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Since 1993, Atlantic Potato Distributors has been providing grocers in Canada and the United States with high quality potatoes grown throughout eastern Canada and the Northeast U.S. Ralph Hanscome established the business...

Some of Atlantic Roofers Limited’s employees have been on the job for more than 25 years. Others are fresh out of high school. That gives the company perspective on generational shifts, and it’s seen one clear change: the next generation of roofers is...

The year 2013 marks the 38-year anniversary of Atlas Copco-Mafi-Trench (Mafi-Trench). Mafi-Trench’s parent company, Atlas Copco, has been in business for even longer: an impressive 140 years.

Today, Mafi-Trench is a global leader in the production of expansion turbines, known as expanders...

Jarrett Chambers established ATP Nutrition in 2010 with the goal of providing science-driven innovations in plant nutrition. After spending nearly a decade running the largest nutrient company in Canada, he was ready for a new...

Au Bon Pain (ABP) has set the standard for fast-casual restaurants by focusing on high quality, fresh and flavorful foods and nontraditional urban markets. Since its founding in 1978, the Boston-based company has revolutionized and catalyzed the growth of the bakery and café market segment by...

Nebraska is home to nine of the United States' Top 100 agricultural cooperatives according to recently released USDA data. Located in the Golden Triangle in Aurora, Nebraska, Aurora Cooperative is one of these...

Aurora Products Inc. (Aurora) is on a mission to prove with its Aurora Natural product line that not all packaged dried fruit and nut products are created equal. Aurora was founded in 1998 with a goal of producing only the highest quality products possible, which the team achieves by setting...

Doron Ilai founded austiNuts Wholesale Inc. (austiNuts) in 1993 as an effort to bring tasty Mediterranean-style dry-roasted nuts to the United States. “I came from Israel,” says Ilai. “People snack on nuts and dry fruits there on a regular basis.” While obtaining his doctorate in clinical...

Charles Doty founded Automated Conveyor Systems Inc. (ACSI) in 1973 in Jonesboro, Ariz. Over the last four decades, ACSI has grown to become a quality conveyor manufacturer. The business has since relocated to West Memphis, Ark., and continues to evolve and produce leading conveyor equipment for...

The demand on farmers to produce more is stronger than ever before. As a result, the dairy industry is increasingly moving toward more automation and robotics — systems that can control the entire milking parlor from the cow stalls to proper ventilation, temperature sensing, manure management...

Students at State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland have relied on the Auxiliary Services Corporation of SUNY Cortland (ASC) for dining, parking, property protection, mail and campus banking services since 1952. ASC is a set of...

Daryl Mirza founded a small restaurant ventilation cleaning company in 1985. Originally doing business as Facilitec USA, the company rebranded in 2012 and now operates as Averus. “Our company is unique in that we started from the ground up,” says Ron Schaefer, CFO of Averus. “Daryl began as a...

Avtex Solutions LLC (Avtex) was founded in the 1970s as a voice processing company handling the integration of telecommunications and data communications. The growth of computer telephony, IP communications and multi-channel interactions provided opportunities for Avtex to develop strategic...

The Stelzer family has been farming for generations, leaving the world of chemical fertilizers behind in 1971 to adopt organic farming practices to restore the soil’s health. Ever since, the Stelzer family has worked to provide customers with wholesome and responsibly grown foods that serve as...

B&K

“Power to Solve” is B&K’s signature tag line, and that is exactly what the California-based electrical distributor is doing: providing not just a product, but a full, customizable solution. “We do not want our customers to view us solely as a distributor,” says Todd Brown, president and CEO...

Baccus Global LLC is a new, yet already thriving company that manufactures, sells and distributes 12-Volt automotive and lighting products geared to manage emergencies and make travel and outdoor activities safer and easier. The company was formed in 2008 by Matt Inskeep and partners, who...

For 60 years, Bar ALE Inc. has been a family-owned business. Located in Williams, California, the company’s focus is providing value-added feed products to the livestock industry, including horse, swine, poultry, sheep, rabbit, goats, beef and dairy cattle...

Bar Harbor Lobster Company Inc. (BHLC) is an unusual regional seafood distributor based in Orlando, Fla. Jeffrey Hazell, founder and president of BHLC, grew up in coastal Massachusetts. “My father was a commercial lobsterman in Marblehead,” explains Hazell, who never planned on getting into the...

Barcana Inc. (Barcana) is a family business that has been producing an increasingly diverse line of ornamental items for three generations. “It began as a décor business,” says Peter Barthelmess, current president of Barcana and the grandson of the founder. “They were doing window decorations,...

Joe Shemirani, now owner and president of Barons Market, started his career as a civil engineer. Today, he heads a small specialty market with four locations in the San Diego area.

Joe had been working for eight years at a Maryland-based company when he and his wife visited the West Coast...

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