What happens when growing demand meets shrinking workforce? This has been the reality for a number of sectors, including manufacturing – even in a pandemic. With the workforce largely approaching retirement, employers are under real pressure to find skilled workers in the face of unrelenting product demand.
Planning for Succession – and SuccessFamily Companies
Business in Focus has profiled hundreds of companies, from mom-and-pops to multinationals, and we’ve reported on every imaginable strategy and tactic for survival and success. But there’s little that throws up thorny boardroom problems like the managing of successful succession.
City of Largo, FL Tampa Bay Treasure
The City of Largo enjoys a prime location nestled between the sunny shores of Florida’s Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. “We are located close to a lot of great things,” says Mayor Woody Brown. From water sports, fishing, nature preserves, and amusement parks to museums, NFL football, and aquariums, the surrounding area has it all.
City of Sunrise, FLThe City that Rises Above the Rest
From its ease of access to its corporate parks, ongoing investment, and well-managed local government, the City of Sunrise represents the best Florida has to offer. Situated in central-western Broward County – one of the three counties comprising the Miami metropolitan area – Sunrise is a hub for major employers like American Express, Chetu HQ, AT&T, Amazon and Comcast to name just a few. It’s home to many national and global headquarters, along with retail, office and manufacturing businesses in tech, medicine, logistics and other areas.
City of Brockton, MAEverything’s Better in Brockton
At first glance, the City of Brockton looks much like one of many leafy, green cities in the American northeast that are shaking out their feathers after the stresses of COVID-19. But, since meeting with three of its inspiring leaders, I am stuck on the theme song from the 1980s box office sensation, Rocky Balboa’s Eye of the Tiger – and the rich texture that this homespun community of almost 106,000 residents has created for itself – despite the global hardships of recent years.
City of Salem, MAStill Making History
Salem, Massachusetts has earned the tagline ‘Still Making History.’ “We are rooted in history,” says Director of Planning and Community Development Tom Daniel. Founded in 1626, Salem is best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692, which still captivate the public and draw tourists to the community three centuries later.
Chisago County, MNGrowth and Prosperity by Design
In Chisago County, Minnesota growth and development is done by design, and thanks to a countywide strategy, great efforts are being taken to collectively leverage the strengths and the growth potential of its cities, townships, and school districts to make the area a vibrant, prosperous, overall great place to be.
Turbo ImagesExpert Fleet Branding Like No Other
Turbo Images is one of North America’s largest graphics specialists, and its innovative work gives flight to some of the continent’s biggest brand names. As an industry leader in solvent-free printed fleet graphics, the company keeps brands like Coca-Cola, Walmart, Pepsi, and many other fortune 500 companies looking fresh while in transit.
Burt Process EquipmentKeeping the Water Flowing
Burt Process Equipment is known across North America and the world for its advanced engineering and custom fluid systems manufacturing. The company’s clients have access to some of the country’s best engineers, master steel fabricators, welders, plastic fabricators, control panel technicians, and many other professionals. The company also puts heart back into manufacturing.
Kivi Bros TruckingThe Kivi Way
Transportation and logistics is a challenging industry, especially since the onset of the pandemic. With Kivi Bros Trucking in its third generation of family ownership – and flourishing the way it is – they must be doing something right. Or perhaps, many things right.
Innovative Transportation ServicesThe Future of Transport
Buffalo, New York-based Innovative Transportation Services (ITS) is an asset-based transportation provider and a subsidiary of Sonwil Logistics, which has been serving customers in western New York State for more than thirty-five years. Business in Focus spoke with ITS in April 2019 to learn about the forward-thinking company’s commitment to technology, innovation, and green initiatives. We caught back up with the team this month to learn what has developed since then.
Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, with a second facility in Langley, British Columbia, Viessmann Manufacturing Company, Inc. has a new range of next-generation boilers that push the boundaries of modernity further than ever.
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