November 2015

Sustainability for the Real World

Sustainability for the Real World

Bio Town Ag

Bio Town Ag is a multi-generational farm located in rural Indiana, in the heartland of America. The production farm and livestock operation is home to 4500 head of beef cattle and over 800 head of sow and swine. It has proven to be an exceptional example of what it means to be a good environmental steward, putting a philosophy for a more sustainable world into action!
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In addition to bringing an exceptional quality of meat products to market, Bio Town Ag is creating and adopting practical sustainable solutions for the real world.

Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

Solar Power and Light

Solar Power and Light (SP&L) is an integrated energy company focused on commercial solar PV systems, residential solar, and solar appliances such as signs, carports and pergolas.
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Headquartered in Ohio, SP&L is a spin-off of buyCASTINGS, an Inc 500/5000 company specializing in prototype and production metal castings. The team launched SP&L to take advantage of a lucrative opportunity – and to provide the U.S. with reliable, renewable energy in the process. The company hit the ground running and has already ranked #90 on Solar Power World’s list of top 500 solar contractors.

Advancing Operational Performance through Innovative Pharmacy Solutions

Advancing Operational Performance through Innovative Pharmacy Solutions

ARxIUM

Formed in 2015, ARxIUM is defining a new era of technological development for the pharmacy automation industry by bringing together the extensive portfolios and capacities of two industry leading companies, Intelligent Hospital Systems Inc. and AutoMed Technologies Inc., to create the most fully integrated pharmacy solutions company in the world.
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Drawing from the historical success of both companies, ARxIUM is able to deliver best-in-class technology and products, in addition to offering unparalleled knowledge and expertise, working together to improve the safety, productivity, and efficiency of pharmacies of all sizes.

On Top of the Industry

On Top of the Industry

Commercial Roofers

Commercial Roofers, in its nearly twenty years in business, has built a reputation for a job well done, becoming an industry leader in the process. The company was ranked the best place to work by Las Vegas In Business magazine and has received many other recognitions such as roofing contractor of the year from Roofing Contractor Magazine and the National Roofing Contractors Association Gold Circle Award. It also serves as a proud member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
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As a full-service roofing and waterproofing contractor, Commercial Roofers brings an exceptional level of professionalism and experience to its clients. Though the history of Commercial Roofers can be traced back to the 1950s, under the supervision of the Howard family, a new era of success began in 1996.

Making Manufacturing Easier

Making Manufacturing Easier

NCC Automated Systems

In its almost thirty years in the industry, NCC Automated Systems has earned a worldwide reputation for professionalism, quality, attention to detail, and unsurpassed customer service. It has earned the accolades of highly respected companies like PepsiCo, Bestfoods Canada, Winpak, Unilever, Pilsbury, and Dole, among others.
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NCC Automated Systems prides itself on its superior services and knowledge that comes from being in the business for almost three decades. “NCC’s primary business is food integration,” says Chris Round, director of marketing at NCC Automated Systems.

If It Requires Metal, Geise Can Make It

If It Requires Metal, Geise Can Make It

Giese Sheet Metal Co.

Giese Sheet Metal Co. was founded in 1923 on a foundation of customer satisfaction that has pushed the firm through nearly one hundred years of success. Today, Giese has a wealth of experience and a fleet of high-end equipment and the company has earned a coveted place among Iowa’s service providers, offering residential and commercial heating, cooling, roofing, manufacturing, and sheet metal services.
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One look at the company’s growth, however, proves that, despite widespread success, the core values at the heart of Giese remain.

Serving Industry and the Community

Serving Industry and the Community

Kapco Metal Stamping

Kapco Metal Stamping Inc. has become a trusted supplier of parts to the recreational vehicle sector, agricultural product companies, the military, industrial businesses, and many others. Its parts are found in everything from snowblowers to ATVs and motorcycles…
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From tiny washers that cost a few pennies to eight-by-twelve-foot vehicle frames that sell for thousands of dollars and have multiple components and weldments, Kapco is about metal stamping and a great deal more.

Business Friendly in the Gateway to Wisconsin

Wisconsin is certainly not the largest state by population, but its St. Croix County is the fastest-growing of its seventy-two counties with a population of close to 87,000… ~ Separated by the St. Croix River, the county is located in the state’s northwest bordering on Minnesota. In fact, it is part of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St....

Good to Great: A Small Metropolitan Area Thrives in New Economy

Good to Great: A Small Metropolitan Area Thrives in New Economy

Sheboygan County, WI

Sheboygan County, Wisconsin knows how to get things done. Lauded for its innovation, cooperative spirit, and strong work ethic, the community has gone from success to success.
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“People here aren’t afraid to grab the bull by the horns,” says Dane Checolinski, Director of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation. The proof is in the statistics. “From August 2011 our job growth has been 7.3%, compared to the state average of 3.9%. We are growing very significantly. Over 1,000 jobs have been added annually over the past four years, adding over $700 Million in additional payroll.”

Strong Business Grows in Wisconsin

Strong Business Grows in Wisconsin

Wisconsin EDC

Long known for its strong, Midwestern work ethic and manufacturing capabilities, Wisconsin’s industries are evolving for the 21st century marketplace – while still hanging on to the state’s famous, hardworking spirit.
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Today, advanced manufacturing, bioscience, and other high tech sectors are gaining a strong foothold in the state while traditional industries – from dairy to beer production – still maintain firm ground.

Small Town, Big Opportunities

Small Town, Big Opportunities

Growth Dimensions Economic Development Belvidere-Boone County, IL

Growth Dimensions was established in 1979 as a means to progressively and cooperatively improve the quality of life and advance the economic strength and prosperity of Belvidere-Boone County. It aimed to create an environment that fosters both economic opportunity and growth to take advantage of and market the area’s natural assets, while supporting business expansion, retention, and attraction.
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Working together with local, regional, and state partners and stakeholders, Growth Dimensions has adopted a coordinated economic development strategy to create jobs, promote community assets, and stimulate investment opportunities for new and existing businesses. The achievements improve the community’s wellbeing in the process.

Focused on the Future

Focused on the Future

Blount Partnership, TN

Blount Partnership was founded to foster a relationship between the business community and the elected leadership of the county. Its primary mission is to diversify the local economy, to retain businesses and attract new ones and to create jobs.
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Blount County, Tennessee, in the last few years, has seen phenomenal growth. A whirlwind of activity and development is currently taking place in this county with a population of approximately 123,000.

A City on the Cutting Edge

A City on the Cutting Edge

City of Palm Bay, FL

Palm Bay, the second-largest city in central Florida, is open for business. With a desirable climate, access to highways, abundant water resources and a picturesque natural setting conveniently located between Orlando and Miami, Palm Bay is a city positioned for growth.
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The city of Palm Bay has a population of 109,000 and growing, covers an area of one hundred square miles and is home to well-known employers and educational institutions, many of which are in technology and the demanding aerospace industry.

Fun for the Whole Family

Fun for the Whole Family

Arena Football League

Fast-paced, fun for the entire family, and a great way to cheer on your favorite team, the Arena Football League provides the ultimate value for your dollar. The Arena Football League, the third longest-running professional football league in North America, brings affordable sports action to football fans.
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“The quality of the game is outstanding, and the athletes are great,” says AFL Commissioner Scott Butera, who has held the position for the past year. “It is well-coached and has everything you see in the NFL and CFL every year.”

Fuelling the Future

Fuelling the Future

Atlantic Biodiesel

Canada’s renewable fuels industry is growing and creating jobs in regional communities that desperately need employment opportunities. Biofuels, the most sustainable sources of fuel available, burn cleaner than either petroleum or diesel.
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Increasing biofuel use reduces greenhouse gases while supporting local economies. Atlantic Biodiesel recently opened its state of the art biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario. We spoke with its Chief Operating Officer, Michael Paszti, to learn more.

Safely Hauling Liquid Bulk

Safely Hauling Liquid Bulk

Usher Transport, Inc.

For almost seventy years, Usher Transport, Inc. has provided its many customers with quality transportation services conducted on schedule and on budget, while ensuring safety from start to delivery.
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Usher Transport serves all lower forty-eight states, Canada and Mexico from its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky while continuing to build on its reputation with new and established customers alike.

Strong History, Bright Future

Strong History, Bright Future

Bloomsdale Excavating

As 2016 approaches, Bloomsdale Excavating is looking ahead at its seventieth year in operation. This excavating company based in Bloomsdale, Missouri is involved in general contracting and road building as well as residential, commercial and industrial products.
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Marvin Drury, the founder of Bloomsdale Excavating, returned from WW2 and started the company, named after his home city. The busy, multifaceted man owned a feed store and grocery store at the time and also worked in excavating, trucking and well drilling. Marvin recognized that it would be better to focus all of his energy on one thing to be successful, and that became his excavating business.

The ‘Hardt’ and Passion for Project Success

The ‘Hardt’ and Passion for Project Success

Hardt Electric

For over forty years, Hardt Electric, Inc. has established itself as one of the most reputable and reliable electrical contractors serving the Chicagoland area. Hardt Electric’s exceptional staff of trained and experienced professionals solves all of its customers’ electrical needs. It works closely with architects, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers to deliver on-time and on-budget results.
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Hardt Electric’s roots trace back to the 1930s, when Carl Hardt started C & H Electric. His three sons, David, Bill and Richard, eventually joined the family business. David and Bill went their separate way from Richard in 1973, splitting the business, and formed Hardt Electric.

Construction, Infrastructure, and Industrial Expertise

Construction, Infrastructure, and Industrial Expertise

BCU Electric

Since its founding back in 1990, BCU Electric, Inc. has grown from being a local contractor in Ashland, Ohio, to become a highly respected electrical solutions provider, taking on a range of challenging projects across the United States.
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BCU Electric has earned a nationwide reputation for not only the quality of its work, but its abilities to work within very tight time constraints with the utmost professionalism and respect for safety.

Keeping Industry Running Smoothly

Keeping Industry Running Smoothly

Anti-Seize Technology

Anti-Seize Technology manufactures and distributes industrial lubricants, sealants and adhesives – products necessary to keep businesses operating. The company’s core focus is on anti-seize compounds; without this crucial product, the world’s industrial production would grind to a halt due to the destructive nature of constant, metal-to-metal contact.
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In order to meet the demands of its many customers, the Chicago area business sells over 15 different anti-seize products – a wider range than any other manufacturer. These anti-seize compounds are made from either highly refined petroleum-base stocks or from fully synthetic bases.

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