October 2020

Adapting to a Changed Market and Continuing to Grow

Adapting to a Changed Market and Continuing to Grow

Norstar

Norstar manufactures quality truck beds and trailers to be sold throughout North America under the brands Norstar Truck Beds and Iron Bull Trailers. The four brothers who established the company in 2012 have led it through rapid growth, quickly developing an exemplary reputation across major marketplaces.

Moving Customers Forward

Moving Customers Forward

Omnitrans

In a world turned upside down by the challenges and limitations of COVID-19, Omnitrans is a full-service logistic trendsetter trusted by international giants for a host of user-friendly, modern solutions coupled with true customer care.

Growing to Meet Global Demand

Growing to Meet Global Demand

The Bucket Shop

The Canadian Shield, the hardest, most abrasive rock in Northern Ontario, runs its course throughout the assets of the mining industry. From Scoop trams to Excavators, it grinds its toll into buckets and blades of every mining enterprise.

Welcoming Business

Welcoming Business

City of Bellevue, NE

Situated in the heart of the Great Plains, the City of Bellevue, Nebraska enjoys an ideal location along rolling hills overlooking the Missouri River with easy access to Omaha. From a thriving economy and highly ranked schools to over 600 acres of parkland and plenty of Midwestern hospitality, the community ticks all the boxes.

Investing in Community

Investing in Community

City of Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Building on its central location, rich history and accessibility to airports, highway and rail transportation, Wisconsin Rapids is building on its strengths and investing in its people to create a unique sense of place.

Finding New Ways to Grow

Finding New Ways to Grow

City of Kissimmee, FL

The City of Kissimmee is Osceola County’s crown jewel and county seat, and, while this is one of Central Florida’s favorite tourist destinations, there is much more to this well-organized city than first meets the eye. From being the first city in Florida to run all of its City-owned facilities on solar power, to being home to one of Florida’s most remarkable airports, the City of Kissimmee means business.

The NFL’s Newest City is Setting Its Own Course

The NFL’s Newest City is Setting Its Own Course

City of Henderson, NV

If you’re a Raiders fan and living in the Las Vegas Valley, these are extremely happy days. The NFL team has its new home – and an incredible $1.9 billion 65,000-seat domed stadium – in the City of Henderson, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

City of Auburn, AL

A walk down Auburn’s main thoroughfare is a nostalgic stroll back in time, to when families stopped at the corner drugstore’s soda fountain and neighbors knew each other’s names. Today, locals still enjoy camaraderie and cold drinks at Toomer’s Drugs, which set up shop on the corner of Magnolia Avenue in 1896. Located across the street from Auburn University, the beloved landmark is also a favorite with students, who are welcomed as part of the community during the school year. It is this mix of small-town charm, southern hospitality, and student culture that creates a thriving local scene for both young and old to enjoy.

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

The Business of Jewels and Gemstones

The ethical jewelry trade rose proudly — albeit quietly — from the dust of earlier centuries’ lust for bling at any cost. Films like Blood Diamond remind us of exactly how dark the human addiction to glitz and glamour was becoming before we chose change.

E-commerce in the Time of COVID-19

E-commerce in the Time of COVID-19

The Evolution of the Online Marketplace

The concept of e-commerce surfaced in the 1960s, but only in 1994 did the first transactions take place. Over the decades, buying and selling through data transmission has transformed commerce as the technology and capacity of the net has grown beyond all recognition.

From a Forge to a Vocational Vehicle Suspension and Steering Powerhouse

From a Forge to a Vocational Vehicle Suspension and Steering Powerhouse

Simard Suspensions

Simard Suspensions designs, manufactures, and installs front and rear suspensions and steering systems for vocational trucks. The Quebec-based firm has a new assembly plant, a popular patented front tandem suspension system, and a culture of innovation. The company also does truck conversions and offers a cutting-edge line of modified vocational vehicles for off-road work.

New Markets and Machinery Take Center Stage for this Prominent Packaging Company

New Markets and Machinery Take Center Stage for this Prominent Packaging Company

Kaufman Container

Kaufman Container has been a leader in the packaging industry for over 100 years, yet they continue to find new and innovative ways to evolve as a company. They have adopted new markets, invested in new state-of-the-art decorating equipment and have put an emphasis on sustainability. In other words, a lot has changed since Business in Focus last profiled Kaufman Container in 2016.

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