May 2016

Making Solar Simple

Making Solar Simple

Grasshopper Solar Corporation

Grasshopper Solar was formed in 2010 as a branch of Grasshopper Energy. The company is one of the most experienced installers of rooftop and ground-mount solar systems in Ontario. It addresses an increasing demand for renewable energy with systems that are designed to perform reliably and are supported by its proprietary, state-of-the-art software. The company’s affordable systems make green energy accessible to everyone.
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Azeem Qureshi, President and CEO of Grasshopper Solar, believes that the price of solar technology should not be prohibitive. His vision is to make it affordable to everyone and that this will then help the environment. Grasshopper has the largest residential solar portfolio in Ontario and through its ‘free solar program’ and continued education is set to flourish.

Transforming an Industry

Transforming an Industry

BCR Environmental

BCR Environmental is transforming the way we manage biosolids and organic wastes. “Our goal is to disrupt the mass market by providing sustainable solutions – defined by economical and environmental sustainability – to the small to medium-sized underserved market,” says President and CEO Aaron F. Zahn.
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With this goal in mind, the Jacksonville, Florida-based company developed groundbreaking new technology to make this goal a reality, shaking up the market in a big way.

In the Heart of Texas

In the Heart of Texas

League City

League City is within the nine-county metropolitan area of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and just a half hour drive from Houston, the most populous city in the State of Texas. The city sits at the former site of a Karankawa Indian village, and the rich history of League City lives on today through its 95,000 residents and its many attractions.
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League City continues in the tradition of the hard-working, entrepreneurial farmers from Italy, who moved to the area many years ago. Today, their spirit and dedication are reflected in League City’s diverse and flourishing economy, which blends traditional businesses with new and emerging industries and technologies.

Growing Fast, Growing Smart

Menifee, California is a city in southwestern Riverside County and part of the Los Angeles combined statistical area. It is currently one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. An enormous amount of activity is underway, with every major Interchange under renovation, new town centers and markets under construction and even a new...

Balancing Business and Life

Balancing Business and Life

The City of Vacaville, California

The City of Vacaville lies almost midway between the state capital city of Sacramento and San Francisco along Interstate 80 in northern California’s lush Solano County. Vacaville has a rich and storied history going back over 160 years to 1851. In that year, Juan Manuel Vaca – who had arrived in California a decade earlier – sold his share of a Mexican land grant to William McDaniel, with a condition: that one square mile of the township would be designated ‘Vacaville.’
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Vacaville was incorporated as a city in 1892 and soon emerged as a prime growing region. With summer temperatures averaging 94 degrees Fahrenheit and mild winters, the area was perfect for large-scale agricultural production.

A Culture of Growth

A Culture of Growth

Peterborough & the Kawarthas, ON

In the early part of the twentieth century, Peterborough, Ontario – 90 minutes northeast of Toronto – was a manufacturing town that was home to hundreds of industries. Thousands of people worked at General Electric, Quaker Oats, Peterborough Canoe, farm equipment manufacturer Alfa-Laval, Purity Packaging, popcorn manufacturer Poppycock, timepiece manufacturer Westclox, woollen mill Whitaker’s, Outboard Marine.
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Today, while General Electric and Quaker Oats (QTG, a division of PepsiCo), remain key players in the local economy, the region’s businesses continue to evolve, grow and adapt to the changing market forces, as has Peterborough & the Kawarthas as a whole.

The Crossroads of Opportunity

The Crossroads of Opportunity

Village of New Lenox, IL

Ideally located in Will County approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago, the Village of New Lenox, Illinois, possesses a growing population with great proximity and potential. In fact, given its logistical assets, dynamic community and progressive leadership, New Lenox has established itself as the crossroads of opportunity.
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Traditionally a bedroom community, New Lenox is shedding that identity to become a growing center for retail, entertainment and hospitality, as well as a destination for healthcare services. New Lenox is fully leveraging its assets to become a retail and commercial center and a vibrant community that boasts an exceptional quality of life.

Moving Toward Sustainability in the Hub of the North

Moving Toward Sustainability in the Hub of the North

City of Thompson, MB

Thompson, Manitoba is a city that acknowledges its potential and is seizing opportunities to further its recognition as the Hub of the North for serving as a trade and service centre in northern Manitoba. The city provides services to communities within a radius of over four hundred kilometres.
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An essential determinant of a city’s long-term sustainability and resilience to a changing economic climate is the ability to diversify – to build upon recognizable pillars of strength and explore current and emerging opportunities for economic growth. A diversified economy has more potential for employment growth, which in turn leads to favourable perceptions about a community’s liveability and its quality of life.

Creating Success in Indiana

Creating Success in Indiana

Noble County, IN

Noble County, Indiana, is committed to growth. “We are creating an environment that is very pro-business,” says Rick Sherck, Executive Director of Noble County Economic Development Corporation. “We are looking to help our current industries with growth opportunities, by creating a climate of collaboration between industry, education, and the elected officials of the county as a whole.”
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A low cost of living and doing business combined with the county’s Midwestern location creates an ideal atmosphere for growth. In addition to Northeast Indiana’s regional population of 750,000, Noble County is centrally located in the Great Lakes region with easy access to major markets and a diverse workforce. Indianapolis is just two hours away, while Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Cincinnati are all a three hour drive away.

Room to Grow

Room to Grow

LaGrange County, IN

The rolling hills and farmland of LaGrange County in Northern Indiana are well-known to tourists for the large Amish population, but this area fifty-five miles east of South Bend and forty-five miles north of Fort Wayne has much more to offer. We spoke to LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Ryne Krock, to find out more.
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LaGrange County was one of the last counties in Indiana to create an economic development corporation, as it was only founded in 2009. There was a great deal of economic activity taking place here, but there was also a lack of business support for entrepreneurs, prospective businesses and existing entities. Goals included the retention and expansion of existing companies and attraction of new ones. At the time, there were not many community development related organizations in the county or its towns.

Small but Mighty

Small but Mighty

Huntington County, IN

With a population just over 35,000 people in an area of 384 square miles, Huntington County is small but mighty. The county boasts a multitude of assets and as a result is a great opportunity as a great place to live, work and invest.
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Located in the heart of the Great Lakes, Huntington County’s location offers ready access to infrastructure and larger markets across the state, the nation and the globe. The county is ideally positioned between the large metropolitan centers of Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and Louisville, each of which is within a few hours’ drive. As such, Huntington County enjoys the services and amenities of these larger centers while maintaining its unique small community flavor.

Where Business and Community Meet

Where Business and Community Meet

EDC of Wayne County, IN

Wayne County, Indiana has everything needed to advance the development goals as laid out by its economic development corporation. We spoke with Valerie Shaffer, President of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County (EDCWC), to learn more. She says that the two main focuses of the EDCWC are to draw companies and businesses to the county and provide support to its existing business base.
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Prior to its inception in 1993, economic development in Wayne County was the result of the combined efforts of the local Chamber of Commerce and business professionals in the private sector to promote the area. A few leaders within that group felt the need to organize an EDC that would be solely focused on marketing the assets outside of Wayne County as well as to support existing business base.

Growing Success

Growing Success

City of Lafayette, IN

Since Business in Focus profiled the city one year ago, Lafayette, Indiana, has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. “We were doing well last year, but we have really grown tremendously since then,” says Dennis Carson, Economic Development Director for the City of Lafayette.
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“We have a lot of businesses that are making major expansions and we have more businesses looking at Lafayette than we ever have before. There is a tremendous amount of economic development activity going on and it has spurred other things, from hotels to downtown developments, to additional housing.”

Taking Utilities into the Twenty-First Century

Taking Utilities into the Twenty-First Century

Westin Engineering

Westin works to improve the performance of water, wastewater, gas, and electric utilities throughout North America. The California based consulting engineering company guides utility providers through the maze of available information and operation technology, helping them to implement practical, innovative, and cost saving solutions for their business challenges. From mission-critical, core business operations to asset management and customer service, Westin’s suite of IT consulting and automation/SCADA engineering services can handle it all.
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“Utilities are public sector agencies –– and in today’s world, with the economic realities and cost of aging infrastructure, they need to operate as efficiently as possible,” President Doug Spiers points out. “The use of technology enables them to enhance their operations, redefine their business processes, put powerful tools in the hands of their employees, and serve their customers much better. The technology is simply an enabler to optimize their entire performance and improve their business processes.”

50 Years of Innovation

This year marks CLIMAX Portable Machine & Welding Systems’ fiftieth year in business. The pioneer and trendsetter in portable machining technology is currently expanding into new markets and is bringing out four to five new products this year. ~ The company has a highly-trained workforce with equally skilled and efficient after-sales support. We...

Quality Manufacturing for over 40 Years

Quality Manufacturing for over 40 Years

Mayer Industries

Mayer Industries is an industry-leading machine manufacturer that is known worldwide. Mayer Industries’ custom parts, machines, contract manufacturing, service and engineering are second to none, and it plays a significant role in the automotive, aerospace, energy and textile manufacturing markets it serves.
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Though Mayer Industries USA was founded in 1970, the company’s history and experience dates to 1905. Mayer’s parent company, Mayer & Cie in Albstadt Germany, was first formed in 1905 as a mechanical engineering workshop. Their first export order was a Circular Loopwheel Knitting machine to Romania in 1918. Since then, Mayer & Cie has grown to build Circular Knitting Machinery for world-wide distribution.

Expanding… Carefully

Expanding… Carefully

HAHN Automation

HAHN Automation, Inc.’s motto, “German engineering made in America,” is a reflection of the Hebron, Kentucky-based company’s German roots, international outlook and craftsman’s pride. It is a combination that has proven popular; HAHN is looking at double-digit growth in 2016 and recently opened a branch in Mexico.
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A full-service systems integrator, HAHN Automation specializes in automated assembly solutions for manufacturing clients. The company can design, build and install everything from simple manual workstations to fully automated assembly and inspection lines.

Tough Vessels for Demanding Uses

Tough Vessels for Demanding Uses

Dixon’s Marine Group

Known worldwide for its spectacular scenery, nature trails, friendly faces and warm hospitality, historic Nova Scotia is, and always will be, connected to the sea…
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Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and abundant with a rich range of fish and shellfish like haddock, herring, lobsters, crabs, and scallops, the province is heavily dependent on boating; boating is as vital to the local economy as oxygen is to life. And few companies realize the importance of boating to Nova Scotians as much as Dixon’s Marine Group 2000 Inc.

Manufactured Quality

Manufactured Quality

TruFast

TruFast is a well-known and highly-regarded brand of fastener for the commercial roofing and structural insulated panel markets. TruFast provides consistent quality, industry-leading products and world-class customer service.
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Since 1981, TruFast has been in pursuit of setting the industry standard as it made better-performing commercial roofing fasteners for low slope roofing systems. Over time, it expanded its product range beyond commercial roofing fasteners and accessories to include engineered fastening solutions for attaching structural insulated panels and nail base panels, log home and timber frame construction and foundry screws.

Central Florida’s Full-Service Construction Solution

Central Florida’s Full-Service Construction Solution

NuJak Companies

Located in Lakeland, Nujak Companies is one of Central Florida’s leading full-service construction and commercial real estate companies. Founded in 1992, the company boasts nearly a quarter century of experience across four primary disciplines: construction, real estate brokerage, property management and real estate development.
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Each division operates with a high degree of autonomy, complementing each other to create a unified, fully diversified organization that is capable of providing a complete range of services to a variety of clients.

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