May 2016

Making Solar SimpleGrasshopper Solar Corporation

Making Solar Simple

Grasshopper Solar Corporation

Grasshopper Solar was formed in 2010 as a branch of Grasshopper Energy. The company is one of the most experienced installers of rooftop and ground-mount solar systems in Ontario. It addresses an increasing demand for renewable energy with systems that are designed to perform reliably and are supported by its proprietary, state-of-the-art software. The company’s affordable systems make green energy accessible to everyone.

Transforming an IndustryBCR Environmental

Transforming an Industry

BCR Environmental

BCR Environmental is transforming the way we manage biosolids and organic wastes. “Our goal is to disrupt the mass market by providing sustainable solutions – defined by economical and environmental sustainability – to the small to medium-sized underserved market,” says President and CEO Aaron F. Zahn.

In the Heart of TexasLeague City

In the Heart of Texas

League City

League City is within the nine-county metropolitan area of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and just a half hour drive from Houston, the most populous city in the State of Texas. The city sits at the former site of a Karankawa Indian village, and the rich history of League City lives on today through its 95,000 residents and its many attractions.

Growing Fast, Growing Smart

City of Menifee, CA

Menifee, California is a city in southwestern Riverside County and part of the Los Angeles combined statistical area. It is currently one of the fastest-growing communities in the state. An enormous amount of activity is underway, with every major Interchange under renovation, new town centers and markets under construction and even a new...

Balancing Business and LifeThe City of Vacaville, California

Balancing Business and Life

The City of Vacaville, California

The City of Vacaville lies almost midway between the state capital city of Sacramento and San Francisco along Interstate 80 in northern California’s lush Solano County. Vacaville has a rich and storied history going back over 160 years to 1851. In that year, Juan Manuel Vaca – who had arrived in California a decade earlier – sold his share of a Mexican land grant to William McDaniel, with a condition: that one square mile of the township would be designated ‘Vacaville.’

A Culture of GrowthPeterborough & the Kawarthas, ON

A Culture of Growth

Peterborough & the Kawarthas, ON

In the early part of the twentieth century, Peterborough, Ontario – 90 minutes northeast of Toronto – was a manufacturing town that was home to hundreds of industries. Thousands of people worked at General Electric, Quaker Oats, Peterborough Canoe, farm equipment manufacturer Alfa-Laval, Purity Packaging, popcorn manufacturer Poppycock, timepiece manufacturer Westclox, woollen mill Whitaker’s, Outboard Marine.

The Crossroads of OpportunityVillage of New Lenox, IL

The Crossroads of Opportunity

Village of New Lenox, IL

Ideally located in Will County approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago, the Village of New Lenox, Illinois, possesses a growing population with great proximity and potential. In fact, given its logistical assets, dynamic community and progressive leadership, New Lenox has established itself as the crossroads of opportunity.

Creating Success in IndianaNoble County, IN

Creating Success in Indiana

Noble County, IN

Noble County, Indiana, is committed to growth. “We are creating an environment that is very pro-business,” says Rick Sherck, Executive Director of Noble County Economic Development Corporation. “We are looking to help our current industries with growth opportunities, by creating a climate of collaboration between industry, education, and the elected officials of the county as a whole.”

Room to GrowLaGrange County, IN

Room to Grow

LaGrange County, IN

The rolling hills and farmland of LaGrange County in Northern Indiana are well-known to tourists for the large Amish population, but this area fifty-five miles east of South Bend and forty-five miles north of Fort Wayne has much more to offer. We spoke to LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Ryne Krock, to find out more.

Small but MightyHuntington County, IN

Small but Mighty

Huntington County, IN

With a population just over 35,000 people in an area of 384 square miles, Huntington County is small but mighty. The county boasts a multitude of assets and as a result is a great opportunity as a great place to live, work and invest.

Where Business and Community MeetEDC of Wayne County, IN

Where Business and Community Meet

EDC of Wayne County, IN

Wayne County, Indiana has everything needed to advance the development goals as laid out by its economic development corporation. We spoke with Valerie Shaffer, President of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County (EDCWC), to learn more. She says that the two main focuses of the EDCWC are to draw companies and businesses to the county and provide support to its existing business base.

Growing SuccessCity of Lafayette, IN

Growing Success

City of Lafayette, IN

Since Business in Focus profiled the city one year ago, Lafayette, Indiana, has continued to grow by leaps and bounds. “We were doing well last year, but we have really grown tremendously since then,” says Dennis Carson, Economic Development Director for the City of Lafayette.

Taking Utilities into the Twenty-First CenturyWestin Engineering

Taking Utilities into the Twenty-First Century

Westin Engineering

Westin works to improve the performance of water, wastewater, gas, and electric utilities throughout North America. The California based consulting engineering company guides utility providers through the maze of available information and operation technology, helping them to implement practical, innovative, and cost saving solutions for their business challenges. From mission-critical, core business operations to asset management and customer service, Westin’s suite of IT consulting and automation/SCADA engineering services can handle it all.

50 Years of Innovation

CLIMAX Portable Machining & Welding Systems

This year marks CLIMAX Portable Machine & Welding Systems’ fiftieth year in business. The pioneer and trendsetter in portable machining technology is currently expanding into new markets and is bringing out four to five new products this year. ~ The company has a highly-trained workforce with equally skilled and efficient after-sales support. We...

Quality Manufacturing for over 40 YearsMayer Industries

Quality Manufacturing for over 40 Years

Mayer Industries

Mayer Industries is an industry-leading machine manufacturer that is known worldwide. Mayer Industries’ custom parts, machines, contract manufacturing, service and engineering are second to none, and it plays a significant role in the automotive, aerospace, energy and textile manufacturing markets it serves.

Expanding… CarefullyHAHN Automation

Expanding… Carefully

HAHN Automation

HAHN Automation, Inc.’s motto, “German engineering made in America,” is a reflection of the Hebron, Kentucky-based company’s German roots, international outlook and craftsman’s pride. It is a combination that has proven popular; HAHN is looking at double-digit growth in 2016 and recently opened a branch in Mexico.

Manufactured QualityTruFast

Manufactured Quality


TruFast is a well-known and highly-regarded brand of fastener for the commercial roofing and structural insulated panel markets. TruFast provides consistent quality, industry-leading products and world-class customer service.

Central Florida’s Full-Service Construction SolutionNuJak Companies

Central Florida’s Full-Service Construction Solution

NuJak Companies

Located in Lakeland, Nujak Companies is one of Central Florida’s leading full-service construction and commercial real estate companies. Founded in 1992, the company boasts nearly a quarter century of experience across four primary disciplines: construction, real estate brokerage, property management and real estate development.



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