June 2018

Innovative Products, Solutions and Services

Innovative Products, Solutions and Services

Drake Controls

Drake Controls is an authorized full-service distributor and service partner for Woodward, Inc. specializing in delivering complete machinery governing and protection solutions for industrial applications. As a Woodward Recognized Engine and Turbine Retrofit (RER and RTR) partner, Drake Controls delivers fully integrated control and protection systems for engine driven generator sets as well as steam and gas turbine driven machinery trains.
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An example of Drake Controls’ value proposition and primary focus presents itself in protecting critical equipment from often catastrophic risks. A turbine is engineered to run at a specific speed while carrying a certain load – say a pump or compressor. If the coupling that connects the turbine to the compressor breaks, it will continue turning with the force required to carry the expected load, but because the load is no longer connected, it will suddenly have enough energy within it to drastically increase its speed. This is often referred to as an ‘overspeed’ or runaway condition.

Safety First, Always

Safety First, Always

Creating a Safety Culture

There is not an industry or sector in which safety is not critical. Regardless of whether it is a construction company, retail or service provider, industrial manufacturer or food service firm, the safety of employees and customers should always be a priority.
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In fact, safety should be a condition of employment, both for an employee and an employer. An employer should operate their business in accordance with a robust program for the safety and well-being of the employee, and the employee must comply with it for their safety and that of the general public.

Safe and Sober

Safe and Sober

The Risks of Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

From white collar offices to blue collar manufacturing and everything in between, workers worldwide deal with stress every day. Some are able to handle it through positive outlets like exercising, hobbies, socializing, or spending time with family, while others unfortunately turn to drinking or drugs.
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While alcohol and drugs already present challenges to companies as it is, many businesses are sitting on pins and needles over the proposed legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada, which some view as adding yet another layer to the issue of substance abuse on the job.

A Trusted Advisor and Partner in Healthcare

A Trusted Advisor and Partner in Healthcare

Lifemark Health Group

Lifemark Health Group is one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in Canada. It has 177 clinics across the country and partners with many hospitals to provide specific rehabilitation services.
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Lifemark Health Group also collaborates with employers for a variety of occupational health related services including vision testing, audiometric testing, drug and alcohol testing and pre-employment screening.

The Hotel Group that Doesn’t Just Meet Expectations – It Exceeds them by Far

The Hotel Group that Doesn’t Just Meet Expectations – It Exceeds them by Far

Tharaldson Hospitality Management

Welcome to the hospitality management group that knows just how to make you feel at home – anywhere in the country. Its golden secret is anticipating guests’ needs through keeping its finger on the pulse of international trends and asking guests what makes them happiest – because at Tharaldson Hospitality Management, guests dictate the pace.
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The first thing you’ll notice upon checking into any of Tharaldson Hospitality Management’s hotels is that its staff are incredibly friendly; for this team, getting every detail right the first time means the bigger picture is taken care of in the best way possible. No effort is spared in setting guests up for a great experience during their business-class stay with this first-class operator.

Evolving with the Industry

Evolving with the Industry

Southbend and Star Group

Southbend and Star Group are divisions of the Middleby Corporation specializing in the manufacture of commercial cooking equipment.
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The company now known as Southbend was established in 1898 by a pair of South Bend, Indiana real estate agents as the Malleable Steel Range Manufacturing Company. Jacob Woolverton and William Kizer were successful entrepreneurs with a keen eye for profitable investments. They brought in Harry Engman, and Irving Sibley, both of whom were already connected to the industry and began building coal- and wood-fired kitchen ranges at a small location on East Tuft Street.

Changing Consumer Perceptions

Changing Consumer Perceptions

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association

Grocery bills are rising, and households are busier than ever, making many consumers recognize the convenience, choice and cost savings that come from frozen and refrigerated foods. Sales and selection in the frozen and dairy aisles of grocery stores continue to grow for reasons ranging from consumers seeing the benefits of portion control to generating less waste and having healthier meal and snack options. Under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Skip Shaw, the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Inc. (NFRA) serves as the voice of the industry.
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The NFRA is a trade association that represents all areas of the frozen and refrigerated foods industry from manufacturers and distributors to retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and sales agents. Its origins go back almost seventy-five years, and the association is still growing.

Where Natural Beauty Meets Opportunity

Shenandoah County, VA

The Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development department oversees both tourism and economic development in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Entrepreneurial development, tourism development and agricultural development are all key players in driving the county’s economy in addition to traditional industry and manufacturing, and combining the offices enables the organization to focus on diverse business factors. The county has a broad range of businesses, which has helped to keep the economy strong over the years.
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A large portion of the organization’s tourism efforts are based on attracting visitors from outside a 50 mile radius of the county, and these efforts also assist in attracting new business. “We are actually able to adapt a lot of our tourism marketing efforts to also promote a strong quality of life when it comes to recruiting businesses for economic development,” says Jenna French, Director of Shenandoah County Tourism and Economic Development.

Think Orange — Think Success!

Think Orange — Think Success!

Orange County, VA

Business owners and investors in Orange County, Virginia truly have it all. They benefit from a business-friendly climate, a skilled workforce, low tax rates, excellent transportation links, and a strategic location offering easy access to major cities, airports, ports, higher education facilities, and business and consumer markets. It’s no wonder Phil Geer, Director of Economic Development for the county, is saying everyone should ‘Think Orange’.
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“I can’t take credit for Orange County’s success, but the county has done a great job aligning themselves with the needs of businesspeople,” says Geer, who assumed the directorship just this past August. “I am, however, excited to be here and loving every minute of it.” A Virginia Tech graduate with eight years of experience working for private business and in regional economic development in the state, he’s quickly become a determined booster for Orange County businesses.

The Life You’ve Imagined Works Here

The Life You’ve Imagined Works Here

York County, VA

Luxury comes in many forms. Especially when your work and lifestyle are equally rich – as is the case in York County, with its four spectacularly beautiful seasons, just enough snow to keep the kids entertained, over 200 miles of Virginia coastline, and robust infrastructure, all creating a fertile business landscape that is backed up by great quality of life, top schools, and public safety.
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Part of the Greater Williamsburg region, York County is much more than just a great place for a vacation, despite being only two hours from snow-covered ski slopes and an hour from Virginia’s sunny beaches. With a growing economy and ideal infrastructure, business opportunities in this former tobacco port are ripe for the picking and the county is welcoming capital investors with typical Southern hospitality.

The Rural Community Committed to Workforce Development

The Rural Community Committed to Workforce Development

King George County, VA

Conveniently located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, along one of the largest rivers on the Atlantic Coast, lies the rustic community of King George County. With a population of about 25,000 people – and a density of 93 people per square mile – the rural setting marks the perfect spot for business owners looking for a conveniently located place to live and work, while enjoying a quieter pace of life surrounded by the beauty of nature.
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The county is less than two hours away from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia is within an hour’s reach. The 1,000-plus mile U.S. Route 301 runs right through the county and all the way down to Florida, while the almost 2,000-mile Interstate 95 (the East Coast’s major highway) is just a thirty-minute drive west. The eastern U.S.’s I-95 route begins at the U.S.-Canada border and ends in Miami, Florida.

Fresh Is Better

Fresh Is Better

Bays English Muffins

Bays Bakery Incorporated started in Chicago, in 1933, as the Bays English Muffin Corporation. Dedicated to quality service and product, the company has grown to distribute across the United States and abroad. In 2017, Bays proudly celebrated its eightieth anniversary.
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Bays English Muffin Corporation was started by George W. Bay Sr. “He started with one bakery, making English muffins using a family recipe that originated back to his family in England,” says Tom Robaczewski, vice president of sales at Bays Bakery Incorporated. “And he began selling them up and down the streets of Chicago, in brown paper bags.

Workforce Development Efforts Driven by Industry Needs

Workforce Development Efforts Driven by Industry Needs

Workforce Development Efforts Driven by Industry Needs

Rockford, Illinois is a city located in the western part of the greater Chicagoland area. It represents one of the largest communities in the state of Illinois outside of Chicago and is known for its history of manufacturing, particularly in aerospace. Within the Rockford region there are over 90 companies tied to aerospace and within a 90-minute radius there are over 250 aerospace-related companies.
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Its advanced manufacturing capabilities are a component that the Rockford Area Economic Development Council routinely markets out to the world. “We oftentimes use the tagline, ‘Every System, Every Aircraft,’ because if there is a commercial plane flying in the sky today, it has parts on it manufactured or designed right here in Rockford, Illinois area,” says Nathan Bryant, the president of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. “It is a source of pride and a source of opportunity for us.”

Success in Southern Illinois’ Heartland

Success in Southern Illinois’ Heartland

Jefferson County, IL

The goal of the Jefferson County Development Corporation is to connect people and businesses with the required services to increase productivity in the region. The organization’s most important role is providing assistance for business retention and expansion for its existing stakeholders, since nationally, 60 to 80 percent of the economic development is generated by existing employers.
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The Jefferson County Development Corporation (JCDC) also reaches out on the national and international levels to new business prospects, aiming to attract new companies to Jefferson County through trade shows, events and trade missions. Last year, for example, the JCDC accompanied Governor Bruce Rauner, and a team of economic development, educational and government professionals on a trade mission to Japan and China seeking foreign direct investment opportunities. The county has previously worked on expanding opportunities in freight and logistics and is now branching out into foreign direct investment, working with the Japanese Consulate and Japan External Trade Organization in particular.

America’s New Startup Hotbed

America’s New Startup Hotbed

Utah Valley Economic Development Partnership

Over the last few years, Utah County has consistently been recognized as among the hottest spots for business in the country. The State of Utah has been recognized several times by publications such as Forbes, CNBC, and 24/7 Wall St. as the best state for business. Moreover, Provo – which holds the county seat for Utah County – has also recently been noted to have the hottest job market and the best career opportunities by CNN and Fortune, respectively.
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Located just south of Salt Lake County, Utah County is picturesque, family friendly, and open for business. The county of over half a million people contains the beautiful Utah Valley, with Utah Lake at its center. There are mountains to both the west and the east of the county, with the eastern ranges leading into the world-famous Rocky Mountains. Salt Lake City, the state capital, is just a 45-minute drive from Provo. Together, Provo, Salt Lake City, Park City, and surrounding metropolitan areas are known as the Silicon Slopes – Utah’s answer to California’s Silicon Valley.

Growth and Opportunity in Alberta’s Agricultural Heartland

Growth and Opportunity in Alberta’s Agricultural Heartland

Town of Taber, AB

Taber is an interesting place for many reasons, not the least of which is that it collects more sunlight than almost anywhere else in Canada. This spot in Southern Alberta is also known as the Corn Capital of Canada, having one of the largest corn festivals in the country.
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Agricultural opportunities abound, with wind and solar power producing many jobs and industries. We spoke with Economic Development Officer Ben Young and Communications and Projects Coordinator Meghan Brennan.

Promoting Opportunities in the Trades

Promoting Opportunities in the Trades

Prairie Arctic Regional Council

The Prairie Arctic Regional Council (PARC) was formed in 2012 as a merger between two existing provincial councils for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The council works in partnership with its signatory contractors and membership to build construction projects within the areas of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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“Our members are given an opportunity to have a long-standing career in the trades, and with that would come continuous professional development through apprenticeship skill upgrading,” says Michael Kuzyk, PARC’s executive secretary-treasurer. “In exchange for years of service, they are able to maintain health and welfare benefits, as well as contribute to a pension which will aid them in their retirement.”

A Dynamic City in the Centre of the Peace Region

A Dynamic City in the Centre of the Peace Region

City of Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek was incorporated as a city in 1958 and is the capital of the Peace Region. The City of Dawson Creek in the northeast of the province is one of seven municipalities that also include Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, the village of Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge.
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In the early 1930s, small northern communities in British Columbia, Canada were called home by farmers and homesteaders. That all changed with the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. This major transportation infrastructure between the United States and Canadian governments was built by thousands of America’s military to create a land route to Alaska after the Pearl Harbor bombings.

Success Built on People

Success Built on People

Amix Group

Amix Group is a collection of companies headquartered in New Westminster, British Columbia specializing in marine transport services, marine salvage, marine projects, steel and surplus sales, and ready-mix concrete delivery. This is a company with a broad range of capabilities, and it is actively seeking opportunities to provide a full scope of logistical services.
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The company was founded in 1971 by Ed Jackson as a scrap salvage business and originally ran with a single truck based out of his backyard. As the project grew, he moved to the coast in Surrey and set up shop on the Fraser River. He opened the doors to local scrap companies and walk-in customers and watched the business grow from there. Eventually, he began shipping scrap to Tacoma on barges, which was the first step toward the marine side of the business.

A Proactive Approach to Resolving a Longstanding Debate

A Proactive Approach to Resolving a Longstanding Debate

Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)

About forty skilled Central and South American workers from Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Costa Rica came to British Columbia, Canada as temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in 2006. This story incited Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) call for reforms to Canada’s TFW program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP). LiUNA, a powerful voice within the construction industry with over half a million members – 110,000 of whom are in Canada – has been the only Canadian union to address the issue.
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In 2005, Mark Olsen, LiUNA’s Western Canada manager, explains that he had seven meetings with Italian tunnel boring company SELI Canada and SNC-Lavalin from Quebec about a joint venture on a $2.1 billion tunnel project in Vancouver, British Columbia when Mark was the Business Manager of LiUNA Local 1611 in BC.

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