June 2016

Forged by History, Focused on the Future

Forged by History, Focused on the Future

Cutter Aviation

Cutter Aviation provides the highest standards of customer care in all its business areas: from line services and charter flights to aircraft management, maintenance and aircraft sales. The company has been in business for eighty-eight years and has a well-earned reputation in the industry from many loyal repeat customers.
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Centuries before brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright made history with the world’s first, sustained flight with a powered, controlled, heavier-than-air craft, man looked to the skies and envied the birds soaring overhead. Many tried to break the bonds of earth over the years in everything from kites and hot air balloons to wing suits and bizarre bicycle-powered contraptions which could barely move a few feet without toppling over, let alone take flight.

Growing by Going Lean

Growing by Going Lean

Cogent Power

Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Cogent Power Inc. is the largest manufacturer of electro-transformer components in Canada. The firm has operated in Canada for over four decades and has sister companies in Sweden and the United Kingdom. Cogent is run as part of a European group of companies owned by Indian conglomerate, Tata Steel.
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Cogent Power Inc., which supplies components and materials for motors, transformers and generators, is having a growth spurt. The firm is rapidly expanding, in terms of both revenue and personnel. According to President Ron Harper, Cogent’s success can be partly attributed to the company’s embrace of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement principles.

The Holy Grail of Assembly Automation

The Holy Grail of Assembly Automation

Transformix

Transformix’s highly flexible, repeatable and precise technology is the first of its kind in the world. The company has developed a disruptive, game-changing technology that allows its clients to achieve productivity and efficiency like never before.
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Just as the name suggests, Transformix has effectively transformed the way things are done and how products are assembled, using innovation in automation to accomplish what was previously considered impossible. Transformix grew from providing design and fabrication services for traditional automated machines to developing CNCAssembly®, a true game changer for the assembly-automation industry.

Shredding Cars and More

Shredding Cars and More

Quad Plus

Quad Plus in Joliet, Illinois, provides industrial control systems, solutions and services. Its team of mechanical and electrical engineers provides “technology-based solutions for all types of plant automation platforms. This includes plants, mills, factories, mines, et cetera. Essentially, anything that includes process or line control/automation,” says Joe Kowalkowski, General Manager of the Quad Plus Large Drive Division.
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As a systems integrator involved in the recycling industry, the company is particularly well-known for supplying motors, controls and other parts for industrial shredders (machines that shred cars that is, not office paper).

Innovative Processes Driven by Innovative People

Innovative Processes Driven by Innovative People

Innovative Automation

Innovative Automation’s rise to success has been supported by a deep knowledge of the industry, experience and exceptional technical capacity. The company was founded in 1989 by three gentlemen with a great deal of expertise and a drive to create a company all their own. They succeeded in an industry that they knew quite well.
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As a result of the drive, industry expertise and abilities of James Carnegie, Paul Tyndall and Stephen Loftus, Innovative Automation was built into a world-class manufacturer, system integrator and automation solutions provider.

Creating Cameras for the Twenty First Century

Creating Cameras for the Twenty First Century

Automation Engineering

Cameras have become an integral component of the modern age. From cell phones and security systems to next generation cars, the explosive expansion of camera technology is expected to fuel a net increase of over 2 billion camera modules, growing the capital equipment market from $150 million in 2015 to more than $500 million per year by 2020.
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Automation Engineering Inc. (AEi) is a global leader in this lucrative and rapidly growing high tech market . The Massachusetts based company is a premier supplier of capital equipment used by manufacturers worldwide to assemble and test camera modules and optical subsystems used in the automotive, consumer, mobile, security, and medical markets. From cameras for automated emergency braking (AEB) systems to gesture recognition technologies and drones, AEi is delivering leading edge solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 100 customers. “Our biggest market push right now is from the automotive market, as we are enabling the use of cameras for all aspects of safety systems in automobiles today and autonomous vehicles for tomorrow,” says CEO Doug Elder.

A New Era of Growth and Success

A New Era of Growth and Success

Cessco Fabrication and Engineering

For almost seventy years, Cessco has served western Canada as a leading custom heavy fabricator. The company has been providing clients in the oil sands, gas processing, petrochemical, pulp and paper, power generation and mining sectors with design integrity, quality workmanship and unsurpassed customer service.
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It is this commitment to service, paired with its extensive capabilities, expertise and long-standing industry reputation that has led to the company’s continued growth and success throughout the decades.

Creating a Sustainable Network

Creating a Sustainable Network

Teltech Communications

Lisa Hanlon co-founded Teltech Communications in 1999, launching the humble startup from a garage with just two employees. Seventeen years later, the company employs 170 people and boasts locations in five states, with main offices in Colorado and Texas.
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The innovative venture has earned its place as a global supplier of communications solutions for network, wireless, and wireline equipment and related services.

Ready for Anything

Ready for Anything

Ready Engineering Corporation

Ready Engineering Corporation is based in Spruce Grove, Alberta with offices in the United States and Canada. It is an industry-leading, global provider of electrical, controls and industrial information systems engineering services for a wide array of industries, and is approaching its twentieth year in business.
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The highly technical and specialized work that Ready does is crucial to the operation of industrial plants and the nuclear industry. Business in Focus spoke with Principal Chris Stasiuk and Vice President of Operations Jeff Whitt.

A Modern Manufacturing Success Story

A Modern Manufacturing Success Story

City of Rochester, NH

Rochester is one of the fastest growing cities in the Seacoast of New Hampshire, attracting a steady stream of enterprises eager to take advantage of the business-friendly environment. Already a regional commercial center for the state’s southern lakes region, recent growth builds on the city’s long established strengths…
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Historically a manufacturing community, the city of 33,000 continues to support a strong manufacturing sector. “Like many New England communities, Rochester has a long history behind it,” says Economic Development Manager, Karen G. Pollard. “Ours is all in textiles. And over time that has really given a depth of knowledge in manufacturing.” Today, that rich experience is providing the foundation for advanced manufacturing, ensuring that the community maintains its economic success in the 21st century. “We continue to have strength in textiles, but also in composite materials. Our history has really helped us transition into modern manufacturing.”

Where Arts & Industry Meet

Where Arts & Industry Meet

Granite City, IL

Centrally located along the banks of the Mississippi River in America’s heartland, Granite City, Illinois was ideally situated when the industrial revolution took off in the United States. Frederick and William Niedringhaus recognized the area’s potential and chose the site for the location of their company, which would grow to become Granite City Steel…
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The brothers founded Granite City in 1896 to support their burgeoning steel-related businesses, carefully laying out a municipal plan to benefit both workers and industry. “Granite City is a great place to do business because our town was founded for the purpose of doing business, and to be a great place to live while you do business,” says Economic Development Director James B. Amos.

A Small City Embraces Big Change to Spark Development

A Small City Embraces Big Change to Spark Development

City of Collinsville, IL

Collinsville, Illinois is a small city (population: 25,579) strategically located in Southwestern Illinois near several Interstate highways. Collinsville boosters are eager to attract new businesses, residents and tourists to a place they say is on an upward trajectory. The city has a thriving uptown, preserved historic buildings, an enviable quality of life, tax breaks for companies and a pro-business attitude.
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“We are the heart of Southwestern Illinois,” says Leah Joyce, uptown coordinator and interim economic development and tax increment financing (TIF) director for Collinsville. The town is “only nine miles from downtown St. Louis. Collinsville is surrounded by Interstates 55, 70, 255 and 270, which link it to the rest of the country and make it less than an hour’s drive for 2.5 million people. Businesses choose Collinsville for its central location near the St. Louis region.”

Building the Future on Southern Ground

Building the Future on Southern Ground

Oconee County, GA

Oconee County enjoys a prime location, strategically nestled between Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. The community sits at the crossroads of two major highways, providing easy access to the surrounding metro areas…
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“We are in a really good place, close to some major markets, so that people can work in Atlanta or Athens and be back in time for dinner with their family,” Economic Development Director J.R. Charles points out. “And if anybody wanted to come in and manufacture and distribute a product they would be able to access our logistics network very easily.”

Growing Opportunities in Rural Georgia

Growing Opportunities in Rural Georgia

Douglas-Coffee County, GA

Douglas-Coffee County is one of Georgia’s fastest growing communities. “Coffee County has always been a great example of a rural community that is progressive and growing, despite the fact that we are over 30 miles from the nearest interstate,” says Andrea Taylor, President of Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Authority.
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Located in the scenic coastal plains of southeastern Georgia, the business-friendly community is nestled between four interstates and is close to three major ports. “So we have easy access to any one of them, no matter which way you are going.” Four lane highways whisk residents to any one of these interstates at 60 miles per hour – or to anywhere else in the southeastern United States.

Development through Well-being

Development through Well-being

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

In our December 2014 issue, the Greater St. Cloud region was referred to as ‘On the Grow,’ and now a strategic partnership has been formed to sustain the benefits of this growth. Greater St. Cloud and interested community members have taken steps to maximize the region’s advantages in order to support local businesses, residents and overall community well-being.
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Located in the heart of Minnesota, the Greater St. Cloud region boasts a diverse economy, a vibrant community, strong local leadership and a commitment to economic and social development. Local citizens, businesses and organizations are engaged in working collaboratively to define and implement economic development plans.

Keeping America Moving

Keeping America Moving

SEH

Owned by its valued employees, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. – known to many of its clients as SEH® – is a company on a mission: Building a Better World for All of Us®.
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Under the leadership of Sam Claassen, who serves as the company’s chief executive officer and president, SEH provides valuable engineering, architectural and planning, and construction solutions in six markets affecting our everyday lives, namely buildings, energy, environmental, infrastructure, transportation and water. SEH helps public and private clients meet their goals on a range of projects by looking at the big picture initially and then focusing on the details to create viable solutions.

Partnership, Excellence, Ethics, and Commitment

Partnership, Excellence, Ethics, and Commitment

DECCO

DECCO has been delivering mechanical contracting services to New England since 1934. Known for its quality and innovation, the Brookline, New Hampshire, based business specializes in utility piping installation, process and laboratory plumbing, specialty gas and chemical piping installation, turnkey tool/equipment installation, and a wide range of support services.
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The team serves the most technically challenging industries including life sciences, microelectronics/photonics, wastewater treatment systems, food and beverage, utility/power, and chemical/process.

A Century of Skill

A Century of Skill

Olsson Roofing

Based in Aurora, Illinois, Olsson Roofing is one of the leading roofing contractors in the U.S. Although it has been in operation for over one hundred years, the last few have seen incredible growth due to its new foray into furthering to develop its sheet metal division. It is also one of the safest companies for which to work and has an employee retention rate that is the envy of the industry.
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Olsson Roofing was founded in 1914 and was family-owned until 2003 when the company formed an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The employees have a vested interest in the success and the future of the company in the decisions they make on a daily basis.

Over Eighty Years of Comfort

Over Eighty Years of Comfort

Reiner Group

For over eighty years, Reiner Group Inc. has been installing and maintaining commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems to keep customers comfortable. The comprehensive heating and air conditioning contractor also performs related engineering, electrical and plumbing work to support its HVAC projects. We spoke with Vice President Tony Gasparovich to learn more.
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With a strong focus on quality and customer service, the company has generated a tremendous amount of loyalty over its many years in business. “We have been in business for eighty years, and a lot of our customers are those for whom we have replaced equipment we had installed twenty-five years ago,” shares Gasparovich.

25 Years of Success

25 Years of Success

HAKS

HAKS is celebrating a quarter century in business and has come a very long way since it was founded by Indian immigrant Husam Ahmad. Ahmad arrived in Queens, New York with a background in civil engineering and a dream of creating his own company…
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HAKS was founded as a partnership in 1991 with just two employees and incorporated in 1994. It has grown into an operation with 650 full-time employees and sixteen offices worldwide. And, despite years of expansion, one thing has remained consistent: the goal of providing the best construction management and inspection-related services possible.

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