September 2017

Designed to Last

Designed to Last

Adetel Solution

Adetel Solution, in Montreal, is part of the International Cendum Adetel Group, which has offices worldwide. The company specializes in custom solutions and innovation and is dedicated to taking on unique engineering challenges and designing quality products that last.
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Adetel Solution initially got its start as the group Telecite, thirty years ago in Montreal. It designed light-emitting diode (LED) displays, and its first customer was the STCUM (once responsible for commuter trains in Montreal) as it equipped the metro cars with LED displays.

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

Panama City Mall

Panama City, Florida is an idyllic place on St. Andrews Bay, along Route 98, with long stretches of white sandy beaches, amusement parks, and an old fishing town that caters to both locals and a large tourist population. Panama City Mall is the perfect complement to the city as it is the only enclosed shopping center for sixty-five miles.
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Panama City Mall opened its doors at the time of America’s bicentennial celebrations in 1976. Although the mall is standard in some respects, the Ownership and Mall Management, including General Manager Kim Wise and Marketing Director Erin Wommack, have made serious efforts to appeal to the surrounding communities’ need for both shopping and an area that educates and celebrates on many levels.

Revolutionizing Fashion, Beauty, and Health in Canada

Revolutionizing Fashion, Beauty, and Health in Canada

Opulence

In 2005, Ramin Mesgarlou started Opulence (then known as Global Wealth Trade Corporation, or GWT Corp) from his home office with a vision that was twofold. First, he wanted to create one-of-a-kind fashion and beauty products, and second, he wanted to give entrepreneurs all over the world a chance to build their own wealth by selling these high quality products through their own online businesses.
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As a former wrestler, Mesgarlou comes from a completely different professional background. But his fresh approach to a 5,000-year-old business was exactly what was needed to revolutionize Canada as a fashion leader. Today, Opulence’s three fashion lines compete alongside renowned brands, including Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Its collections have been worn on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, Oscars, and Golden Globes. Opulence is also known for creating world class beauty and health products.

Living La Vida Local

Living La Vida Local

The Benefits of Buying Close to Home

From microbrewery beer and freshly-picked beets to handmade furniture and neighbourhood bicycle repair shops, spending our money on locally-sourced goods and services has become a passion for many who recognize the benefits to consumers, small businesses, the community, the environment, and even our health.
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On social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest, there are thousands of groups across North America advocating the advantages of ‘going local’ and purchasing from local companies who provide family-owned products.

Lighting the Way in Education

Lighting the Way in Education

Tufts University

Tufts University is a moderately sized university in Medford, Massachusetts with a focus on scientific research and liberal arts. Named for Charles Tufts, an American businessman and philanthropist, who donated 20 acres of land to the school in 1852 and later an additional 80 acres, Tufts University is now one of the longest standing colleges in the Boston area.
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There is a local legend surrounding Charles Tufts and the university he built. It is said that when Charles was asked what he planned to do with “That bleak hill over in Medford,” he replied: “I will put a light on it.” 150 years later, Charles’ vision for the university he built has truly been fulfilled. Tufts University is a great symbol of light and an institution of enlightenment on the highest hills of Medford, Massachusetts.

Reimagining the Dynamic of Labour Relations

Reimagining the Dynamic of Labour Relations

The Christian Labour Association of Canada

This year, the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC), is celebrating 65 years of advocacy, representation and success as a union that is committed to creating positive workplaces, lives and communities for its members through its approach to labour relations that is built on Christian values of respect, dignity and fairness.
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Since its founding in 1952, CLAC has viewed labour relations differently, doing so by fostering a collaborative and cooperative bargaining climate with the end goal of more positive outcomes when compared to the highly adversarial approach often taken by traditional unions. CLAC sets out to achieve win-win solutions for its members and their employers by developing stronger working relationships between the two entities. It is believed that in taking this positive approach to labour relations greater workplace satisfaction will result.

Welcoming Manufacturing Businesses

Welcoming Manufacturing Businesses

Marion County, IA

Across Iowa, more companies are realizing the benefits that come with doing business in this Midwestern state and particularly in Marion County. The county was named after Brigadier General Francis Marion, who served in the American Revolutionary War. This scenic area has been a popular location for businesses for well over a century and is today the home of many respected companies including window and door manufacturer Pella Corporation, Precision Pulley & Idler, Vermeer Corporation and others such as the 3M Company, Weiler Corporation, Cascade Lumber Company, Van Gorp Corporation, Lely and LDJ Manufacturing.
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Marion County is located less than an hour’s drive from Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines – a large center for insurance companies and financial institutions. The county helps businesses stay viable and competitive with everything from infrastructure enhancements to a quality and educated workforce, lower cost of living, central U.S. location and much more.

Community-Based Economic Development

Community-Based Economic Development

Midwest Partnership

Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit economic development organization in West Central Iowa that was first formed as I-80 Development in 1992. Adair and Guthrie Counties came together to form the organization in order to handle leads and prospects in business development along the Interstate.

The Best of Both Worlds

The Best of Both Worlds

Pine County, MN

Pine County has been around as long as the state of Minnesota. For many years it was a rural, agricultural community made up of smaller towns of about fifteen hundred residents. That began to change with the pan-urban growth out of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis – Saint Paul) in the 1980s and 1990s, and there has been a fair amount of population growth since then, particularly in the southern part of the county…
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Pine County has evolved from a principally agricultural community into an industrial and commercial center as well. The county grew enormously from 1970 up until the start of the recent recession, when it was hit hard. It is now starting to pick up again and grow consistently, and has regained pre-recession levels of employment and wage growth. Today, Pine County has reached its current status through well-developed service and hospitality sectors, manufacturing facilities, and diverse commercial development.

Laidback Lakes Living

Laidback Lakes Living

Otter Tail County

Otter Tail is a rural county in beautiful west central Minnesota. It is geographically blessed – from a natural resource perspective – with 1,048 lakes, more than any other county in the entire United States. This has resulted in the county having more shoreline than California and Florida put together. It is quite large, spanning roughly 2,500 square miles. “If you were to take all of the highways within the county, stretch them out and lay them end-to-end, they would stretch to Houston, Texas,” says Economic Development Director Nick Leonard.
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Given the natural beauty of Otter Tail, it is a coveted tourist destination, but there are also 60,000 people who live here. Most of these residents call Otter Tail home for twelve months of the year, but because of the county’s outdoor amenities and the pleasantly warm summer climate, Otter Tail is a popular retirement community and has a significant senior population who summer away. It is estimated that the Otter Tail’s population nearly doubles in the summer months.

The Right Place to Be

The Right Place to Be

Wright County, MN

Pardon the pun, but Wright County really is the right place to be if you have a choice of small business-friendly communities in which to live and work. Depending on where you are in the county, you are only thirty to forty-five minutes from all the amenities of the urban centers of St. Paul-Minneapolis and St. Cloud, and yet you are surrounded by rolling farm country and over two hundred lakes. Visit Monticello, on the banks of the Mississippi, and you will see flocks of trumpeter swans, once an endangered species. Moreover, the county’s economic development partnership is ready to talk business. Its mission statement: “Partnering for Opportunities” says it all. Intrigued? Read on.
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Wright County Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP) is the primary point of contact for existing, start-up and relocating businesses throughout the county. There are many who agree with WCEDP Executive Director Duane Northagen when he says, “I think we’ve got an awful lot to offer, not only for businesses but also for their families who want to relocate here, to live and to recreate.”

Open for Business

Open for Business

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar, MN

Located just two hours west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, is the City of Willmar, in Kandiyohi County. Business in Focus spoke with Aaron Backman, the executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC); Joanna Schrupp, business development officer for the MinnWest Technology Campus; and Betsy Bonnema from co-working space WORKUP, to learn more about this dynamic county and what it has to offer for existing and prospective businesses.
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Kandiyohi County is an area that is seeing solid growth, new investments, and thriving local businesses with a focus on agriculture technology, advanced manufacturing, medical health and life sciences. It boasts some of the most innovative companies and public/private collaborations in west-central Minnesota.

A Smart, Growing City

A Smart, Growing City

City of Kirksville, MO

Nicknamed “the smartest city in rural America,” Kirksville, Missouri, is home to world-class educational institutions as well as businesses of all sizes. With a well-educated workforce and a business-friendly culture, the city offers boundless opportunities for new and expanding businesses.
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Kirksville is a regional hub in northeastern Missouri, located on US Highway 63. The city is served by the Kirksville Regional Airport. With a population of 17,500 in Kirksville and nearly 26,000 in Adair County, it is the largest community in the area.

“Always Doing”

“Always Doing”

City of Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg is the largest city in the county with thirty-eight thousand residents, and it is also the county seat of Spartanburg County, in South Carolina. The city has taken a proactive approach in transforming itself through business, education, health and wellness, neighborhood communities, culture and much more.
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The city strives for a vibrant community that will attract businesses, families, students and a more diverse workforce, and the city’s tagline ‘Always Doing’ represents the city well. AS its website explains, “Spartanburg is a city that doesn’t just create goals, but achieves them. Doesn’t just house businesses, but advances them. We are doing more because we were raised to do nothing less. That’s why Spartanburg is always doing.”

The Problem Solvers

The Problem Solvers

Faustel

Faustel is a privately held solutions provider for coating and laminating equipment that process paper, film, foil, and non-woven materials (nonwovens is a special category of fabric-like materials made by tangling fibers into a web rather than weaving). The company has also developed equipment to work with exotic materials such as carbon fiber.
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Technically, the company is a manufacturer of equipment that enables the operator to coat and laminate these materials, but according to Vice President of Technical Sales and Marketing Chris Clark, Faustel is more than a manufacturer. “We like to be able to become a problem solver for the customer, helping them come up with innovative and cost effective solutions.”

Where People Make The Major Difference

Where People Make The Major Difference

Major Tool & Machine, Inc.

Major Tool & Machine, Inc. (MTM) is a world-recognized leader with decades of industry experience in contract manufacturing, providing turnkey services that include material conversion, forming and fabrication, precision welding, precision machining, assembly and testing.
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MTM focuses on working with industry leaders, such as Fortune 1000 companies, and government agencies including the United States Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. These entities appreciate the tremendous value MTM brings to their markets and their missions.

So Much More than Metal

So Much More than Metal

Kloeckner Metals Corporation

While it offers flat rolled, heavy carbon and specialized metal products, Kloeckner Metals Corporation is so much more than steel. It is making great strides in modernizing its operations and transforming the technology and processes to improve the customer interface. The ultimate goal is to overhaul the way the markets function and change the industry as we know it.
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Kloeckner Metals Corp. is headquartered in Roswell, Georgia and is part of Klöckner & Co. SE Group, one of the largest producers in North America and Europe. It is also an independent steel and metals distributor and leading service center.

Defining a New Era of Growth

Defining a New Era of Growth

J.W. Winco

Manufacturer and distributor J.W. Winco offers over 25,000 standard machine components and industrial parts – in both metric and imperial sizing – as well as customized pieces. The company has operated for over thirty years and is still headquartered in New Berlin, Wisconsin, where it got its start as a distributor in 1985.
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The company offers a broad inventory as well as in-house machining and manufacturing services and customization options to satisfy any part or component need. It promises free shipping for orders over $50 and can ship product within twenty-four hours, thanks to its enormous inventory and all-encompassing product categories

Positively Guiding People

Positively Guiding People

Creative Sign Designs

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, in a 50,000-square-foot integrated manufacturing facility, Creative Sign Designs is a nationally recognized leader in custom interior and exterior signage that incorporates high-technology design, top-of-the-line construction, and installation.
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From carefully considered and crafted way-finding signs in hospitals and parks, to national banking and restaurant accounts, to the landmark signage on the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa, Creative Sign Designs is helping people get to where they want to be.

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