May 2017

Delivering Excellence

Delivering Excellence

Argus Carriers, Ltd.

When Jamil Murji departed from his career in the world of finance, he sought to satisfy his entrepreneurial spirit by finding a market that would show promise long into the future. “Everything needs to be moved on a truck. If you look back at 2013, why I entered this industry was that ten percent of the economy is logistics,” noted Murji. Whether by rail, marine, air, highway transportation or warehousing, “everything has to move.”
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In 2013, Murji set out to identify viable market opportunities. He wanted to purchase an already successful company and use its reputation to sustain him in this new endeavour. He came across Abbotsford-based Inter-Urban Delivery Service which enjoyed a niche market in hospital deliveries and cross-border aerospace deliveries. This is where he began to learn about the prospects in logistics, which led him and an investment group to acquire the company from its retiring owner.

Global Supply Chain Solutions

Global Supply Chain Solutions

MES

MES, Inc. delivers complete supply chain management solutions that allow North American OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to outsource the entire manufacturing process. The Columbus, Ohio-based business maintains offices in China, India, and Mexico, giving the company easy access to high quality manufacturers.
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MES Inc.’s services have become more valuable than ever as mass customization sweeps through the manufacturing world. “Mass customization has been an irreversible trend across most of the industries,” says MES President and founder Hiten Shah. “Most of the OEMs in construction, trucking, agriculture and automotive industries have had to come up with an explosion of new products and product versions,” usually referred to as ‘long tail’ products. “This complexity has led to supply chain directors struggling with a mix of components which have short life cycle, lower volumes and unpredictable demand patterns.”

Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

Hi-Way 13 Transport

The philosophy of Hi-Way 13 Transport Ltd. is simple: “logistics is about going the extra mile.” While other companies see logistics as mere transportation, Hi-Way 13 considers it to be about hauling freight seamlessly, and focusing on employees and customers. This is an Alberta-based general freight truck loading company and oilfield specialty carrier, also providing heated warehousing and outside oilfield pipe storage.
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The founders of Hi-way 13, Tom and Fred O’Riordan, both enjoyed helping others and serving the public, which translated into their business as well. When launching their family-run transportation business in 1957, they focused on connecting with customers and establishing fulfilling partnerships. After Tom passed on, Fred bought his brother’s share and continued to run Hi-Way 13, and today Tom and Fred’s children are running the company.

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

Driverless Vehicles

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It’s the only way to live
In cars.
-Gary Numan, Cars
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While debate remains to this day over who invented the automobile, there is no disputing just how much the invention has changed our lives. Its early days span from Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci back in the 15th century to Germany’s Karl Friedrich Benz, a mechanical engineer who, in 1885, built what is considered the world’s first practical automobile. With over 100,000 patents taken out over the years on what would become the modern automobile, early designs for powering the vehicle include steam, electric, and gasoline.

North Carolina’s Trusted Dealership

North Carolina’s Trusted Dealership

Paramount Automotive Group

Paramount Automotive Group of North Carolina offers a range of automobiles with impeccable service that customers can trust. From function to performance, the needs and wants of the buyer are always the top priority.
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Paramount Automotive Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer Benny Yount has always had a passion for cars and has built a career around them. From a modest beginning as a one-man operation to the present, Yount has built a legacy by staying true to his values and putting in hard work and long hours.

Total Recall

Total Recall

The New Standard in Automotive Quality?

Each day, millions of vehicles with potentially dangerous defects are travelling on highways and roads. It is estimated that one in six vehicles in Canada have an outstanding safety recall. These vehicles carry our friends, our families, our coworkers and community members.
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Recalls are becoming all too common, having increased significantly in number over the past decade, and consumers are becoming desensitized to them. Be it food recalls, product safety recalls, medicine recalls, or one of the most common of them all, automotive recalls, consumers have come to expect the recalls which are shaping consumer culture.

Where Quality of Life Meets Opportunity for Business

Where Quality of Life Meets Opportunity for Business

Town of Garner, NC

Garner, North Carolina is an example of a town that is on the move, and for good reason. It has a population of close to 30,000 people and lies within Wake County, ideally situated less than ten minutes from Raleigh, making it convenient to urban amenities, but still affordable.
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The Town of Garner is at the intersection of I-40 and Highway 70, eight minutes from downtown Raleigh and twenty minutes from Raleigh/Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park, one of the biggest research parks in the world. It is also thirty minutes from 12 universities and colleges, three of which are top-tier research universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.

A Great Place to Grow

A Great Place to Grow

Mooresville-South Iredell & Statesville Regional Development

Iredell County, with a population of approximately 160,000, is a welcoming community located in North Carolina. No more than a couple of hours away from both the ocean and the mountains, it may appear small, but its close proximity to a major metro market makes it a very diverse area, full of opportunities for families and businesses to grow.
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With more than 40 miles separating its northern and southern borders, Iredell County, with expansive and unique geography, allows companies to choose a location that best meets their needs. Whether it’s within an easy drive to “Uptown” Charlotte, NC or Charlotte Douglas International Airport or on the shores of beautiful Lake Norman, Iredell County can accommodate just about every requirement.

Over Three Centuries of History

Over Three Centuries of History

Natchitoches, LA

Founded by the French over three hundred years ago, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and predates the founding of New Orleans in May of 1718 by four years.
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Natchitoches, Louisiana has a unique charm that strikes a balance between its storied past and its future, making it truly unlike any other city in Louisiana. The City of Natchitoches contains charming and stately homes dating back the eighteenth century, and its well-maintained National Historic Landmark District encompasses thirty-three blocks.

A Premiere Location for Development and Growth

A Premiere Location for Development and Growth

St. Mary Parish, LA

St. Mary Parish is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Multi-modal transportation avenues and 660 miles of navigable inland waterways make this an ideal place for the shipping, fabrication and fishing industries. Situated between New Orleans and Lafayette, this area has grown from an agricultural base to a mix of agriculture and industry.
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It is said that St. Mary Parish contains some of the most productive workers in the world. A new power construction project, worth $130 million, is underway, and the area is also touted for its marine services. We spoke with Frank Fink, director of economic development for the parish and Dean Anthony Baham, dean at South Central Louisiana Technical College.

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

Jeff Davis Parish, LA

Jefferson Davis Parish was founded in 1912 and encompasses 659 square miles containing the five incorporated towns of Elton, Fenton, Welsh, Jennings (the parish seat) and Lake Arthur.
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Across America, the picturesque beauty of some locations naturally lends itself to the arts, as scenes beg to be painted, photographed, sketched or captured in any number of ways. In the southern state of Louisiana, one of the most celebrated is Jefferson Davis Parish, named after the president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War of 1861-1865.

Step into Cajun Country!

Step into Cajun Country!

Allen Parish

The Allen Parish Tourist Commission welcomes all to Allen Parish to take part in the unique culture of Cajun Country and have a true Southern Louisiana experience. The population of Allen Parish is approximately 24,000, with Oakdale as the largest city, which has about 8,000 residents.
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Allen Parish, Louisiana is a large rural area that is known for its farming, hunting, fishing – and also for having 56,000 acres of rice that is planted each year. Approximately 15,000 of these acres have a second crop of crawfish, and these locally grown crawfish are sold in Allen Parish to locals, visitors, and local restaurants.

Where Ideas Become Reality

Where Ideas Become Reality

Vermilion Parish, LA

Located in South Central Acadiana, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana has been dubbed the “most Cajun place on earth.” The Cajun way of life has certainly influenced the history, culture and flavor of Vermilion Parish, but the community’s diversity – be it cultural, economic or social – is its greatest asset.
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Vermilion Parish is finding new ways to take advantage of its many assets. Stakeholders are coming together to promote growth, secure opportunity and develop potential that will help its 60,000 people for years to come. These goals cannot be achieved in the absence of collaboration, and many influential parties have come together in Vermilion Parish to see to it that economic and community visions come to life. At the heart of this is the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance (EDA) which was established in July, 2014.

One of Louisiana’s Fastest Growing Parishes

One of Louisiana’s Fastest Growing Parishes

Tangipahoa, LA

Tangipahoa takes its name from an Acolapissa word meaning ‘those who gather corn.’ But these days the parish is gathering a lot more than corn. Instead it’s gathering high-tech industries and major distribution centers on industry-ready sites 40+ feet above sea level, and offering residents and visitors “more fairs and festivals than anywhere in the world.”
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Louisiana’s Governor, John Bel Edwards, who hails from Tangipahoa Parish, is a Democrat. Congressmen Steve Scalise and Ralph Abraham who represent the 1st and 5th Congressional districts, which include parts of Tangipahoa Parish, are Republicans. But when it comes to doing business, politics makes no difference, according to Parish President, Charles Robert (Robby) Miller, Jr., elected in January 2016.

Strengthening and Supporting Local Business

Strengthening and Supporting Local Business

St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF)

Recently, Business in Focus spoke with Chief Executive Officer Brenda Bertus and Development Director Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation (STEDF) to learn more about this rapidly growing, diverse, and business-friendly parish and how its focus on people and place has created a community that is ripe for business opportunity.
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Located close to New Orleans, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, St. Tammany offers wide-ranging opportunities for both businesses and people. As one of the fastest-growing parishes in the state, St. Tammany is attractive to businesses because of its prime location – three interstates and a rail line pass through the parish – as well as its top-rated school system and high-quality healthcare facilities. St. Tammany is also home to a vibrant art and cultural scene in addition to its natural beauty.

The Bayou State

The Bayou State

Louisiana Economic Development

What’s not to love in Louisiana? Everything from the infectious southern hospitality to the music, a history rich in Creole and Cajun culture, festivals, and the great outdoors are just some of the things that make the state both enticing and endearing for those who live there or simply visit.
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Everything about Louisiana is the personification of gaiety, adventure and a deep-rooted passion for not only living but thriving. The Pelican State, Bayou State and the Child of the Mississippi are just some nicknames given to Louisiana, which became the nation’s eighteenth state in 1812.

Becoming A Premier City

Becoming A Premier City

City of Fayetteville, GA

Fayetteville, Georgia, is a historic Southern city that is growing and embracing new development. A vibrant downtown area and investments by the entertainment industry are fueling the city’s growth.
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The City of Fayetteville, Georgia’s vision is “to become a premier city by enhancing the quality of life of residents through effective and efficient service delivery, smart growth development, and exciting economic and recreational opportunities.”

Where the Midnight Sun Burns Bright

Where the Midnight Sun Burns Bright

Town of Inuvik, NT

Located in the Land of the Midnight Sun, in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the town of Inuvik draws visitors from around the world who are fascinated by its rugged beauty and many unique charms. For those seeking a truly unique adventure, the town and surrounding areas have plenty to offer during both winter and summer seasons.
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The Northwest Territories occupies almost thirteen percent of the nation’s entire landmass, some 519,743 square miles, and boasts some of the most remarkable landscapes on earth. The varied scenery in and around the Town of Inuvik is a huge attraction for visitors young and old, families with children and the outdoor-minded.

An Educational and Economic Hub in the Everglades

An Educational and Economic Hub in the Everglades

Town of Davie, FL

Davie is a thriving community based in what was, just a little over a century ago, unsettled Florida wilderness. Currently enjoying a major growth spurt, the town’s highly educated residents live in a region abounding in quality post-secondary schools and a breadth of economic development activity.
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Located in Broward County, the Town of Davie, Florida has “a small town feeling” and an appealing blend of rural and urban traits, says Assistant Town Administrator Phillip R. Holste. While Davie originated as an agricultural community and still boasts ample green space, it is also home to the South Florida Education Center. The Center represents five colleges and universities in the Davie-area—Florida Atlantic University, McFatter Technical College, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Florida, and Broward College.

Connecticut’s Most Affordable City

Connecticut’s Most Affordable City

City of Shelton , CT

Shelton, Connecticut is making headlines for its low cost of living. “We are the most affordable place in Connecticut,” says Mayor Mark Lauretti. “And we are consistently and historically affordable. When you don’t raise your taxes for eight years, or your mil rates either stay the same or go down 19 years out of the past 26 years, I’d say you’re pretty consistent, pretty predictable.”
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Zippia agrees. The career advice guru ranked Shelton the number one most successful city in Connecticut. To determine the state’s most successful cities, Zippia used three criteria collected from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey: poverty level, median household income, and unemployment rate.

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