October 2018

Bringing Unmatched Customer Service Experience to the I.T. Sector

Bringing Unmatched Customer Service Experience to the I.T. Sector

JKL Technologies

Information technology (I.T.) solutions firm JKL Technologies focuses on offering I.T. management services, design, project management and consulting, as well as full audio-visual (A.V.) integration for large global enterprise customers.
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JKL Technologies was incorporated in 2004, but began in earnest in 1998 and has run a full twenty years in the I.T. sector, recently expanding in 2015 to serve its customers’ A.V. needs. The company operates five main locations across the United States and Mexico, in hubs such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Mexico City; most recently, JKL has expanded its presence in Dallas. Company President Mike Ireland has been with JKL since its inception in 1998.

Intelligent Surfaces, Optimal Outcomes

Intelligent Surfaces, Optimal Outcomes

XSENSOR Technology Corporation

In the era of big data, it’s one thing to be able to collect data, but it’s quite another to be able to analyze it, understand it and leverage it to make smarter, more effective decisions. This is where XSENSOR Technology Corporation excels and the reason customers across industries turn to it for its expertise in pressure imaging technology.
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XSENSOR specializes in interface pressure measurement technology and brings innovative products to the market that set the standard for software accuracy and image quality. The company’s technology solutions help users visualize and analyze pertinent data in a more meaningful and impactful way.

Innovative Coating Technology Generates Major Growth for SilcoTek® Corporation

Innovative Coating Technology Generates Major Growth for SilcoTek® Corporation

SilcoTek® Corporation

SilcoTek Corporation of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania is on a mission to provide clients with superior coatings. Founded less than a decade ago, SilcoTek is rapidly expanding and highly ambitious.
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SilcoTek Corporation utilizes a special Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) process to apply coatings to valves, pipe fittings, tubing and other parts for enhanced surface properties, corrosion-resistance and performance.

Telecommunications with a Personal Touch

Telecommunications with a Personal Touch

Kaptel

Regulated telecommunications company Kaptel offers landline, wireless, and digital telephone service, as well as broadband internet, fiber to the home, cable television, and security services. The company operates primarily in Louisiana.
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The company, originally known as the Kaplan Telephone Company, was purchased in March of 1952 by Lytle C. Turnley. At the time, the company provided service to 407 telephones in the small city of Kaplan in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana. Over the years, it has adapted to the rapidly evolving trends in the telecommunications market. It began as a landline telephone service provider, but as the technology advanced, Kaptel expanded its capabilities to match, bringing the newest in communications equipment to this rural Louisiana community.

Breaking Old Habits of the Trucking Industry

Breaking Old Habits of the Trucking Industry

GP Transco

GP Transco, from Darien, Illinois, is one of the fastest growing trucking companies in the country. It has a fleet of 350 trucks and over 500 trailers, serving the U.S. and Canada. For GP Transco, the driver is the customer and receives the highest respect. This company is growing rapidly and is continuously hiring new drivers. We spoke with Chief Executive Officer Dominic Zastarskis and Director of Marketing Sergey Bort.
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GP Transco was founded by the current President of the company Gedas Poviliunas in 2006. Gedas began the company with a couple of trucks while he was still in school, majoring in finance. Three years ago Dominic Zastarskis, CEO, and Amos Savickas, Executive Vice President, came into the fold. Dominic was in aviation before getting into the trucking industry and Amos had already been working in the transportation industry for a number of years.

Shelter that Takes on All Extremes

Shelter that Takes on All Extremes

Norseman Structures

You’re building a plant in the oil sands of northern Canada during the harsh winter months of ice, snow and temperatures plummeting to -58 degrees Fahrenheit. How do you shelter your team and protect your equipment? You turn to the architectural innovators at Norseman Structures.
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In construction, even a few days of downtime because of adverse weather can put a significant dent in your bottom line. A little rain is one thing, but what happens when you have snowstorms halting work and exposing your machinery and materials to the elements?

“Nothing’s Ever Simple”

“Nothing’s Ever Simple”

Industrial & Crane Services

Industrial & Crane Services, Inc. (ICS) of Pascagoula, Mississippi has a heavy-lift and transport division, an industrial division, a ports division, an engineering and survey division, a fabrication and machining division, and a drive to succeed. The firm, which has completed projects across the United States, the Caribbean and as far afield as Africa, specializes in projects involving industrial cranes and lifting equipment. Business has been booming, particularly in the ports sector.
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Much of ICS’s success can be attributed to its flexible mindset in the face of unexpected developments (which are common in the sectors the firm services). This mindset is epitomized by the company slogan, “creative solutions to complex problems.”

Celebrating Fifty Years

Celebrating Fifty Years

Alps Wire Rope Corporation

Alps Wire Rope Corporation, based in St. Charles, Illinois, remains an industry leader, half a century after it was founded. Alps carries an extensive range of wire rope products, including cable and strand items manufactured from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and carbon steel.
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Alps has products specifically designed and manufactured for gas and oilfields purposes, elevator and hardware use, general purpose, cranes, winches, construction, commercial marine applications, government, garage doors, lifting and rigging, mining, oil, gas and water drilling, railroads, sailing, and other sectors. Alps is dedicated to providing clients across all sectors with outstanding customer service and superior products at reasonable prices. Its wire ropes can be as small as 1/32 of an inch in diameter up to three inches in diameter.

Making Big Moves

Making Big Moves

B&G Crane Service

For a company to be successful and stay in business for over seventy years, it must have learned more than a few things along the way. B&G Crane Service, LLC has fine-tuned its services over the decades and is respected by its many clients, including industry titans like Exxon Mobil – the world’s biggest publicly-traded international oil and gas company – Phillips 66, and others who value B&G’s steadfast commitment to safety, maintenance, and reliability.
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B&G Crane Service is unlike many others in the industry, for good reasons. The company operates and continuously updates a massive collection of over 150 cranes with capacities ranging from four tons to a staggering 825 tons as well as a supporting fleet of over one hundred vehicles.

Celebrating 70 Years

Celebrating 70 Years

Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association (SC&RA) represents companies from small mom-and-pop operations with a few cranes and trucks all the way up to massive multinational corporations with thousands of employees. The SC&RA is now in its seventh decade and still proudly serving the industry through advocacy efforts, networking opportunities, education, and other initiatives that see businesses operate as efficiently and safely as possible.
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The SC&RA is a well-known and respected international trade association representing about 1,360 companies in forty-six nations from its headquarters in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Centerville, Virginia. Members are involved in specialized transportation, industrial maintenance, machinery moving and erecting, manufacturing, rentals, millwrighting, and crane and rigging operations. The association promotes the industry on behalf of members and the industry to foster business environments that are profitable and safe.

Simply the Best by Design

Simply the Best by Design

CMA Dishmachines

Let’s face it – no one likes to wash dishes. Not in small quantities, and certainly not in large. It’s easy to get careless and break a dish, and it’s difficult to ensure dishes are properly sanitized when they are washed in the sink.
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That’s what prompted Josephine Cochrane, a wealthy socialite who was tired of her antique china getting broken by her servants, to develop a dishwashing machine that would prevent that from happening any longer.

A Legacy 50 Years in the Making

A Legacy 50 Years in the Making

The Filter Shop at BGE

This year, B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd., The Filter Shop (BGE) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, a truly remarkable milestone for a second-generation family-owned and operated air filter manufacturer and distributor in Western Canada.
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The anniversary will be a joyous event with customer and employee appreciation events taking place to commemorate BGE’s past and to celebrate its future, but sadly, the anniversary will also mark a bittersweet time in the company’s history.

Protecting Those Who Protect Us

Protecting Those Who Protect Us

Stedfast

Headquartered in Granby, Quebec, Stedfast is a world leader in barrier technology. The experienced, innovative company has been in business since 1930, but it wasn’t until 1979 that it was purchased by a family of investors…
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Today, Stedfast’s specialized protective products – which include chemical and biological weapon-resistant textiles – are used in the medical, industrial, national defense, and emergency response sectors to ensure the lives and safety of those who work to protect ours.

Turbo Air Builds a Global Foundation on Refrigeration and Kitchen Equipment

Turbo Air Builds a Global Foundation on Refrigeration and Kitchen Equipment

Turbo Air

Turbo Air, Inc. of Long Beach, California was founded in 1997 by Brian Kim, who remains CEO today. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes refrigeration and kitchen equipment including milk coolers, food preparation tables, worktops, display cases, glass door merchandisers, and more. The company also provides parts and excellent service.
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“We have a little over 1,100 items that we sell to the foodservice sector – convenience stores and retail segments. Typically we add anywhere from twenty-five to seventy-five new items annually,” says Rick Blinson, executive vice president of national accounts.

Brewing Better Brands

Brewing Better Brands

Single Serve Beverages Distribution

When it comes to discovering new flavors, tastes, and textures, nothing beats traveling. There’s something about enjoying a freshly brewed coffee al fresco, surrounded by the early morning bustle of foreign cities…
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From the misty mustiness of Venice to the fragrant piazzas of Tuscany, the smokiness of Málaga’s Calle Larios to the creaky bones of Paris coming to life, trays groaning with heady fragrance make one’s heart scream for just one more rich, dark coffee laced with delight.

Family Owned, Third Generation Strong

Family Owned, Third Generation Strong

Polk’s Meat Products, Inc.

Family-owned Polk’s Meat Products provides smoked meat products, specializing in sausage, ham, and specialty items for restaurants, retailers and commercial customers in the food services industry. Polk’s meats have found their way into restaurants and dining rooms throughout the Southeast.
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The company’s roots reach back to 1969 when retired barber Milton Polk first sold his hickory smoked ham. He had perfected his process and secret recipe over the years by making ham for friends and family, but that year, he realized that his hobby had the potential to be a business. Soon, he began making sausages from the leftover trimming from the hams, and Polk’s Meat began gaining respect in the area for its products. Milton’s son John Polk watched as his parents grew Polk’s Meat from a retirement hobby into a successful company, and in 1974, he decided to take the reins and carry on the legacy.

Quality, Performance, Value and Service Spell Success

Quality, Performance, Value and Service Spell Success

Globe Food Equipment

Globe Food Equipment Company of Dayton, Ohio offers top-of-the line products for the commercial kitchen sector and has a strong devotion to customer-service. Boasting a brand that dates back almost a century, Globe Food Equipment designs, manufactures, and distributes a wide array of kitchen equipment. The company constantly releases new products, including an award-winning line of premium slicers introduced last year.
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“Mixing and slicing are our core product lines and then cooking, with the sub-categories of electric and gas. Then what we have are weighing systems and other food prep equipment including meat choppers and patty presses,” says Kevin Woods, vice president of sales and marketing. “Our slicers are our largest product line revenue-wise; mixers follow and then our cooking line, which is newer and our fastest growing product line.”

Blazing a Trail in an Emerging Market

In April of 2014, Business in Focus wrote about the marijuana dispensary, incredibles. This socially conscious entity started with the goal to make medical marijuana its primary market but has branched out into recreational use as well. We caught up with Founder and President Bob Eschino. ~ When we last spoke, incredibles was the largest...

Providing Safe and High-Quality Cannabis Products to a Growing Industry

Providing Safe and High-Quality Cannabis Products to a Growing Industry

Zenabis

Zenabis is a Canadian privately-held licensed producer of medical and recreational cannabis that is positioned to be a global leader in cannabis production and distribution. The company specializes in the entire process of delivering cannabis to the market including growing, drying, packaging and distribution. With a track record providing Canadians with safe, high quality medical cannabis, Zenabis is actively engaged in patient education, physician counselling and raising awareness around cannabis and its derivatives.
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On October 4th, Zenabis announced a proposed merger with public company Bevo Agro Inc., which operates North America’s largest greenhouse propagation facility, through a reverse takeover that will create the new corporate entity Zenabis Global Inc. Once the transaction closes, Zenabis will have the third largest available cannabis production space footprint in the world. Currently, Zenabis has two facilities in with cannabis retail sales licences: one in Delta, B.C. and the other in Atholville, N.B. The facility in Delta focuses on the medicinal cannabis market, and the facility in Atholville focuses predominantly on the recreational cannabis market. For now, the company produces and sells only the dried flower product; however, it will be able to sell oil, derivatives and other cannabis products (including gelatin cannabis capsules and pre-rolled cannabis known as ‘pre-rolls’) after the seventeenth of October.

A Company Focused on Human and Environmental Health and Wellness

A Company Focused on Human and Environmental Health and Wellness

Oakworks Solutions

Oakworks began making portable massage tables forty years ago. It diversified into stationary spa tables roughly twenty-five years ago, and a few years later, it expanded into the medical industry with radiolucent tables for imaging equipment and ultrasound tables. Today, it has four product portfolios with the fourth brand developed just last year for surgery tables.
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The company serves customers in diverse markets because it understands how the human body should be positioned. “It really comes down to patient positioning. We understand how and why patients need to be positioned for each procedure. Whether that’s spa, massage, or in the medical markets, we’re the experts at that, and that’s how we branched out into the different markets,” says Jessica Wadley, vice president of sales at Oakworks Solutions.

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