June 2015

A Hidden Gem in the Greater Houston Area

A Hidden Gem in the Greater Houston Area

Texas City, Texas

Located on the shores of Galveston Bay about 35 miles from Houston, the City of Texas City has long been known as an industrial powerhouse. Thanks to growth in Greater Houston and the Galveston Bay Area, Texas City is presently undergoing a renaissance and is poised to attract even more businesses and residents to the area.
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Executive Director of Management Services Nick Finan and Administrative Coordinator James Hartshorn spoke to Business in Focus about the development and growth in Texas City.

Fighting for the Franchise Industry

Fighting for the Franchise Industry

International Franchise Association

Time and time again, franchising has proved to be a winning business model. “There is a reason that franchising has outpaced growth of the overall U.S. economy for the past five years,” says International Franchise Association (IFA) President & CEO Steve Caldeira. “It’s a time-tested and proven business model and if you follow the template correctly and you work very hard, then you are going to be successful, more often than not.”
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This tried and true business model also provides remarkable opportunities for veterans, minorities, women and folks from all walks of life – folks that may have even started as an entry-level employee. “We like to say that franchising is a way to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself,” Mr. Caldeira shares. “A lot of these franchisees were once hourly employees. They learn the system and create business ownership opportunities unlike other industries. It can’t get more American Dream than franchising.”

High-Visibility Clothing for Your Safety Needs

High-Visibility Clothing for Your Safety Needs

M.L. Kishigo

For over 40 years, M.L. Kishigo has designed safety and high-visibility apparel built to last. As the industry leader of high-visibility apparel, the company continues to design and develop products dedicated to ensuring the safety of workers across a variety of industries. We spoke with CEO Greg Hayward to find out more about the company and its plans for the future.
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“Unlike many companies, our products are made and designed right here in America,” Hayward says. “We make our products in our facility and send a lot of inventory overseas. Whether a product is made in the U.S. or overseas, the expectations of the customer should be the same. Our mantra is committed toward providing the best garments in the industry and providing innovative designs.”

Over 160 Years Dedicated to Safety and Service

Over 160 Years Dedicated to Safety and Service

N.H. Bragg

An emphasis on safety and a conservative approach to growth are just two of the many reasons N.H. Bragg has been so successful since its beginnings in 1854. Focusing on excellent customer service to help provide ideas, products and services that reduce costs and streamline the purchasing process for clients means that N.H. Bragg has been able to provide businesses with the tools and equipment they need to operate successfully.
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Headquartered in Bangor, Maine, N.H. Bragg is a family-owned and operated company that distributes industrial, safety, and janitorial equipment, supplying more than 3,500 customers throughout Maine and New Hampshire. These customers include pulp and paper mills, manufacturers, utilities and government entities as well as fleet operators, contractors, welding fabricators and local machine and repair shops. The company originally started as a blacksmith supplier, selling coal and bellows, anvils and hammering tools, as well as steel and buggy parts.

Igniting Passion and Empowering Change

Igniting Passion and Empowering Change

Absolute Change Management

Absolute Change Management was founded in 1999 and formally incorporated in 2002, by Dave Peters who was then joined by partner Dave Muir. Much different than the typical, sometimes top heavy, change management organizations and consultancies, the company is lean, built upon a philosophy that “recognizes that people are a large part of all business processes; that good relationships make processes work well.”
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Absolute Change Management has enjoyed significant success, resulting from the successes of its clients. Its simple yet effective methods employ reason, opportunity and respect (ROR) to empower change in organizations and companies of varying sizes. ACM engages employees and management to undertake initiatives that encourage continuous change, long after its services have ceased.

More Than a Printing Company

More Than a Printing Company

ABC Imaging

ABC Imaging is pioneering the printing revolution. From what started as a small one-man company, ABC Imaging has grown into an international empire.
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With the creation of innovative cloud-based technologies, the company has gained widespread industry attention and the clientele to match. Medi Falsafi, current President and founder of ABC Imaging, provided us some insight on the company’s growth.

Manufacturing with a Purpose – Fire Resistance, Redefined

Manufacturing with a Purpose – Fire Resistance, Redefined

Apparel Solutions International

The function of clothing is typically in the areas of fashion or style, designed to keep one comfortable. Apparel Solutions International Inc. is a work wear clothing manufacturer with a different purpose: A company committed to safety.
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Apparel Solutions International Inc. (ASI), manufacturers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety clothing, has been a pioneer in specialized work wear to protect workers in the oil and gas, forestry, electrical utilities and wild land firefighting industries. The company is a leading manufacturer of quality flame resistant clothing and strives to make safety its number one priority. We spoke with Mike Ens, Sales Manager, Peter Clark, VP of Technical and Training and Tom Legare, President of ASI.

A Solid Footing

A Solid Footing

Weinbrenner Shoe Company

If a company has been around for well over 100 years, then it is certainly doing something right. Weinbrenner Shoe Company is thriving, even as it changes with the times…
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This traditional speciality shoe company has enjoyed double-digit growth over the last seven years as it invests in automation and lean manufacturing. We spoke with President Pat Miner and Marketing Manager Bianca Boettcher.

Safety Will Always Be In Style

Safety Will Always Be In Style

Safety Smart Gear

Speaking with Al DiGregorio, owner of Safety Smart Gear, you quickly get the sense that safety is not merely a buzzword, but rather it is paramount to every aspect of our work and our lives.
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As June is National Safety Month, DiGregorio wants to ensure that safety is not only recognized and promoted in the workplace, but adopted everywhere. He and his team at Safety Smart Gear are working hard to share knowledge as well as equip individuals and industry professionals with necessary resources and support, along with their dynamic lineup of safety products.

The Right Fit for Industrial Workers

The Right Fit for Industrial Workers

Ironclad Performance Wear

Gloves that offer protection and performance for industrial operations can be hard to find. Since 1998, Ironclad Performance Wear has become a world leader in glove technology, providing workers around the globe gloves they can rely on to perform difficult duties in the toughest environments, protect their hands, and get the job done.
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Headquartered today in Farmers Branch, Texas, near Dallas, Ironclad Performance Wear was founded by Ed Jaeger. After years of riding motorcycles, Jaeger was aware that gloves were designed specifically for dirt bikes, road bikes, or off-road racing, constructed with materials like Kevlar and ballistic nylon, and fit snugly on the user. On jobsites, however, Jaeger realized that workers such as plumbers, masonry workers, demolition workers, electricians and construction workers were not using gloves because many found them to be bulky and only available in one size.

Health & Wellness Consulting Solutions

Health & Wellness Consulting Solutions

Bravo Wellness

Implementing wellness incentives and programs that enhance the lives of employees and control costs has become increasingly important for many businesses. Meeting this need since 2008, Bravo Wellness provides companies with innovative approaches to administering such programs to ensure workers are living their best lives and employers are investing wisely.
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Cleveland, Ohio-based Bravo Wellness provides wellness incentive program consulting and administrative services regarding health insurance to businesses, their employees and health insurance providers. The company offers a consultative and innovative approach in administering wellness programs, tailoring its solutions to what works best for each client’s culture.

Caring and Competing

Caring and Competing

24Hr HomeCare

As California’s largest private and most reliable home care company, 24Hr HomeCare has experienced significant growth and now serves thousands of clients. With the goal of helping individuals regain health, wellbeing and independence, 24Hr HomeCare’s team of Caregivers is committed to providing world-class care and companionship. Clients are helped with activities of daily living (ADL) and other non-medical home care needs as well as transportation.
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At 24Hr HomeCare, there is an organization-wide commitment to providing the very best care to ensure the highest quality of life for clients at their most vulnerable time. The objective behind all that 24Hr HomeCare and its Caregivers do is to help individuals to continue to lead full, healthy and active lifestyles. Caregivers, using their extensive knowledge and training, provide a number of services to clients, including access to customized care programs that meet specific needs. Services are provided with the guarantee that a Caregiver will be present within three hours of a client’s initial request for urgent matters, while a member of management can meet with a client within two hours. Research suggests this is unmatched in the industry.

Fitness with Punch

Fitness with Punch

Title Boxing Club

Fitness fads come and go (does anyone remember Tae Bo?), but it takes a tried and true method to have staying power. Coming to a suburb and or major city centre near you is Title Boxing Club. The “fitness club with a punch” has a solid business plan that has undergone massive expansion within a few short years.
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At Title Boxing Club, personal trainers help members burn 1,000 calories in a single hour with total body boxing and kickboxing fitness workouts that cater to all ages and genders. Business in Focus spoke with one of its founders and current CEO, Tom Lyons, to learn more.

Serving Major Oilfield Companies

Serving Major Oilfield Companies

Tutle & Tutle Trucking, Inc.

Filling the demand for fracking sand and other essential oilfield products requires trucking companies that have large, well-maintained vehicles, highly-experienced operators, superior customer service and an unparalleled record for safety. These factors, and many others, are reasons why oilfield customers keep coming back to Tutle & Tutle Trucking, Inc.
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In the oilfield, sand remains an integral part of the fracking process. After shale rock formations are filled with water and chemicals under pressure, sand is used to keep newly-opened cracks open. Frackers were estimated to use 95 billion pounds of sand in 2014, a jump of thirty percent from the year before, according to the Wall Street Journal. Tutle & Tutle Trucking makes sure it gets on site.

A Billion Dollar Goal

A Billion Dollar Goal

Austin Exploration

Austin Exploration is involved in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil. Founded in Australia in 2006, the company soon shifted its focus to the United States to take advantage of new opportunities. “We were just starting to see the emergence of the unconventional plays,” remembers COO/Executive Director Guy Goudy.
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The team turned their attention to these unconventional plays in order to reach their goal of becoming a billion dollar company. “Guy and I started working on positioning the company into some of the largest basins in North America in terms of oil,” says Chairman / President / CEO Dr. Mark Hart. “We knew we had to have large properties if we were going to be a billion dollar company. We would have to have properties that would allow us to produce [enough] oil and cash flow.”

Improving Our Today, Safeguarding Our Future

Improving Our Today, Safeguarding Our Future

TETRA Technologies

The company works side by side with its customers to engineer products and deliver services that create more value whether they be for applications in deepwater, unconventional hydrocarbons or production and water management. Known widely for its work in completion fluids, the company also offers water management and frac flowback. TETRA Technologies is providing technology-driven solutions to the ever-changing needs of its customers.

Managing Water

Managing Water

Emco Waterworks

With more than 40 locations across Canada, Emco Waterworks is the nation’s largest waterworks distributor. The company carries an exhaustive list of pipe, valves and fitting product lines and has become the go-to supplier for a range of specialized waterworks management projects.
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The business has enjoyed substantial growth in recent years, but the company is still committed to maintaining a personal relationship with every customer. “Emco Waterworks offers the power of dealing with a national company while still retaining the feel of dealing with a small, privately held company,” the company website states. “With a network of over 50 profit centres spread across Canada, the local managers of these profit centres are empowered to act like owners to partner with vendors of their choice to offer their customers the best solution for their local markets. At the same time, by leveraging our purchasing power and centralizing transactions, we can operate more efficiently than our smaller regional competitors.”

High-Quality Truck Manufacturing for the Oilfield

High-Quality Truck Manufacturing for the Oilfield

Synergy Wireline Equipment

As one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of wireline equipment, Synergy Wireline Equipment is dedicated to quality, innovation, and excellent customer service.
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Headquartered in Burleson, Texas, Synergy Wireline Equipment started in 2003 and has specialized in the design, build, and delivery of a full line of Cased Hole and Open Hole trucks for the oil and gas industry. In 2007, Synergy Wire and Cable was introduced, specializing in building electric line cables. We spoke with company President Paul Morrison to learn more.

More Than a Village

More Than a Village

Village of Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin is the fourth largest community in Waukesha County. While its population is approximately 36,000, it competes quite well against larger centers with regards to economics and development.
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The Village’s population is expected to grow by close to eleven percent over the next decade, and developments are many. This village is a bustle of activity, and Business in Focus spoke with Planning Technician Gabe Gilbertson, Planning Technician Tyler Zwagerman and Director of Community Development Matt Carran to find out more.

A Leader in Underground Mining Equipment

A Leader in Underground Mining Equipment

Amalgamated Mining, Inc.

Underground mining requires singular equipment and special tools to excavate tunnels and locate precious minerals and metals. For a quarter-century now, Amalgamated Mining Equipment, Ltd. has provided the equipment customers need to perform these duties.
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Originally launched as a single company focused on rebuilding and refurbishing underground mining equipment, Amalgamated Mining Equipment, Ltd. (AME) has evolved into three distinctive corporations based out of Edmonton, Alberta.

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