September 2016

A Well-Kept Secret… Until Now

A Well-Kept Secret… Until Now

Suwannee County Economic Development

A great place to live, invest or visit, Suwannee County has a lot to offer and is making that known to the world. Located in Northern Florida, halfway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Suwannee County has economic development opportunities and a community with a quality of life that is unmatched.
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Residents and visitors enjoy rural living and picturesque natural surroundings without sacrificing access to the services and amenities of a larger center. With all of this and more, Suwannee County has been a well-kept secret that can no longer remain hidden.

A Fresh Take on the Legacy of Winemaking

A Fresh Take on the Legacy of Winemaking

Atlas Vineyard Management

From soil and the lands to the climate, the grape, the viticulturist, the farming approach and the winemaker, many hands and factors influence the production of the best grapes and wines. Atlas Vineyard Management is a farm management company that manages and develops first-rate vineyards for some of the best wines in the world. The company integrates traditional farming practices with new, innovative ideas.
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Atlas Vineyard Management is a full-service company that offers complete vineyard development and viticulture services from site analysis and permitting to clearing, grading, irrigation, selecting varieties and clones, trellis design and installation, and planting. It provides the necessary equipment and labor and can coordinate all aspects of managing high-end vineyards through harvest. Atlas markets the grapes, will deliver, and more.

Moving On Up to the Top in Washington State

Moving On Up to the Top in Washington State

Bekins Northwest

Established in 1903, Bekins Northwest has more than 100 years of experience in the moving industry. The Corporate Headquarters are located in Olympia, Washington, where the Company serves as an agent for the massive Bekins Van Lines firm. Bekins Northwest continually strives to raise the standard to provide customers with the best possible service in the moving industry; with the goal to be recognized as the leading moving and storage Company in Washington State. The Company’s current primary focus is on residential, commercial and international moves as well as logistics, specialized moves and storage.
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When asked if there’s anything that Bekins Northwest will not transport, “Circus elephants or zoo animals perhaps,” Robert Schmidt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, laughs. After all, Bekins Northwest is the same full-service moving and storage Company that was hired to transport a skate park and, on another occasion, the Seattle Seahawk’s equipment to the Super Bowl in 2014. In business for over a century with a highly tenured staff, nothing intimidates leadership at this venerable Company.

One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America

One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America

North American Transport Services

Florida-based North American Transport Services (NATS) has been recognized as one of the fastest growing firms in the United States. Based in the Miami suburb of Opa-locka, NATS is a short to medium haul and regional dry van truckload carrier.
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The NATS website boasts that the firm has the “biggest and most reliable dry van fleet in South Florida.” According to President and CEO Damian Diaz, NATS has held this title “for the last five to six years.” For anyone not in the trucking business, a dry van is a box-shaped piece of equipment directly connected to a truck that is removable like a shipping container. It carries dry cargo that is loaded and unloaded via the rear doors.

Digging Deep to Produce Exceptional Results

Digging Deep to Produce Exceptional Results

Big Bore Directional Drilling

With commodity prices down and with operations scaled back as a result, profitability in the oil and gas sector has become a challenge. This is not, however, the case for Big Bore Directional Drilling. Big Bore digs deep to produce exceptional results even in market conditions that are less than ideal, doing jobs safely and compliantly without sacrificing efficiency and quality.
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Though less than ideal, there is optimism that these market conditions will not persist for long. As Des Ross, Operations Manager with Big Bore noted, “I’ve been in the oil industry in one way, shape, form, or another, here for over 30 years. This isn’t the first downturn I’ve seen and it’s not the first downturn any of us have seen, so it’s just a matter of riding out the storm and being ready when the time comes.”

Taking the Sun to a Whole New Level

Taking the Sun to a Whole New Level

Microgrid Solar

Microgrid Energy is a company dedicated to people, profit, and planet. It does not just work on solar power, but rather emphasize energy efficiency that puts less of a drain on the grid. We spoke with Vice President of Business Development Steve O’Rourke about the solar prospects, the challenges the company faces, how rebates are affecting business, and the future of the industry as a whole.
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Missouri voters passed an initiative petition in 2008 that required a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which would create a rebate of $2 per watt for solar power systems on customers’ properties and require utility companies to increase the use of renewable energy until desired targets were met. This would effectively create the solar industry in Missouri.

A Boat for Every Need

A Boat for Every Need

Zodiac Nautic

Zodiac Nautic is making a splash as new ownership gets it back to its roots through a determination to take on the future with innovative products and a mission to “ensure everyone easy access to memorable fun and adventure on the water anywhere, anytime.”
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The company name Zodiac Nautic may be relatively new to the market, but Zodiac itself has been around for more than a century. Its rich 120-year-old history originates in France. “It made inflatable balloons back in the heyday when there was a race to get people up in the air and flying like a bird,” says Gary Durnan, president of Zodiac Nautic’s Americas division. “Back in the days of the Wright Brothers and the Hindenburg, Zodiac was renowned for making airships and weather balloons – basically, anything that floated in the air with a fabric core.”

Cutting Edge Metal Solutions

Cutting Edge Metal Solutions

Hendrick Manufacturing

Hendrick Manufacturing is part of the Hendrick group of companies, which includes Hendrick Architectural Products, Hendrick Metal Products and Hendrick Screen Company. It delivers cutting-edge perforated and fabricated metal solutions for clients in a number of sectors and with 140 years of metal perforating experience, the company has earned a reputation as an industry leader.
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Hendrick Manufacturing was founded in 1876 by Eli E. Hendrick who developed a high-speed, multiple punch perforation process with funds received from the sale of oil refining patents to John D. Rockefeller. This laid the foundation upon which the entire industry could grow.

Where Tradition and Technology Meet

Where Tradition and Technology Meet

Maine is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation, with a rich maritime history set against striking coastline, forested interior and countless parks and waterways. The easternmost state in the U.S. has a well-earned reputation for its many amenities, from entertainment to some of the finest-quality seafood restaurants in the world. It has a longstanding tradition of shipbuilding going back hundreds of years and is still widely acclaimed for its many wooden sailing vessels used for fishing and transporting goods and passengers.
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Maine’s shipbuilding continues, as seen in companies like Boothbay Harbor Shipyard that was originally known as Sample’s Shipyard. The company was formed over 135 years ago and has created vessels as varied as tall ships, fishing trawlers, tugboats, passenger board and vessels for the Coast Guard.

Decades of Industrial Sealing Solutions Expertise

Decades of Industrial Sealing Solutions Expertise

Dichtomatik Americas

For over thirty years, Dichtomatik has offered its customers a broad range of sealing products and the support of its extensive industry knowledge. With one of the best inventories in the industry, it carries radial shaft seals, O-rings, hydraulic seals, fittings and fastener seals, custom molded rubber and spliced and extruded cord. The company serves the energy and power generation, construction and agriculture, power transmission, fluid handling, lawn and garden material handling and trailer market segments.
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Dichtomatik’s commitment to customer service and delivery has established it as the world’s most extensive, flexible and responsive sealing technologies specialist. The company’s exceptional inventory – a stock of over sixteen million seals – and distribution and logistics capacities enable it to satisfy the needs of the many industries that depend on their machinery being able to move or maintain a seal.

Innovation in Action

Innovation in Action

Seaman Corporation

Seaman Corporation is at the forefront of the innovation, design and manufacture of industrial fabrics, with the films, coatings and applied fabric engineering technology its customers need. Seaman Corporation is committed to advancing the market to provide the best products and services.
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Seaman Corporation has a sixty-five-year legacy as a U.S.-based manufacturer but has changed over time to become a complex and adaptive entity. The company has created a new approach to product development and has invested significantly to achieve those ends.

Opening the Door to Exceptional Design

Opening the Door to Exceptional Design

Renin Canada Corp

Renin Canada Corp. has come a long way, though it remains true to the innovation, sophisticated design and exceptional quality upon which its legacy as a manufacturer and distributor of door systems and related hardware has been built. Through strategic growth and dynamic leadership, Renin has become a market leader and as a result, has opened many doors to multiple market opportunities.
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The Renin legacy began in the 1960s with the design of the sliding mirror closet door and has since evolved to include a number of door styles and hardware. Renin manufactures and distributes door systems that come in a number of formats including: barn doors, sliding bipass and bifold closet doors, room dividers, fabricated glass and mirrors, all in a variety of finishes.

The Future Looks Bright

The Future Looks Bright

SWS

If you are driving in Canada and come across a group of work vehicles with flashing beacons or lighted traffic arrows indicating which lane to take, there is a good chance the lights were made by SWS of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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The company’s name stands for ‘Safety Warning Specialists’ and it manufactures LED safety warning lights, backup alarms, and audible devices in Canada. The firm was founded in 1969 and is now looking at conducting a major expansion of its operations into the United States.

Exact Instruments

Exact Instruments

Cole-Parmer Instrument Company

Cole-Parmer is a leading source of laboratory and industrial fluid handling products, instrumentation, equipment and supplies. This is an industry where being exact is of crucial importance as demonstrated by the critical needs of the company’s customer in fields such as pharmaceuticals, academic research, and industrial process. New advancements in technology will always fuel it to exceed. We spoke with Joy Bennett of the marketing department and Michelle Joly, a technical service representative, to learn more.
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Cole-Parmer was founded in 1955 by Jerry Cole and John Parmer in a small shop in Chicago. Their intent was to provide easy access to a broad array of novel products and do so with the best customer service and technical support available. They were innovators in marketing and advertising and published a four-colour catalogue in a time when catalogues were black and white. This catalogue would become a defining characteristic of the business model into the early 2000s when it was decided that a more environmentally sustainable business strategy should be put in place.

To Mars and Beyond

To Mars and Beyond

FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology

FUTEK is a manufacturer of miniaturized load cells, torque sensors, pressure sensors and associated instruments and software. Its products are widely used in the medical, Medtech aerospace, automotive and automation sectors.
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Back in 2007, FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology, Inc. of Irvine, California, was commissioned by NASA JPL to develop a pair of cryogenic sensors for the Mars Rover Curiosity. The Curiosity was a robotic vehicle, about the size of a car, that NASA planned to use to explore the surface of the Red Planet. The sensors were intended to monitor the force of the Curiosity’s drill bit (which was supposed to drill into the Martian surface and extract samples) and the robot vehicle’s arm.

From Kitchen Table Startup to Industry Leader

From Kitchen Table Startup to Industry Leader

Stronghold Engineering

Stronghold Engineering began with a dream. “When pregnant with my third child, I decided I did not want to work in my then current position in real estate,” remembers President & CEO Beverly Bailey. “I knew the only way to accomplish this was through some kind of self-employment. Scott, my husband, and I prayed about the situation and on October 1, 1991 started our own small electrical contracting business out of our home.”
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In the beginning, the couple ran their humble startup from their kitchen table in Southern California. But it was not long before the company took off, relocating to offices in San Diego and Riverside, California, and earning a place among industry leaders. “With determination, hard work, a talented group of team members, and a commitment to always exceed client expectations, Stronghold Engineering, Inc. has become the company it is today – an award winning general contractor concentrating on government and public construction,” Ms. Bailey explains.

Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Making a Difference, One Patient at a Time

Lifemark

Lifemark has grown to become one of Canada’s largest independent healthcare providers. The healthcare leader boasts over 120 clinics across seven provinces providing comprehensive rehabilitation programs and services and independent medical and functional assessments.
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From physiotherapy, massage therapy, and occupational therapy to kinesiology, and chiropractic, Lifemark delivers fully integrated, individually tailored rehabilitation programs to help patients achieve optimal health, a quick recovery from illness or injury and a safe return to work.

Foot Care with Soul

Foot Care with Soul

BioPed

In talking with Peter Scully, the president and chief executive officer of BioPed, it becomes clear that there are company benefits derived from striving to not only make a profit but also to go out of the way to make a positive contribution to society as a whole…
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The company has changed drastically in the years since Peter Scully came on board and has become an example for not only the custom orthotics industry but for businesses in general. Its primary focus is to provide a comprehensive array of products and service that make alleviating foot pain more accessible and affordable to all, including those who are without coverage.

A Place to Live, a Place to Grow

A Place to Live, a Place to Grow

City of Dover, NH

When businesses are considering establishing a presence in a new area, or relocating to a different location, there are many things to consider – from access to roads, rail, and airports, to business parks, proximity to major centers, and the ability to draw upon a skilled talent pool of potential employees. There are, however, other key aspects to quality of life, such as good schools, safe streets, and a vibrant downtown. All of these amenities and many others can be found in the historic City of Dover in New Hampshire.
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Ranked one of the Top 100 Places to Live by CNN/Money Magazine and located in one of New England’s most desirable areas, Dover is the fastest-growing city in all of the state of New Hampshire, for very good reason. With its prime, scenic location less than an hour’s drive to the White Mountains and the beaches of Lake Winnipesauke or the Atlantic Ocean, close proximity to Boston, an educated workforce, three industrial parks, tourist attractions for all ages, outdoor activities and attractions, and The University of New Hampshire just minutes away, Dover is a year-round place to work, live, and play in an environment meeting rural, urban, and suburban needs.

Serving the Public

Serving the Public

The Malden, Massachusetts Department of Public Works

Malden is a mid-sized city in Massachusetts, located a few miles from Boston. The city is in the midst of a major public works effort to replace water pipes and make municipal garbage pickup greener and more efficient. The man spearheading these efforts is Robert “Bobby” Knox, director of Malden’s department of public works (DPW).
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“I’m in charge of water, sewers, parks, highways, street lights, traffic lights, et cetera. Any quality of life issues, the DPW handles,” says Knox, a long-time public works veteran.

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