July 2016

Growing WiselyVillage of Huntley, IL

Growing Wisely

Village of Huntley, IL

The Village of Huntley in McHenry and Kane Counties, Illinois describes itself as “the friendly village with country charm,” and it has managed to retain that throughout its incredible expansion. Rapid growth caused the quadrupling of the city’s population between 2000 (5,730 residents) and the present (26,000).

Embracing the FutureFranklin County Area Development Corporation

Embracing the Future

Franklin County Area Development Corporation

Located in the heart of South Central Pennsylvania, Franklin County is fast becoming the place to start a new business or relocate an existing company. The historic county continues to remain true to its agricultural roots, as it welcomes companies of all sizes. Numerous well-known and respected companies such as multinational Proctor & Gamble, Volvo Construction Equipment, JLG Industries, Inc. and the Letterkenny Army Depot call the area home.

Providing the Tools to Make it in Mercer County, PAPenn Northwest Development Corporation

Providing the Tools to Make it in Mercer County, PA

Penn Northwest Development Corporation

Mercer County is an ideal location for manufacturing operations—and much more. Since the Penn-Northwest Development Corporation (PNDC) kicked off the “Make it in Mercer County!” campaign four years ago, 16 new companies have located in the business friendly community. And that is only the beginning; the county’s aggressive business attraction strategies continue to draw interest from big name corporations.

Improving Performance, Advancing PotentialBluedrop Performance Learning

Improving Performance, Advancing Potential

Bluedrop Performance Learning

Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. provides innovative workplace training and simulation software for occupational health and safety organizations, workforce systems, NGOs, the public sector and the aerospace and defence industries. Its SaaS software and services improve organizational and individual performance. We spoke with its founder and CEO Emad Rizkalla.

Helping the World Trade Through Trade Show ExhibitsSkyline Exhibits

Helping the World Trade Through Trade Show Exhibits

Skyline Exhibits

Skyline Exhibits is on a mission to “help the world trade,” says President Bill Dierberger. To this end, Skyline offers a wide variety of products for exhibitors at trade shows including back wall displays, fabric structures, towers, pop-ups, tabletop displays, banner stands and panel systems. Skyline makes its own materials and has won awards for its work.

Decades of Engineering ExpertiseBelcan Engineering Automation

Decades of Engineering Expertise

Belcan Engineering Automation

Since it was founded almost sixty years ago, Belcan Corporation has grown to become one of the best known names across the U.S. and around the globe when it comes to engineering services. Belcan is dedicated to the ongoing success of its clients and provides quality outsourced engineering and staffing solutions to clients in transportation, aviation, consumer, energy, heavy equipment, industrial, lighting, marine and medical fields.

Solving the Hard ProblemsD & K Engineering

Solving the Hard Problems

D & K Engineering

Founded in 2000 as a design services firm, D&K Engineering has established itself as a full-service, end-to-end design, engineering, and manufacturing services provider with several hundred patents and experience on over 350 projects. D&K has become a trusted partner in delivering complex, innovative products and solutions from concept to completion.

Advanced Manufacturing Process Solutions from a Highly Skilled WorkforceTech-Con Automation

Advanced Manufacturing Process Solutions from a Highly Skilled Workforce

Tech-Con Automation

Tech-Con Automation designs, builds and installs automated manufacturing and robotic solutions for a range of clients from automotive suppliers, consumer goods and agriculture to food & beverage companies. Founded in 1995 and based in Burlington, Ontario, Tech-Con is an authorized integrator of FANUC and Yaskawa Motoman industrial robots. The company’s automated manufacturing solutions make material handling, assembly, palletizing and waterjet cutting and cleaning more efficient.

The Future of Cement in North America

The Future of Cement in North America

Privately-held McInnis Cement Inc. was formed following the Beaudier Group’s acquisition of Cimbec in December of 2011, and the many decades of combined experience will be showcased by the new plant and a strategically-located marine terminal.

A Reputation Forged in QualityPatriot Forge

A Reputation Forged in Quality

Patriot Forge

Patriot Forge is the largest open die forger in Canada, with a reputation for quality forgings that spans the globe. Headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, with additional plants in Paris, Ontario and Canton, Ohio, this is a full-service firm that creates products of the highest quality, backed by exceptional service and support, at a competitive price.

Bright Idea, Broad ApplicationPowerFilm

Bright Idea, Broad Application


For nearly three decades, PowerFilm’s expertise in semiconductor and solar energy development and research has led to the creation a highly innovative, durable and lightweight technology that harnesses the power of the sun for a diverse range of uses.

Supporting SolarSolar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Supporting Solar

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Solar energy is growing by leaps and bounds. “It took us more than 40 years to get to a million [solar installations], and our data tells us that it will take only two years to get to two million,” says Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications for Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “So we are really growing at a warp speed in the solar industry.”

Shining BrightCritical Elements Corporation

Shining Bright

Critical Elements Corporation

Working with a key group of well-respected financial institutions such as J.P Morgan Asset Management U.K. – which works with investors from around the world – Quebec-based Critical Elements Corporation (TSX-V: CRE) (US OTCQX: CRECF) (FSE: F12) recently announced the closing of a $6 million private placement. The placement is led by Canaccord Genuity Corp., a leading independent, full-service financial services firm…

Leading the Blue RevolutionMarine Harvest Canada

Leading the Blue Revolution

Marine Harvest Canada

Salmon is a healthy source of protein and a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as Omega-3 fatty acids. The oily fish is part of a healthy, well-balanced diet and helps to support both physical and mental wellbeing. Marine Harvest’s farm-raised Atlantic salmon is high-quality and nutritious and sustainably satisfies five million people around the world each day.

Defending your Business in the Digital AgeSMEs are Juicy Targets for Cyber Criminals

Defending your Business in the Digital Age

SMEs are Juicy Targets for Cyber Criminals

The problems associated with running a small business are many and varied: are your customers going to pay your invoices in time? Do you have enough work to hire that extra person? Is your supply chain robust enough to deal with sudden changes in demand? Up until recently, there wasn’t much chance that cyber security was on the list of typical worries for a small business owner, but that’s changing…


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