May 2019

Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

Vision X Lighting

When it comes to specialized industrial lighting, the team at Vision X Lighting lights up far more than the proverbial room. From lighting up outer space to structural applications, marine lighting, and even mining, there are very few industries that this company hasn’t had the opportunity to illuminate.
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Judging by its sturdy track record, this is indeed no ordinary lighting company. Thanks to its passion for next-generation testing techniques on every light that leaves its factories, Vision X Lighting’s products work perfectly from the moment they leave their specialized packaging – every time.

The Art of Specialist Heavy Haulage

The Art of Specialist Heavy Haulage

Unified Logistics

Transportation is one of the toughest industries out there. Building a legacy business in this rough-and-tumble world of high-pressure schedules and long periods spent alone on the road is a lot harder than it may appear. Despite this, Unified Logistics has proven itself more than capable of adapting to this continuously evolving industry.
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The Unified Logistics family has a passion for complex, customized transportation services. As its name suggests, the company unifies a number of transportation operators under one banner to create a unique business model that serves many industries across North America. Clients include those that deal in industrial equipment, the manufacturing industry, freight forwarders, the world of extra-large art, and more. In fact, it is rare to come across a transportation provider that is so skilled in hauling unusual fright that even sculptors entrust it with moving their most prized works.

On the Road and Close to Home

On the Road and Close to Home

H.O. Wolding

Long-distance trucking consistently has one of the highest employee turnover rates of any industry. So, how can companies ensure profitability while minimizing employee turnover? In Amherst, Wisconsin, H.O. Wolding is proving companies can have their cake and eat it too, and the company has decades of operational history to prove it.
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Founded by namesake Herbert Wolding in 1935, H.O. Wolding began as a single-truck operation running daily milk deliveries in Nelsonville, just over one hundred miles north of the state capital of Madison. The company has now been in business an amazing eighty-four years and counting. Even at the age of 106, Mr. Wolding still visits the company headquarters periodically to ensure his company is doing well. H.O. Wolding has been family-operated through its entire tenure, with son Don Wolding as its current president and grandson Mark Wolding as one of the directors of operations.

In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul

Speedee Transport

Speedee Transport is a Burnaby-based logistics company specializing in providing temperature-controlled transportation solutions. From major corporations like Loblaws and Nestlé to smaller startups like TruLocal, western Canada’s leading manufacturers and distributors have come to depend on Speedee as a trusted transport partner to deliver everything from food to furniture.
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Founder and Chairman Eric Ee started the family-owned business in 1976 under the umbrella of Rolls Right Industries, after immigrating to Canada from Malaysia. Working long hours and risking everything he had to build the business from scratch, he grew his company based on five pillars of success: Long-Term Thinking; Be Systematic; Specialize; Be Customer Focused; and Embrace Technology.

Your Dedicated Partner in Logistics

Your Dedicated Partner in Logistics

Transource Freightways

Transource Freightways Ltd. is an industry leader in freight logistics and warehousing services, specializing in moving electronics, bedding, and appliances on North America’s west coast.
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The Delta, British Columbia-based company was first established in 2005 by Owner and President Kal Kajla. After spending most of his teenage life working on his father’s potato farm and delivering crops, he quickly learned the art of supply and demand, and was inspired by his father’s entrepreneurial vision.

130 Years of Making the Best Boxes in the Business

130 Years of Making the Best Boxes in the Business

Seattle-Tacoma Box Company

Seattle-Tacoma Box Company has been a family run business that doesn’t sit idle on its impressive laurels and successful history. Instead, the company is finding new and innovative ways to make boxes stronger and sustainable for the next 130 years.
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Some of the most useful things in life are those that are around us every day. Take boxes for example – we use them for storage or sending parcels, but we probably don’t think much about them after we’ve opened them or packed them away. But what if we didn’t have them? How much more difficult and disorganized would life be without boxes?

A Sweet Tooth for Innovation

A Sweet Tooth for Innovation

Lantic

Whether it is a guilty pleasure or a daily staple, sugar is a regular feature in our diets. But with consumer tastes moving away from sugar, companies in the sugar industry must adapt or perish. Lantic Inc., Canada’s largest sugar producer with over 130 years of history, is changing to meet this trend and aspires to become North America’s largest supplier of natural sweeteners.
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Lantic traces its proud lineage to 1888 when its first sugar cane refinery was built in Montreal on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. It was a breakthrough for Canadian industry; previously, sugar had to be imported at low quality and high cost.

A Manufacturing and Distribution Company Rooted in Nature

A Manufacturing and Distribution Company Rooted in Nature

Prince Corporation

The roots of Prince Corporation can be traced back to 1886 when it was established under the name Banner Mills in Marshfield, Wisconsin by the civil war veteran William H. Upham who went on to become the Governor of Wisconsin. The general store and sawmill business was taken over by H.C. Koenig in 1922 and the company was renamed Marshfield Milling. When H.C. Koenig died in 1934, his son Walter, nicknamed Prince, inherited the business and expanded its product offerings to include animal feed and agricultural supplies.
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By 1981, the company name changed to Prince Corporation and it had become a distributor and manufacturer of animal feed, wild bird seed, grass seed, fertilizers, and tools for the garden and landscape industry. The third generation of the family ran Prince and grew its delivery area to most of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan until 1997 when it was purchased by Jay Emling, John Silseth, and Dennis Wessel. Today, the company is owned by Emling, Silseth, and new President and Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Quinlan.

A Kansas Electronic Components Firm with a Global Footprint

A Kansas Electronic Components Firm with a Global Footprint

ECS, Inc. International

ECS, Inc. International is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas with manufacturing operations in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea and China along with a global distribution network to market its products. ECS produces frequency management products including quartz crystals, quartz filters, precision crystal clock oscillators, ceramic filters-resonators, metal power inductors and multiple other circuit board level components that will be introduced near term.
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The company’s commitment to research and development has kept ECS on the leading edge of crystal, oscillator and metal power inductor technologies.

Expert Engineering for Next-Generation Mobility

Expert Engineering for Next-Generation Mobility

PTM Corporation

From prototype to assembly line, PTM Corporation delivers exceptional service to customers – and safety to automobile drivers and passengers.
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There are many life-savers out there: doctors, firefighters, paramedics. But what about the people who build the airbags in our cars? After all, airbags are critical safety devices just like seatbelts. The gas-inflated cushions are built into the steering wheel, dashboard, door or seat of the car with a crash sensor that triggers a rapid expansion to protect you from the impact of an accident.

Providing Valuable Savings to Families with Solar and Energy Efficiency

PosiGen

PosiGen provides solar and energy efficiency solutions with a unique approach. Rather than customizing solar products for individual houses, the company offers three separate sizes that work for every customer. The size of the system installed on a house is based on the consumption of energy in the home and the total roof size available considering shading issues. This method allows PosiGen to drive its cost of installing solar down lower than any other company in the industry.
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“We install solar about 30 percent more cheaply than the industry average right now, and that allows us to provide greater savings to our customers,” says Thomas Neyhart, CEO. “And pairing energy efficiency with every solar install that we do creates that much more savings for the customer.”

Generating Change

Generating Change

Petrotech

It is always a pleasure to come across a company that is the expert in regard to its field’s best practices and standards. Petrotech Inc., a specialist in the latest industrial instrumentation and controls technology, is just such a company.
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Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Petrotech, Inc. has controlled, protected, and serviced large turbomachinery like turbines and compressors for the world’s energy giants for over forty years.

Sustainable Energy for a Global Community

GenPro Energy Solutions

Engineering procurement construction company GenPro Energy Solutions focuses on energy efficiency and energy production in commercial, governmental and residential markets. The sustainable energy company has grown considerably over its fifteen years and now serves over two hundred energy dealers across the United States and projects around the world.
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Dwight Patterson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of GenPro Energy, believes that the company has come about its success naturally.

Adding Value for Clients through Innovation, Quality and Continuous Improvement

Adding Value for Clients through Innovation, Quality and Continuous Improvement

Cogent Power

Cogent Power, Inc. designs and produces materials and components for transformers, generators, and motors. The company is the largest manufacturer of electro-transformer components in all of Canada and emphasizes quality, safety, and innovation. It uses lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles to enhance its products and processes.
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Much is the same at Cogent Power, Inc. since Business in Focus profiled the manufacturer in June 2016. Cogent Power continues to offer “the same general product mix we’ve been supplying for a long time,” states Cogent Power President Ron Harper. “We still focus primarily on products and materials that go into power and distribution transformers.” On the other hand, vast changes have taken place in some of the sectors that the Burlington, Ontario-based company serves.

Community is at the Heart of this Family Business

Community is at the Heart of this Family Business

Kendrick, Inc.

Good forest management and fine-crafted wood products are the foundation of Kendrick, Inc. in northeast Iowa. There’s also a real sense of community and giving back that has been part of this family business for more than 30 years.
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Black walnut, with its rich color and lustrous finish, is a favorite hardwood for traditional furniture and architectural millwork. It’s timeless and classic, and it’s the signature bestseller for Kendrick, Inc., a company that has built a reputation for beautiful wood products, from custom cabinetry to personalized signs and photo wall art.

Leading Industry Change through Innovative Practices

Domino Highvoltage Supply

Domino Highvoltage Supply Inc. provides power-related products and services. Primarily, the company is a high-voltage power line distributor, involved in the stocking, packaging, and selling of material required to build overhead or underground distribution lines, substations, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and transmission lines.
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Domino began in the garage of company president Grant Lockhart in 2005 on just a single $5000.00 credit card, buying and selling power equipment and parts. The company’s history is one that Lockhart refers to as a “choose your own adventure.”

Seeing Waste Differently

Seeing Waste Differently

Anaergia

Anaergia’s proprietary technologies create renewable energy and fertilizers from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, generating new revenue sources for clients while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Burlington, Ontario-based company has fourteen satellite offices and three manufacturing plants from which it serves nearly two thousand resource recovery customers around the globe.
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Back in 2015, we spoke with Anaergia’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Benedek. He took us through a journey of environmentally conscious practices spearheaded by his company that made the future look increasingly bright. From innovative resource recovery projects to wastewater and solid waste management, new technologies were enabling the company to surge forward in areas such as California in reducing our carbon footprint.

An ACT® Work Ready Community

An ACT® Work Ready Community

Cherokee County, KS

When Dorothy was swept up by a tornado into the Land of Oz, all she could think about was how she was going to get back to Kansas, because, as she so famously said, ‘There’s no place like home.’ Nearly 120 years after L. Frank Baum penned those lines, that hometown feeling remains in Kansas’ Cherokee County while it moves forward, attracting business and industry.
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Economic Development Director Janet Miller says she enjoys the small town atmosphere of Cherokee County. She has lived in Kansas “off and on all my life, so Kansas is home, and I’ve lived in Cherokee County for the past five years, and it has a real hometown feel. The people are caring; it’s in a central location; you can get to a lot of places relatively easily, and I just love the feeling of being here. You can’t beat it.” People, she adds, feel safe walking at night, and you see children walking home from school.

The Boons of Hard Work and a Great Location

The Boons of Hard Work and a Great Location

Boonslick Regional Planning Commission

The Boonslick Region is a growing part of the State of Missouri, bound by the beautiful Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Boonslick comprises three counties: Warren, Lincoln, and Montgomery. These counties are favored destinations for burgeoning businesses and skilled job seekers, and Boonslick’s population (currently around 100,000) is still set to reach 150,000 by 2030.
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Since Business in Focus last featured the Boonslick Region in 2017, there has been a major push toward workforce development, both to keep the growing community economically robust and in anticipation of further growth to come. In the last two years, this manufacturing hub has seen tens of millions of dollars in investment and hundreds of new jobs. Part of the reason for that is ACT, a non-profit dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Through the ACT Work Ready Communities® (WRC) program, ACT’s workforce solutions are helping counties, states, and regions throughout the U.S. to thrive by providing workers with training in key skills that are required in 77 percent of jobs.

Supporting Capital Investment and Workforce Development

Supporting Capital Investment and Workforce Development

Taney County Partnership

Taney County is located in the southwestern region of Missouri and has a population of approximately 50,000. The county seat in Taney is Forsyth, yet the county is more well-known for the city of Branson, a popular tourist destination…
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The city became famous in 1907 when Harold Bell Wright wrote a book about the Ozark Mountains in Missouri called “The Shepherd of the Hills”. The Shepherd of The Hills Historic Homestead and Old Mill Theatre is located in Branson and it was the first tourist attraction in the Ozarks.

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