June 2019

Providing Customer-Focused Solutions in the Heart of New York

Providing Customer-Focused Solutions in the Heart of New York

Victory Foodservice

Food distributor Victory Foodservice provides fresh produce, meat, and seafood, along with specialty and imported goods, to food-based businesses and restaurants. The company has called New York home since 1985 when it was founded by brothers Mike and Gus Tyras. It serves the greater metropolitan New York market as well as northern New Jersey with further service in Long Island and trucks operating in Boston.
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Victory became a full-line food distributor in 1995 and moved to its current Bronx location two years later in 1997. Senior Marketing and Sales Director David Buder says that since the company’s inception in the mid-eighties, it has steadily expanded both its customer and product base year after year. The brothers provided “dedication, long hours, and excellent service” through which “the dream of a thriving independent company was realized.”

On the Cutting Edge of Food-Safe Equipment

On the Cutting Edge of Food-Safe Equipment

Precision Industrial Equipment

Precision Industrial Equipment was founded in 2013. It operates in the beautiful Yakima Valley of Washington State and is locally owned. It designs, builds, and installs customized equipment, with after-sales services, to North American and European food processors.
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“I like seeing things built from scratch,” says Patrick Flumerfelt, President of Precision Industrial Equipment (PIE). “Satisfaction for me means seeing something created from an idea and seeing it come to life on paper, then assembled in the shop and then watching it process and run. I like seeing things built from scratch and it’s also really interesting to me to see how I can get better at what I’m doing,” he says.

Say ‘Cheese, Please’ or ‘Pass the Butter’ – G & R Foods Will Gladly Oblige

Say ‘Cheese, Please’ or ‘Pass the Butter’ – G & R Foods Will Gladly Oblige

G & R Foods Inc.

With a family history of cheese-making in Wisconsin – ‘America’s Dairyland’ – G & R Foods Inc., is the go-to source for retailers, food service providers, and food manufacturers that depend on quality, on-time delivery of cheese and other dairy products.
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“My father, Jarold Glick, was involved in cheese-making all his life, and so was his father before him,” says Michael J Glick, president and chief executive officer of G & R Foods, Inc. in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. “There were plants in Wisconsin and North Carolina where we made cheese and yogurt, and the family and its partners owned one of the first whey dryers in the state of Wisconsin.

Better Eating Through Chemistry – CoreFX Plans to Revolutionize Healthier Foods

Better Eating Through Chemistry – CoreFX Plans to Revolutionize Healthier Foods

CoreFX

It’s an everyday paradox: junk food is terrible for you yet tastes great. A healthier diet is a lofty goal, though not easily reached when many healthier foods are just, well, not very satisfying. But imagine if foods were not only healthier but also tasted great. Chicago-based CoreFX Ingredients is working to create food ingredients which not only improve nutritional quality but also taste great. The end goal: a revolution in nutritional thinking and eating habits.
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With advanced research capabilities and production techniques, CoreFX can create food products uniquely suited to growing food markets and consumer tastes. Converting liquid fats and oils to a dry powder form, the company works with larger food producers to provide high quality food ingredients. These products marry higher nutritional quality with increased flavor appeal.

Fruit of the World from Jac. Vandenberg – Importers and Distributors for Four Generations

Fruit of the World from Jac. Vandenberg – Importers and Distributors for Four Generations

Jac. Vandenberg

Family business Jac. Vandenberg imports and distributes a full line of counter-seasonal fresh fruits in the United States and Canada. The products are primarily grapes, citrus fruits, nectarines, peaches and plums, apples and pears, and pomegranates from the southern hemisphere.
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Jacob Vandenberg founded this fourth-generation family business in the Netherlands in 1905. They were difficult times, and both business and family had to survive many challenges. In December 1946, at the end of WW2, the family moved to the United States. The company name was then abbreviated to Jac. Vandenberg.

The Ideal Meeting and Convention Destination

The Ideal Meeting and Convention Destination

Atlantic City Convention Center

Built in 1997, the Atlantic City Convention Center (ACCC) in New Jersey is one of the largest convention centers on the East Coast. It features 486,000 square feet of exhibit halls, 45 meeting rooms with over 100,000 square feet of space, more than 1,200 parking spaces, and is connected to the Sheraton Hotel. The New Jersey Transit train station is also connected to the center, which is highly convenient for passage between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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The ACCC is owned by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and is managed by the private management company, Spectra Venue Management. Spectra has significant experience in the operation of successful convention centers, arenas, and stadiums in the U.S. For sales and marketing of the ACCC, the CRDA and Spectra partner with Meet AC and together all three are the driving force behind the full-service convention center.

Making Camp a Safe Place to Learn and Grow

Making Camp a Safe Place to Learn and Grow

Ontario Camps Association

For a parent sending their child to camp, be it a day camp or overnight camp, it can be a very emotional experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time or the tenth time; parents will always worry about the safety and wellbeing of their child when they are not in their care.

Expanding the World of Beauty and Skincare

Expanding the World of Beauty and Skincare

World Product Solutions

World Product Solutions is a private label and contract manufacturer for the consumer skincare, cosmeceutical, beauty and personal care markets. In addition, the company operates a fulfillment center where fulfillment and value-add take on new meaning.
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World Product Solutions delivers countless layers of value: from bringing a client’s idea to life through the development and manufacturing processes, to timely fulfillment of a range of products including over-the-counter (OTC) products sourced from vetted partners.

A Better Way to Get from A to B

A Better Way to Get from A to B

Segway’s Canadian Distribution

Imagine one tool to move people around factories, warehouses and communities – a tool that has zero emissions and saves time and money. You’ve probably already seen it; the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT).
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Say you have a distribution center and a manager who is paid $100,000 a year. A big part of their time is spent walking from one end of the warehouse to the other, supervising employees and overseeing shop-floor logistics. Essentially, you could be paying them $50,000 just to walk around. It’s not only tiring and time-consuming, it’s hardly the best bang for your buck. There’s got to be a better way.

It’s All in How You Display It

It’s All in How You Display It

Pacific Northern Inc.

Outstanding visual merchandising displays reflecting luxury are essential to the success of upscale lifestyle brands. This is why over 150 clients worldwide are turning to Pacific Northern (PN), headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, for customized displays to enhance their product’s visibility in the market place.
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While the company name Pacific Northern does not conjure images of luxury the way certain brand names do, the proprietary display fixtures produced by PN allows those brands to shine. Before getting into the intricacies of the art and craft of visual marketing, we asked company president Mike Wharton for an explanation of the name, since the company is neither near the Pacific coast nor the northern U.S.

A Positive Environment for Diversified Business Ventures

A Positive Environment for Diversified Business Ventures

Town of Billerica, MA

Investment attraction strategies are crucial if a community hopes to garner the all-essential competitive advantage. These strategies are many, but the ultimate goal is that of showcasing the inimitable attributes of a community – those elements that make it unique and worthy of business investment.
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Potential investors need to know that a community is ready and capable of meeting their needs. Some strategies may include an ‘open for business’ climate, efficient transportation infrastructure, land availability, access to a skilled workforce and enticing investment incentives.

A Collective Effort of Development

A Collective Effort of Development

Town of Hanover, NH

The town of Hanover in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire is home to prestigious Ivy League research university Dartmouth College. Together with the university, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), and other stakeholders in the region, the town is working to manage growth wisely and sustainably.
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With six thousand students, Dartmouth College’s population is roughly half the size of the town of Hanover. The university, the community, the local economy, and the goals of the town are inextricably linked, and as a result, the college is very active in community improvement initiatives.

How a Growing Suburb Retains Its Character

How a Growing Suburb Retains Its Character

City of Wauwatosa, WI

Milwaukee County’s City of Wauwatosa is the perfect place to live and work in the State of Wisconsin. For years, both public and private land has been creatively re-imagined and repurposed, giving the historic city its own unique flavor that cannot be replicated by any other Milwaukee area suburb.
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When we featured the charming city last year, it had made substantial investment in public spaces, revitalizing its two business districts in The Village and North Avenue, even creatively turning an old parking lot into a landscaped gathering space. The city also invested in its prime retail centers. For instance, when launching the chic Mayfair Collection plaza, ownership transformed an under-utilized warehouse building into a 47,563 square foot Whole Foods Market and a HomeGoods, which opened in early 2016.

No End to the Thriving Development in Stamford

No End to the Thriving Development in Stamford

City of Stamford, CT

A mere thirty miles from Manhattan is Connecticut’s now second-largest city, Stamford. Despite its growth, the city ranks as one of the safest places in the state and indeed, the entire country, and there is plenty to do, from wandering picturesque trails to experiencing the vibrant nightlife.
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Stamford is a whirlwind of business activity. The World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. headquarters in Stamford is moving to the former building of financial services group UBS by 2021. The expansion will allow the massive company to merge all of its offices and studios into one location and is a very worthy use for the vacant building since the local branch of UBS Investment Bank downsized and moved across the street.

Ideal Climate Conditions for Plants and People Alike

Ideal Climate Conditions for Plants and People Alike

City of Lodi, CA

Lodi, deep-rooted in California’s rival wine country, is giving Napa Valley a run for its money. While it doesn’t stretch along the north Pacific coast or the ultra-warm region of the south, its Mediterranean climate creates the perfect Zinfandel varietal, and offers up an ideal location for the exploration and implementation of agricultural technology to serve the wine business well now and in the future.

Growing Strong on the Bayfront

Growing Strong on the Bayfront

City of Hercules, CA

On the coast of the San Pablo Bay, in western Contra Costa County, lies the City of Hercules. Just 30 minutes away from downtown San Francisco, the city of approximately 26,000 residents possesses its own unique story…
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The City of Hercules’ modern history was shaped by the Hercules Plant, a dynamite manufacturing facility owned by California Powder Works (later Hercules Powder Company) that opened in 1881 and served the mining and construction markets. The company sold its product under the name Hercules Powder, evoking the strength of the fabled god. Just 19 years later, the area was incorporated as a city named for its most famous product.

A Unique Welcome Awaits

A Unique Welcome Awaits

City of Brenham, TX

The state of Texas has what is undoubtedly one of the nation’s fastest-growing economies and has for decades, according to D Magazine. (D CEO 2018). Much of this thriving economy takes place in the Texas Triangle, the region that encompasses Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. The D Magazine article goes on to note that the Texas Triangle is ranked an impressive seventeenth among world economies.
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Located in the middle of this triangle is the city of Brenham, in Washington County, with a population of roughly 16,000. Located at the halfway point between Houston and Austin, the city is in a prime location for economic growth and is ramping up its ongoing economic development efforts.

Small Town Charm, Big City Vision

Small Town Charm, Big City Vision

Cibolo Economic Development Corporation

Unlike some parts of the United States which are at an economic standstill, Cibolo is one of the fastest-growing locations in the Lone Star State, and boasts plenty of amenities found in much larger cities like Austin, but without the traffic congestion and high costs. Many businesses are choosing the city for its easy access to Interstate 10 and Interstate 35, low energy costs, a 160-acre business park under development, an educated workforce, over 400,000 square feet of new and future retail development, mixed-use projects, reasonably-priced housing, and more.
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Just sixteen miles northeast of the San Antonio International Airport and only sixty-five miles from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the City of Cibolo. From a population of just one hundred back in 1890, Cibolo has expanded in both population and area and now covers thirty-four square miles and has 29,249 people, with projections of reaching 34,000 next year. As it grows, it is actively planning for the future.

Wide Open Opportunity

Wide Open Opportunity

Pinal County, AZ

Located between Phoenix and Tucson, in a scenic area of south-central Arizona, is Pinal County. With the Superstition Mountains in its north and the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness area in the south, Pinal County’s scenic location of wide open beauty is just one of many unique features it offers its residents. The county also boasts a variety of opportunities in just about any industry you could imagine.
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Since we last featured the majestic county in 2018, it has been aggressively expanding its opportunities in its six core sectors: transportation and logistics, manufacturing (both advanced and general), health services, natural renewable resources, aerospace and defense, and tourism.

Taking Pride in a Reliable and Efficient Delivery System

Taking Pride in a Reliable and Efficient Delivery System

Sharco Express

Sharco Express, with its corporate headquarters located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, operates as a family-owned trucking business. Founded in 2008 by George Franczyk, an owner-operator with twenty years of experience, the company has a fleet of seventy-two trucks with seventy-five drivers operating within the lower forty-eight states and into Canada. Sharco also has warehouse facilities in Burton, Michigan, forty miles to the north.
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Consider for a moment, the dire impact that would be felt if the trucking industry no longer existed. It is an industry taken for granted, and it should not be. The industry is a nation’s livelihood and an essential contributor to its economic wellbeing.

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