November 2018

The Supply Chain Management Company that has Hit the Ground Running

The Supply Chain Management Company that has Hit the Ground Running

RD Logistics

Setting up a new business isn’t easy in any industry, and supply chain management is no different. But when RD Logistics was founded in the Cincinnati, Ohio area in August of 2014, it took off at lightning speed. In the four years since, the company has grown by an exponential 2000 percent.
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When asked about how the company was able to achieve such a high growth rate in a short amount of time, Vice President Charles Tracy says, “Early wins with a large sister account helped get us stabilized and build our model up and out; other smaller and larger accounts followed.”

Custom Furniture that is Just Right for You

Custom Furniture that is Just Right for You

EQ3 Furniture

EQ3, established by Peter Tielmann in 2001, grew out of Palliser Furniture Upholstery Ltd., Canada’s largest residential furniture manufacturer and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. EQ3 is a vertically-integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells furniture in its fourteen branded retail stores in Canada and the U.S. and on line in both Canada and the U.S.
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Says Mark Letain, company president, “Our name, EQ3, stands for emotional quotient, and it references how people interact with their three-dimensional living space. We feel there’s a strong emotional energy that goes into a decision to purchase furniture, more than when people buy appliances like washers and dryers. We eat from it, sleep on it, lounge on it, and interact with it in ways you don’t with other household items,” he shares.

Premium Quality Pressure-Treated Lumber

Premium Quality Pressure-Treated Lumber

Madison Wood Preservers

Madison Wood Preservers of Madison, Virginia packs a mighty punch. This powerful mid-sized wholesale supplier and pioneer of top-quality, pressure-treated lumber leaves even big competitors in the dust.
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Madison Wood Preservers was even featured on the television show ‘World’s Greatest!…’ in 2016. Here, the company ensures that it buys lumber only from high-quality producing mills, after which the wood is treated with eco-friendly preservatives in large, high-pressure chambers.

Achieving 35 Years of Success through Specialty Products Extending the Life of Lubricants

Achieving 35 Years of Success through Specialty Products Extending the Life of Lubricants

Des-Case

Des-Case provides an array of solutions that protect the health and cleanliness of lubricants from contaminants in many applications including gearboxes, hydraulic reservoirs, pumps, and turbines. Its products protect and clean the lubricant throughout its entire lifecycle – from storage and handling, to modifying and sealing equipment and condition monitoring while in use.
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The Des-Case service team provides training and assists maintenance professionals in creating and maintaining a lubrication program.

Over 35 Years of Heavy-Duty Protection

Over 35 Years of Heavy-Duty Protection

USI Insurance Services

Since the dawn of man, humanity has understood safety in numbers. As the jungle out there is now mainly made of concrete, this sentiment holds especially true when searching for an insurance company who genuinely and fully understands its field.
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Construction is challenging, and protecting your company against accident-related liability even more so. Finding an insurer who understands the industry’s pressures sufficiently to be entrusted with the responsibility of insurance can be a daunting task. USI Insurance Services not only understands the construction business better than most, but it also tailors its coverage to suit business needs based on the scope and exposure of individual projects.

Are You Wired for IIoT?

Are You Wired for IIoT?

LAPP

To keep moving, one needs the capability to do so. Data works in the same way and it is increasingly changing how we interact with our surroundings. Just as we got used to the Internet of Things (IoT) taking care of everything from automotive controls to health applications, IIoT arrives.
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While the Industrial Internet of Things is not news for everyone, the cabling that makes it function optimally in manufacturing facilities and other plants is – for most. For the IIoT to function, the Industrial Ethernet (IE) and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) must connect networks and machines, and these processes are about to change the world and the way we manufacture forever.

The Fastest and Most Efficient Ovens, Worldwide

The Fastest and Most Efficient Ovens, Worldwide

TurboChef Technologies

TurboChef Technologies was the pioneer of rapid cooking technology when it was founded in 1991. It began by supplying rapid cook equipment to businesses that were not in the foodservice industry per se, such as movie theatre chains. Today, TurboChef has fifteen distinct product lines that it sells to many businesses involved in foodservice such as coffee and sandwich shops, cruise liners, and hotels.
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TurboChef specializes in electric, countertop, ventless, high-speed cooking equipment, rather than gas or other vented cooking technology. Its product lineup can be broken down into three categories, and the first is ventless rapid-cook ovens that use a combination of impinged air and microwave technology to lower cooking times.

An American Success Story

An American Success Story

Polyplex USA

Polyplex USA, LLC is a new company with big ambitions and a focus on innovation, sustainability, and expansion.
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Based in Decatur, Alabama, the company manufactures and distributes thin polyethylene terephthalate – also known as polyester or PET film – and metallized film for a wide variety of applications. Its film has been used in packaging chocolate bars, wet wipes and a wide range of other consumer and industrial products. Polyplex USA also operates a PET resin plant. This resin is primarily used for internal manufacturing and is not sold to outside companies.

Comprehensive and Sustainable Wood Product Solutions

Comprehensive and Sustainable Wood Product Solutions

Ottawa Forest Products

Ottawa Forest Products is a provider of high-quality lumber and pre-cut pallet components. It has been serving the upper Midwest lumber market for more than twenty-five years, and in that time, it has developed a reputation for integrity, hard work, and the best quality customer service.
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The company operates out of Michigan with its headquarters in the small town of Ironwood and a secondary facility in the community of Amasa. All of its products are manufactured using high-quality timber collected in the vast forestlands of the Michigan Upper Peninsula.

Cold Storage Specialists Launch a New Plant to Tap New Markets

Cold Storage Specialists Launch a New Plant to Tap New Markets

Imperial Brown

While cold-storage specialist Imperial Brown, Inc.’s reach has spread, the core of what it does has not changed since Business in Focus profiled the firm in our February 2017 issue. Customized refrigeration products, particularly insulated panels for freezers and walk-in coolers, remain the company’s speciality.
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Imperial Brown has expanded immensely. In early 2017, the Portland, Oregon-based custom refrigeration products manufacturer acquired a firm in Prague, Oklahoma that makes walk-in coolers and freezers. Thanks to the Prague purchase, it is now vastly easier for Imperial to reach clients in the middle of America. Imperial Brown has become “a full-range, full-country manufacturer,” states Vice President of Sales and Marketing Steve Bert. The company also has manufacturing facilities in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Serving Customers Worldwide

Serving Customers Worldwide

Reinhausen Manufacturing

With a lengthy history of innovation, Reinhausen Manufacturing Inc. continues to break new ground in the field of transformer technology. Providing products and solutions for distribution network systems and equipment, Reinhausen Manufacturing remains an industry-wide leader many years after the company was founded.
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With over half of the world’s electricity flowing through its products, the name Reinhausen is synonymous with quality. Literally present in all areas dealing with the flow of energy, Reinhausen maintains its commitment to the planet’s energy supply by working with customers to develop and manufacture exceptionally reliable equipment and components used by utility providers, makers of high-voltage devices and systems, large-scale voltage-intensive industries and others.

Embracing the Future

Embracing the Future

Barton & Loguidice

For almost 60 years, Barton & Loguidice (B&L) has provided clients with a range of engineering, environmental, landscape architecture, and planning services. Recognizing a need in the industry for their professional services, four engineers – Ed Barton, Kenneth R. Brown, James E. Clyde, and Frank A. Loguidice – made the bold move of leaving their existing jobs to create their own civil engineering enterprise back in 1961. Although business was slow at first, and necessities like office furniture practically nonexistent, they persevered, staying up many nights to realize their vision.
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“They were all working together at another engineering firm in the Syracuse area, and they decided it would be best for them to start their own firm,” says John F. Brusa, Barton & Loguidice’s Chief Executive Officer. “They didn’t have any work when they left the firm. They basically got office space, some sawhorses, made drafting tables, and started marketing.”

Making Big Things Happen on the Mighty Island

Making Big Things Happen on the Mighty Island

Aspin Kemp and Associates

Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA), established in 1996 by co-founders Jason Aspin and Neale Kemp, has its corporate headquarters in Montague, Prince Edward Island. Although a small company of 110 employees, it has developed strategies to address the world’s need for energy efficient power and propulsion systems. And AKA does so with efficiency and operational excellence in every project.
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Accounting for only 0.1 percent of Canada’s land area, the island of Prince Edward Island may be the country’s smallest province, but do not let this give you any preconceived notions about its ability to be a key player on the world stage. Prince Edward Island calls itself the ‘Mighty Island’ for valid reasons, not the least of which is its diverse and innovative economy, of which Aspin Kemp and Associates (AKA) is proving to be a substantial component.

Electrifying the Mining Community

Manufacture Adria

Manufacture Adria is no stranger to the mining community. The company, which started out as an offshoot from another electrical contractor, has been a part of the industry for over a quarter of a century. The expertise that has been harnessed over this time, coupled with the growth and determination that comes with its newly independent status, has resulted in revolutionary new developments, not just for the company itself, but for the mining industry as a whole.
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Development Manager Rami Hakam says that the opportunity to take the business into a new independent space was a logical and necessary one. “We started the company, and with time, it has evolved. A couple of years ago, part of the management team started to focus on manufacture, and the solution was to run that company as an independent company.”

The Future of the Workplace

The Future of the Workplace

HB Communications

Audiovisual company HB Communications assists all types of organizations in helping them transform the way they work and communicate using technology. The company designs, builds and supports audiovisual communication environments with a focus on video collaboration, broadcast, digital signage, experiential environments, video streaming, and managed services.
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HB works with its customers to design any environment to help enhance communication, collaboration, brand experience and/or any unique custom environment that their clients may require. For every environment it designs, the company has a managed services team that supports the technology after installation and keeps an eye on the health of the complex systems. “We can monitor which systems are in use, which solutions are having trouble, and really support the customer completely after the installation. So that when they have these advanced environments, it’s not a big headache for them to make sure they are going to keep working, and they’re going to be worth the investment,” says Director of Brand Strategy Dan Barron.

A Unified Platform to Enhance the Complete Digital Experience

A Unified Platform to Enhance the Complete Digital Experience

Bridgeline Digital

Bridgeline Unbound enables marketers to manage the complete customer journey for medium to large enterprises, multi-site networks, and franchise organizations in a streamlined and efficient way. Its innovative technology simplifies the process by which companies control branding and consistent messaging across multiple sites, while also providing the ability to tailor the sites on a local level for promotions and events.
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Bridgeline Digital, Inc. offers a product called Bridgeline Unbound that helps customers maximize their digital experience. “We can power any web-based experience with our platform. It could be a marketing website, a corporate internet, an online store – even custom applications can be built on the platform,” says Bridgeline Digital Executive Vice President Carl Prizzi. Five modules make up the product suite consisting of: web content management, e-commerce, marketing automation, social media, and web analytics.

Providing Critical Solutions

Providing Critical Solutions

Systems integration firm Beacon Communications LLC specializes in critical communication that spans multiple business environments. The company has been in operation for more than twenty years and specializes in upgrading and streamlining the equipment that responds to emergency situations.
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Beacon’s offices are scattered throughout the Midwest, with its corporate location in Englewood, Colorado. Further offices can be found in Montana (in Billings and Missoula), Minnesota (in Eagan and Rochester), and North and South Dakota (in Fargo and Rapid City). Beacon Communications recently acquired security firm PhotoScan Northwest Inc., adding both the company’s formidable local support in the state of Montana, as well as its established relationships and team. All told, Beacon’s roster of employees is around 140 people across all locations.

Green is the New Gold

Green is the New Gold

The Supreme Cannabis Company

Thanks to decades of activism in support of the legalization of recreational cannabis consumption, the pot at the end of the rainbow, at last, appears to be green gold.
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On October 17 2018, Canada will usher in a new era of decriminalized recreational cannabis – and The Supreme Cannabis Company is ready and waiting to treat discerning consumers to its premium 7ACRES cannabis buds. The product will be sold in 3.5g childproof jars at selected outlets and is set to impress connoisseurs from coast to coast with its beautiful aroma, quality and visual appeal. The product will be available for sale in provincially licensed stores throughout Canada making it one of the most widely distributed cannabis products in the country.

Exciting Company Growth in a Budding Industry

Exciting Company Growth in a Budding Industry

Organicures

Organicures provides the production of high quality, pharmaceutical grade cannabis. All the cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products are one hundred percent organic, and it has its own innovative research and development laboratories. The company’s main goal is to consistently provide an incredible, quality product in all areas of the world that recognize the benefits of legalizing cannabis.
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“The company was founded by a group of friends from the Netherlands who are horticulture experts with more than thirty years of experience. They combined their expertise and formed the perfect synergy for a topnotch company that can deliver high-quality products on a global scale,” says Diane Fernandes, chief executive officer of Organicures.

Small Scale, Big Impact

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