March 2016

A Full-Service Family Construction Company

A Full-Service Family Construction Company

a.j. Veneklasen, Inc.

a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. is a family owned general contractor and builder delivering a full suite of services to customers throughout Michigan, the Midwest, and as far away as California…
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Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the family owned company offers Design-Build and traditional design-bid-build services as well as steel erection, rough and finish carpentry, construction management, and building maintenance services. From feasibility studies and site selection to financing, land acquisition, construction, and even interior design, a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. can handle it all.

Building Success for Thirty Five Years

Building Success for Thirty Five Years

A. R. Chesson Construction

A. R. Chesson Construction has been providing a comprehensive portfolio of construction services since 1981. Over the last 35 years, the company has grown to fill three offices in eastern North Carolina and expanded its operations to cover more than three states.
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The A. R. Chesson Construction team has also developed areas of specialization to include general contracting, design/build services, traditional bid services, project management, pre-construction consultation, construction management, and pre-engineered buildings.

Engineering and Environmental Solutions with a Difference

Engineering and Environmental Solutions with a Difference

McIntosh Perry

Beginning as a civil engineering firm in 1990, McIntosh Perry set out to serve the local eastern Ontario market. It built a strong legacy in contract administration, municipal infrastructure design work, and construction oversight, and almost thirty years later, McIntosh Perry’s reach has expanded ten-fold.
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The company is now a full-service engineering and related professional services firm. We spoke to Phil Whelan, the company’s vice-president of public sector services, and Mark Priddle, vice-president of private sector services, to find out more.

Smart Growth in a Key Industry

Smart Growth in a Key Industry

Ron Lee Construction

Sometimes, success is found in the most unusual of places. Ron Lee had an idea for a company that revolved around the housing market, but the recession of the early nineties put a halt to his progress. Instead, he entered the pipeline industry, utilities and hydro sector…
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What began as a smaller company then grew rapidly as it expanded into the oil and gas industry. Its success is in part due to overcoming the challenges in reinventing itself. We spoke to Kevin Lee, the president and son of the owner, to learn more.

Safety as Standard

Safety as Standard

Metro Aviation

Given the time-sensitive nature of medical emergencies and the vast distances that can be involved in transporting patients to emergency services in the United States, the air medical transport industry has seen massive growth in the past thirty years…
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Metro Aviation is one such air medical services company and has been at the forefront of the industry since it was set up in 1982 as a helicopter charter, flight training and maintenance operation. Since those early days, it has grown substantially and is now a leading figure in the air medical industry with a keen focus on flight safety.

Moving America Forward

Moving America Forward

The American Trucking Association

Founded in 1933, the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been “developing and advocating innovative, research-based policies that promote highway safety, security, environmental sustainability and profitability.” The ATA is a federation, made up of motor carriers, allied members, state trucking associations and councils and conferences, bringing together some of the most influential voices from across the industry.
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The ATA’s biggest achievements include important legislation, contributions to environmental sustainability, significant work with veterans and, most importantly, progressive improvements in road safety. Several leading ATA members provided us insight into the people and trends pushing trucking forward.

Capping off Commercial Projects Across the U.S.

Capping off Commercial Projects Across the U.S.

Progressive Roofing

Since 1978, Progressive Roofing has been offering its services to a growing network of customers across the United States. From its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, the company has grown to multiple locations and employs upwards of seven hundred people. Progressive Roofing has established itself as a top commercial roofing contractor in the national commercial roofing market.
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Progressive Roofing offers customers a multitude of roofing system options, maintenance services and design-build services. The company’s highest commitment to safety, quality and service has built long-standing relationships with customers and resulted in a great deal of success.

Feeding the Innovation Economy

Feeding the Innovation Economy

Menlo College

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Menlo College is an undergraduate business school with a strong liberal arts emphasis within a close-knit community of approximately 1,000 students. Graduates are well prepared for success in Silicon Valley – and beyond.
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“Our alumni say Menlo College changed their lives,” says President Richard A. Moran. “We do what a college should do: develop the critical skills and creative thinking that students need to get a job in the 21st century. Even better, we innovate – and we ignite potential.” The private, non-profit college is AACSB-certified, and has been named one of the “Best Colleges in the West” by The Princeton Review seven years in a row, as well as “Best Regional College” by U.S. News & World Report for the last five years.

Continued Growth Brings a Complete Solution

Continued Growth Brings a Complete Solution

Critical Path Express

Critical Path Express has grown from a humble courier start up to one of Ontario’s leading providers of courier, transportation, logistics, warehousing, and distribution services. After three decades of successful growth, Greg Doff (Founder) is proud to say the company continues to expand its list of specialized services to better support its customers.
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Critical Path’s expansive scope allows the company to deliver a complete solution to its diverse customer base. “We provide a solution that offers many different capabilities, no matter what the vertical might be – courier, on demand, aviation, or warehousing,” Mr. Thompson explains. Furthermore, the team carefully manages every step of these full service solutions. “We look at everything from a project management standpoint, focusing on the details to make sure that we are providing the right overall solution.”

A Unique Educational Experience

A Unique Educational Experience

College of the Atlantic

When he graduated from College of the Atlantic (COA) in 1992, the world held a great deal of promise for Darron Collins. For the young man, it was the culmination of ‘an unforgettable adventure in education’ that began four years earlier when Collins enrolled as a student at a college in Bar Harbor on Maine’s picturesque Mount Desert Island.
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Collins would become one of 2,100 alumni of COA and credits his many tremendous experiences at College of the Atlantic with giving him clarity and the ability to plot his own course in life.

Higher Education, Brighter Economy

Higher Education, Brighter Economy

Northern Lights College (NLC) represents one of eleven colleges in British Columbia. It serves the northern third of the province, a vast and scenic region that is home to approximately 71,000 people. Anchored by its first established campus in Dawson Creek, NLC runs four additional campuses and three access centers across northern British Columbia.
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The twenty-first century builds on an economy that is founded on comprehensive knowledge. It is human capital development – the growing intelligence of people – that stimulates economic growth and facilitates a high quality of life. New technology, innovative systems, and demographic changes create rapid shifts in industry demands. These require a highly-skilled workforce to compete and succeed in the global marketplace.

Synergy & Sustainability

Synergy & Sustainability

Ecoserv

These days, to be successful, a company must be flexible and diverse in its offerings. This is especially true if the industry to which it caters is in downturn.
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Ecoserv prides itself on being a one-stop-shop, but that gains meaning when one realizes that it is the only company that offers all-in-one cleaning and waste disposal services for the Gulf of Mexico Exploration and Production industry. With five locations in Louisiana, its three hundred employees tackle the cleaning, consolidation and disposal of onshore and offshore oilfield waste. Business in Focus spoke to Vice President of Waste Collection Operations David LaCoste.

SME on the Rise

SME on the Rise

Birch Mountain Enterprises

Starting a business takes a great deal of investment, personal sacrifice and, in many cases, a leap of faith, and this is something that the owners of Birch Mountain Enterprises know all too well. When brothers Chris and Lee Wilson, along with their childhood friend Ivan Boucher, made the decision to leave long and secure careers at Syncrude to start Birch Mountain in 2005, the future was full of possibility.
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Through hard work, dedication and strategic growth, Birch Mountain Enterprises has grown from a one-truck, heavy-duty mechanical company to become fluid handling and steaming specialists in a highly competitive industry with a fleet of over 125 pieces of equipment and over 250 employees. The company, which primarily serves the Fort McKay and Fort McMurray region, has expanded its services, its fleet and its staff to meet its clients’ varying needs.

Western Canada’s Land Service Specialists

Western Canada’s Land Service Specialists

Scott Land & Lease

Scott Land & Lease has led the way in the land services industry in Western Canada for over 25 years. Having developed a reputation for consistently delivering results, Scott Land & Lease has the resources and the deep-rooted expertise to offer clients across a number of industries a unique, diversified approach to land services.
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The company has the professional knowledge and industry experience required to successfully negotiate on its clients’ behalf. Scott Land & Lease builds strong, long-lasting relationships with its clients to remain the most trusted and active land services company in Western Canada.

Metal Building Specialists

Metal Building Specialists

SEA CON LLC

For over four decades, SEA CON LLC has worked with clients across Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, and New Hampshire on a broad range of commercial and industrial projects, with a focus on metal buildings. The Issaquah, Washington-based business continues its longstanding tradition of excellence, timely delivery, outstanding customer service, and value for the dollar to meet the construction needs of its customers.
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While there are many construction companies in Washington State, SEA CON stands above others not only because of its commitment to quality, but its extensive range of related services and established relationships with top manufacturers. Its many connections with outside architects, landscapers, engineers, and other specialists allow it to put together an unbeatable team to coordinate and manage all projects successfully, professionally, and on time.

Developing the Robots of the Future

Developing the Robots of the Future

Nachi Robotic Systems

Nachi is a name synonymous with cutting-edge technologies, partnered with value and service. Nachi Robotic Systems Inc. is owned by the Nachi Fujikoshi Corporation, which itself has been in existence for almost ninety years. Its longevity and endurance is a testament to the skill and business acumen found there. Nachi Robotic Systems, by comparison, is relatively new yet is fast approaching thirty years in the American market.
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“We are the robotics division of Nachi operating in the United States. That is our mission here,” says Executive Coordinator Michael Bomya. “The first Nachi America opened in 1962, but robotics opened here in 1989. Historically, Nachi has always been vertically integrated in the sense of making products or opening new product areas which were needed by other divisions. Robots really started out as a fusion between the machine tool division and the hydraulics division. As you know, in the sixties when robots were first developed, they were all hydraulic, and Nachi was no different.”

Electrical, Instrumentation, Telecommunications and Controls Experts

Electrical, Instrumentation, Telecommunications and Controls Experts

Catch Engineering

Looking back over the past decade, Hartley Harris has seen many changes take place in Western Canada’s Oil and Gas sector. Hartley is president of Catch Engineering – a privately-owned partnership created with Executive Vice President Chad Smith. The specialized engineering services consulting company is widely known for its talent pool of experts who work closely with clients on electrical power distribution, telecommunications, automation and control instrumentation.
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Catch Engineering’s reputation for working closely alongside customers to provide unique, practical and often innovative solutions to meet ‘electrical-centric infrastructure needs’ is at the core of the company’s success.

Empowering Global Assembly

Empowering Global Assembly

Lanco Integrated designs and manufactures high-performance, turnkey, automated assembly and test solutions for diverse industries and markets across the globe. Lanco Integrated is driven by its clients’ needs, ensuring that these needs are met through its technology and processes.
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Through its highly-integrated, customized solutions, Lanco Integrated brings value to clients in the automotive, medical, electronics, cosmetic, consumer goods, optical and telecommunications sectors. It determines the ideal assembly technology and processes for any application, offers clients multiple platforms and collaborates with them to meet their varying needs.

From American Dream to Industry Leader

From American Dream to Industry Leader

Stanley Machining & Tool

Stanley Machining and Tool is the premier manufacturer of high quality, precision, contract machined parts for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers across a diverse range of industries in the U.S. Celebrating 50 years of success, Stanley Machining and Tool has grown through hard work, a commitment to exceptional customer service, and the highest standards of quality, safety, integrity and respect.
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A family owned and operated business with three generations working alongside one another, Stanley Machining and Tool began as a one-man, one-machine operation out of Slawomir (Stanley) Trzaska’s father’s garage at his Chicago, Illinois home in 1966. Now, Stanley Machining and Tool has over 100 employees across its two locations that span a total of 282,000 square feet. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment and unsurpassed industry expertise, Stanley Machining and Tool has grown by reinvesting in the company’s operational capacity over the years, differentiating itself from its competition in the market.

Celebrating Thirty Years of Precision Automation

Celebrating Thirty Years of Precision Automation

Genmark Automation

Genmark Automation, Inc. creates patented atmospheric and vacuum transfer robots, integration software, motion controls and peripheral devices such end effectors – the use-specific tools at the end of a robotic arm. The company’s material handling systems are custom designed to improve its customers’ productivity, competitiveness and bottom line in the global semiconductor, data storage and flat panel display markets.
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From its headquarters in a 100,000-square-foot facility in Silicon Valley, industrial automation firm Genmark has undergone a significant transformation since its humble beginnings inside a California garage. The company originated as a typical start-up, though its resulting success has been anything but typical as it has now positioned itself as the premier provider of automated solutions for the semiconductor market.

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