September 2018

Getting Real About Communication

Getting Real About Communication

Sensory Technologies

Effective communication empowers people. Imagine a world where office communication technology becomes a seamlessly integrated extension of the everyday experience. Audio visual systems, visual collaboration, digital network displays and other corporate messaging solutions from Sensory Technologies are just that, and it is changing the way the market sees corporate communication.
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This next-generation innovator believes that technology should be invisible. “For us, technology should never be the reason a meeting is ineffective or unproductive,” says Derek Paquin, principal of Sensory Technologies. Derek has been managing enterprises in the technology industry for over 25 years and is passionate about seeing clients succeed with the help of Sensory Technologies’ innovation.

Mission-Critical = Mission Possible

For those outside of the field, technology companies from Silicon Valley may seem surprising businesses to encounter around the ‘mission-critical’ concept, as the term generally tends to conjure thoughts of emergency scenarios. However, contrary to popular belief, a great number of other markets rely just as heavily on monitoring critical...

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce through Unconventional Means

Training Tomorrow’s Workforce through Unconventional Means

Moraine Park Technical College

For those interested in attending vocational school in the United States, there are well over a hundred to choose from. But Moraine Park Technical College, with its three campuses in the State of Wisconsin and over 100 career options to choose from, does many things differently from conventional trade schools and other institutions of post-secondary education.
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Through its regional partnerships with workforce development stakeholders, Moraine Park strives to give students the ultimate two-year educational experience, with ample opportunities for internships, networking, and even international travel. The Wisconsin technical school’s main campus is in Fond du Lac, with two other campuses in Beaver Dam and West Bend. (There are also regional centers in Jackson and Ripon.) Upon graduation, students are uniquely prepared to enter Wisconsin’s rich labor pool and meet the needs of major employers.

Vertical Integration, Strategic Partnership Spell Success

Vertical Integration, Strategic Partnership Spell Success

Touch International

Touch International is a custom touch display and display enhancement manufacturer based in Austin, Texas. The company began in 2001 as a touch screen manufacturing facility, but its repertoire has expanded to include touch screens with additional sunlight readability, night vision, extreme temperature hold-up, and more.
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Touch International’s touch displays come in two main types: The first is projected capacitive, displays like those found on a smartphone that can pinch, zoom, grab, and so on; the second type of display – and the older of the two technologies – is resistive, which are pressure-sensitive screens with low power draw. All of Touch’s screens are considered industrial, meaning they are durable, with heavier-duty cover glass and no spray coating. They also contain stable components and have a long display lifecycle with mechanical replacements available.

The Family of Companies that Runs on Family Values

The Family of Companies that Runs on Family Values

Explorer Software

In the construction industry, time is money. Since 1984, Explorer Software has been providing software enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to help contractors run their businesses more smoothly, so they can focus their attention where it matters most: on the customer.
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Explorer Software’s award-winning flagship product, Eclipse, is a fully integrated, intuitive, browser-based construction management solution that is scalable and designed to handle the needs of everyone from general contractors to heavy/highway contractors, with tasks ranging from accounting to project management. The software is used internationally and features multi-lingual and multi-currency capabilities.

Working Together to Encourage Growth in Randolph County

Working Together to Encourage Growth in Randolph County

The Randolph County Economic Development Authority

The Randolph County Economic Development Authority (EDA) in Alabama assists with business retention, expansion, and recruitment. It provides potential businesses with site selection information, buildings and sites inventory, demographics, site preparation grant applications and information on tax abatements and other incentives.
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The Randolph County Chamber of Commerce works to assist the county through tourism, advertising the area’s events, and developing recreational opportunities for tourists as well as the citizens in the area. It collaborates with the Randolph County EDA, the county, and the state to promote the area as a good place to live, visit, or operate a business.

Where the Economy and Partnerships Thrive

Where the Economy and Partnerships Thrive

DeKalb County Economic Development Authority

There’s a lot going on in DeKalb County, Alabama, a pro-business community where the economy and partnerships thrive. Speaking with the team from the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority (DCEDA), one quickly gets a sense of the countless initiatives taking place and the multitude of partnerships that are fostering growth and prosperity in the county.
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Economic growth and development in DeKalb County would not be possible without partnership. As Executive Director Jimmy Durham noted, “Education and economy goes hand to hand. Utilities and economy goes hand to hand. Having a pro-business government is a tremendous asset for us.”

Committed to the Community

Committed to the Community

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus

From its emergency department and outpatient surgery to inpatient services, women’s imaging and diagnostic center, renal dialysis center, highly-skilled medical specialists and a host of other medical clinics and services, Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus proudly and professionally serves a population of approximately sixty thousand people in Washington State’s Lewis-Clark Valley and surrounding areas.
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As the only community owned and operated, not-for-profit hospital in the area, the twenty-five-bed Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus is an important part of the health of community members of all ages.

Behind Every Great Cup of Coffee…

Behind Every Great Cup of Coffee…

Urnex

Brewing a cup of coffee seems relatively simple: you need water, ground, roasted coffee grinds, and a method of brewing. The truth is, it is a complex beverage that is the result of several complicated processes and many different players. Urnex, a manufacturer of cleaning and descaling products, is one of those players.
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Behind every great cup of coffee is the coffee bean, the region of the world it was grown in, the farmers who planted, cared for and harvested the beans, the soil, the latitude, the weather and environmental patterns in the region in which it is grown, storage, and roasters, as well as finer details such as water temperature, filtration, equipment, the barista – the list goes on and on.

Smarter Serve: Virtually Unbreakable Glassware and Dishware

Smarter Serve: Virtually Unbreakable Glassware and Dishware

Thunder Group

Thunder Group is fulfilling every foodservice operator’s dream – a customer experience where a spilled drink or dropped dish never ends in a worrisome mess of broken glass or china.
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When Mr. Chung Wang enjoys dinner out, he appreciates more than the tastes and aromas of the meal. He’s keenly interested in the plates, glasses, serving dishes and more – their form and functionality can make or break the experience for customers. When wine or cocktail glasses shatter by mistake, the enjoyment factor drops for diners and risk of injury (and cost to the restaurateur) goes up.

Business Done Sunny Side Up

Business Done Sunny Side Up

Deb El Foods

While the rest of the world is still deciding whether it was the chicken or the egg that came first, this impressively large family business has scrambled its way to the top of the U.S. food industry with its superb range of quality assured, Liquid, Frozen, Dried, Hard Cooked & Pre-Cooked egg products used by small food service kitchens and institutions to some of the biggest international food manufacturers and distributors.
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The innovative and astute Gibber family has expanded the business beyond its wildest expectations and continues to increase the company’s foothold in food markets, around the world. At Deb El Foods, family values, customer care, quality, competitive prices, and speedy delivery undoubtedly rule the roost.

Changing Neighborhoods, Changing Lives

Changing Neighborhoods, Changing Lives

Home Franchise Concepts

Ambitious people from all walks of life and backgrounds dream of owning their own business. For many of these individuals all across the country, Home Franchise Concepts has been helping to make their dreams a reality by providing an opportunity to own a franchise under one of its three families of brands: Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, and Concrete Craft.
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“We set out to create systems, programs, and offerings that change people’s lives. When we go into a customer’s home with any of our products – window coverings, closets, garage organization, garage flooring, concrete flooring – we help to make a person’s house a home. We do that by using our moral compass and caring about our customers. We are all about tailoring everything we offer to what the customer needs and just that,” says Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Home Franchise Concepts.

A Coating for Every Need

A Coating for Every Need

CANLAK

With more than 35 years of experience as an industrial wood coating manufacturer, CANLAK plays a leading role in the woodworking industry. CANLAK is a privately owned, Canadian company and its head office is located in Daveluyville, Quebec. With six facilities across Canada, as well as one in the U.S., the company specializes in innovative, top-of-the-line industrial coatings perfectly adapted to the customer’s needs.
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CANLAK began as a family-owned company and was originally located on a family farm. Normand Guindon, President and CEO, and Éric Vaillancourt, Vice-President and chemist, are the leaders and brains behind this large operation. Vaillancourt became owner in 2010, partnering soon after with Guindon in 2012. “When I first arrived, the company was very regional and sold mostly in Quebec, with very little exposure outside of the province. So, my first mandate was to broaden the production line, to associate with other paint companies and to expand the market throughout Canada,” says Guindon.

Trusted & Transparent Online Freight Solutions

Meet VeriTread – an online freight solution platform with three generations of equipment transport expertise here to solve every problem that heavy haul transport has ever presented. This high-level consultant’s superior software has changed the way the world ships large quantities of iron, for good. ~ Hauling gargantuan, 100 ton-chunks of yellow...

Worldwide Knitting Solutions

Worldwide Knitting Solutions

Stoll America

The art of knitting has been around for centuries, but Stoll has brought it to unthinkable levels throughout the past 145 years. Inspired by customer satisfaction, Stoll America Knitting Machinery takes great pride in inviting its users to provide feedback and experience to help shape the company’s future, and it has been working.
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The company’s motto is, “Design to Inspire” and CEO North American Operations, Stephan Robertson, ensures his team embodies this spirit. Knit specialists that are hired for their genius in programming do not simply start on the computerized machines; instead, they start at the very beginning stages of knitting – by hand. With a two to three-day workshop, new hires are introduced to the art of knitting by hand before becoming involved with the mix of technology and knitting.

Constructing Concepts into Cloth

Constructing Concepts into Cloth

Apex Mills

If speed and flexibility are what a company needs from a reliable, application-driven fabric source, Apex Mills is the only call.
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From three-dimensional performance textiles for office furniture to fast deployment of shrapnel-repelling window treatments for high-threat areas, this dynamic, innovative company based in Inwood, Long Island, New York manufactures advanced fabrics backed by solid engineering expertise and fiber knowledge. Apex Mills is also uniquely equipped to design and create some of the most sophisticated textiles known to man.

Empowered Solar Solutions

Empowered Solar Solutions

PowerFilm

After thirty years, PowerFilm Inc. continues to shine brightly. As domestic solar companies in the United States have fallen by the wayside, this custom manufacturer of flexible thin film photovoltaic (PV) panels and systems has remained innovative and driven, bringing its customers custom designs and a collaborative approach.
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For President Dan Stieler, PowerFilm’s thirtieth anniversary represents “quite a milestone, especially if you look at the landscape of solar companies in the United States, starting around 2008 and onward. It’s been a pretty tough atmosphere in the U.S. for the manufacturing of solar, driven primarily by price competition from foreign entities, especially in China.”

New Products, Prospects, and Personnel

New Products, Prospects, and Personnel

Strahman Valves, Inc.

There have been major changes at Strahman Valves, Inc., a world leader in wash down equipment and custom process valves, since Business in Focus profiled the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania based firm last September. There are new products, a new office in China, and the company, which was founded nearly a century ago, is growing at a rapid clip.
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“I guess the biggest change we’ve had is the level of business we’re experiencing. The market is resurgent. I think a lot of it has to do with the strong economy in general. In the last two years, we’ve received some very significant orders,” says Augie Percoco, president and chief executive officer.

Refrigeration Solutions for Every Need

Refrigeration Solutions for Every Need

Master-Bilt

Today, it is impossible to imagine a world without refrigeration. From the upright units at our local store to massive warehouses safeguarding the food we eat by storing it at precise temperatures, refrigeration is a marvel we take for granted. And for the past eighty years, Master-Bilt has dedicated itself to designing and manufacturing systems and solutions for a vast range of needs.
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Master-Bilt was founded in St. Louis back in 1938 to make milk canister coolers for dairies and relocated to New Albany, in Mississippi’s Union County, almost six decades ago. The company has since increased its manufacturing space and office to about 500,000 square feet and has approximately four hundred staff, depending on the season. A team of workers handles welding, fabrication, solder work, copper bending, electrical, and everything that goes along with assembling refrigeration devices. Master-Bilt is a great deal more than another company: it is an institution that has proudly served its community for decades.

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