August 2017

What Great Camps are Made Of

What Great Camps are Made Of

Ontario Camps Association (OCA)

Camp is where relationships are forged, skills are developed, and individuals have the opportunity to build character and have fun. Camp provides people with a chance to be free, to collaborate, to learn about oneself and the environment. It also happens to be a $500 million industry in the province of Ontario.
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To say Ontario is an ideal location for camping is an understatement. The province’s natural endowments include over 250 000 lakes, more than 100 000 kilometres of rivers, and a balance of unbridled wilderness, serene nature, spectacular vistas, groomed parks, beaches, trails and recreational facilities to take advantage of.

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

Growth and Opportunity in Southern Texas

City of Cibolo, TX

Since 2000, the city of Cibolo, Texas, has grown by 843 percent, from 3,000 people to nearly 30,000. What’s behind the city’s exponential growth? Business in Focus sat down with Mark Luft, Economic Development Director of the City of Cibolo, to learn what’s attracting so many people to this burgeoning city.
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Cibolo is a suburb of San Antonio located in Guadalupe County, a rural county adjacent to the San Antonio metropolitan area.

An Industry Crusader for 25 Years

An Industry Crusader for 25 Years

Jupiter Aluminum

Jupiter Aluminum is a highly innovative aluminum producer with finishing and painting abilities. Its products are proudly American-made with nearly 100% domestically-sourced scrap. It has discovered a process by which aluminum can be produced in a way that is good for output, the company’s bottom line, the industry and the environment.
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Jupiter Aluminum was founded in 1992 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dietrich M. Gross, who set out to grow the company into a reputable market provider. With twenty-five years of quality output and exceptional service, he – and the team behind him – certainly achieved that goal.

Goin’ South

Goin’ South

Select Tool Looks to Open a Mexican Branch

Select Tool, Inc. of Oldcastle, Ontario designs and manufactures fixtures, gauges, and related products, primarily for the automotive sector and offers automation solutions as well. The firm is undergoing rapid growth and is looking to expand its operations into Mexico. Select Tool takes pride in being vertically integrated and capable of handling all stages of a project from design through to machining, assembly and beyond.
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Based in Southern Ontario’s automotive epicentre, Select Tool, Inc. currently occupies three facilities totalling 80,000 square feet.

Made by People, Built with Trust

Made by People, Built with Trust

Dutchland Plastics

Headquartered in Oostburg, Wisconsin, Dutchland Plastics is a leader in rotational molding that has been in operation for half a century.
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Dutchland Plastics was founded on humble beginnings by Bill and Nancy Claerbout in 1967 to manufacture lawn ornaments such as deer and gnomes via molding, filling them with concrete, and painting the finished products. Never shying away from innovation, as the company developed and grew, it began to manufacture products out of polyethylene and engineered resins, servicing a variety of industries, including recreation, marine, construction, industrial, and telecom.

Ohio Cutting Tool Company Gets a Global Boost

Ohio Cutting Tool Company Gets a Global Boost

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools

Last year, SGS Tool Company, a round solid carbide cutting tool manufacturer based in Munroe Falls, Ohio, was acquired by the Kyocera Corporation of Kyoto, Japan which employs around seventy thousand people across 231 group companies. The deal massively expanded the reach of the decades-old firm which is now called Kyocera SGS Precision Tools (KSPT).
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“The Kyocera acquisition has given us many advantages. It seems like we went from being a pretty well-known privately held company with about three hundred employees to being a publically traded global power player overnight,” says Marketing Coordinator Tim Stephens.

Alive and Well and Thriving

Alive and Well and Thriving

The National Tooling and Machine Association

During a worldwide speaking tour well over a century ago, famed American author Mark Twain is said to have responded to rumors that he was gravely ill with one brilliant, succinct line: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” And much like Twain’s untruthful demise, the so-called decline of manufacturing in America has been wildly overblown. The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) is helping to separate truth from fiction and lead the way for strong American manufacturing today and into the future.
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From its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) represents a growing membership of almost 1,300 member companies across the nation. Ninety-eight percent of member companies are privately held family businesses, and any of their employees are welcomed to participate in NTMA activities or services.

Let the Sun Shine In

Let the Sun Shine In

Thermo-Tech Premium Windows and Doors

Thermo-Tech Windows, LLC is on a mission to make and sell the best possible windows and doors on the market. Premium vinyl is the company’s manufacturing material of choice, which it says is superior to wood in durability and energy-efficiency. Thermo-Tech is experiencing a huge growth spurt, with a massive plant expansion and new product line in the works for this year.
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Based in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, Thermo-Tech does not sell directly to contractors or individual consumers. Thermo-Tech’s product line – which includes windows and doors for new construction and replacement applications – is sold at lumber yards and other dealership locations. Most of the firm’s business is done in its home state.

Building the Bridge Back to Work

Building the Bridge Back to Work

Workplace Safety Insurance Board of Ontario

Dealing with workplace injuries can be a devastating and challenging experience for both worker and company. Organizations such as the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario enable workers to receive needed compensation and provide no-fault insurance for employers in the province. As an independent organization of the Ministry of Labour in Ontario, WSIB serves as a bridge to get injured workers back to work and a healthy recovery.
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Established in 1998 after the dissolution of the Worker’s Compensation Board, the WSIB has carried out its vision of becoming the leading workplace compensation board in Canada. The organization is legislated by the Ontario government and is responsible for administering the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA). The WSIB is one of the largest organizations of its kind in North America, providing workplace injury insurance coverage for more than five
million workers and over 300 000 employers across Ontario in nearly every sector of the province’s economy.

A Model that Addresses Infrastructure Demand

A Model that Addresses Infrastructure Demand

Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)

The Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) is a National Union representing over 500 000 members – over 110 000 in Canada with an International Office in Hamilton, Ontario. It has Local Unions across the country and is the most common union of construction, healthcare, waste management, and show service workers in this country. In fact, LiUNA, established in 1903, is Canada’s largest Building Trades Union.
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Infrastructure systems have a pivotal role to play in our country’s productivity, environmental sustainability, competitiveness and, perhaps more importantly, quality of life. The reality is that national development cannot be realized without infrastructure investment. This requires partnerships between the public and private sectors.

A Family Approach to Customer Service for 80 Years

A Family Approach to Customer Service for 80 Years

Richards Supply

Family-owned general line distributor Richards Supply was established in 1937 and has its headquarters in Waco, Texas. The company has three other locations in Texas including one in Temple and two in Fort Worth with an experienced total staff of fifty. As a representative to over five hundred manufacturers, distributing over 500,000 industrial, commercial and contractor products and equipment, the company takes its role seriously.
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For Richards customers, effective supply chain management plays a pivotal role in driving success. A manufacturing company’s inventory is its greatest asset, and the ability to manage that inventory effectively is a good indication of a company’s overall health.

A Model that Addresses Infrastructure Demand

A Model that Addresses Infrastructure Demand

Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)

The Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) is a National Union representing over 500 000 members – over 110 000 in Canada with an International Office in Hamilton, Ontario. It has Local Unions across the country and is the most common union of construction, healthcare, waste management, and show service workers in this country. In fact, LiUNA, established in 1903, is Canada’s largest Building Trades Union.
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Infrastructure systems have a pivotal role to play in our country’s productivity, environmental sustainability, competitiveness and, perhaps more importantly, quality of life. The reality is that national development cannot be realized without infrastructure investment. This requires partnerships between the public and private sectors.

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