Northeast United States.

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