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Fessenden Coop Association (Fessenden Coop) has been in business since 1943 when a group of farmers joined forces to boost buying power and create better marketing opportunities in central North Dakota. With a head...

FiberLight, LLC (FiberLight) is an industry-leading provider of mission-critical, high-performance fiber optic networks headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. Initially founded in 1998 as a subsidiary of American Communication Services Inc. (ACSI), FiberLight offers an array of solutions, including dark...

As the oldest-running cooperative in the country, Iowa-bred First Cooperative Association (FCA) reigns true to its name, building on a proud heritage of the cooperative model and advancing agriculture producers in northwest Iowa. This legacy is tied to the Farmers’ Cooperative Elevator of Marcus...

In early summer 2014, Iowa-based Five Star Cooperative (Five Star) paid more than $602,000 back to its members in dividend payments. And with solid local earnings in 2014, Five Star plans to do it all over again in 2015, reinvesting in...

For Randy Weiss, president and CEO of Five Star Foods in Knox, Indiana, the grocery business has been not only a career path, but a lifelong devotion. March 2015 marked 40 years in the industry for Weiss and 50 years for the family-owned...

Frank Krob founded FJ Krob and Company (FJK) in 1910 after purchasing a local grain elevator in Ely with brother in-law, Wes Fiala. The business began with one elevator for grain. As many other elevator operators did in those days, Frank and Wes sold coal. In 1918, shortly after Frank returned...

Flavor Infusion (FISA) has been in business since 2004, when Daniel DeClark established the business in California. With more than 35 years in the flavor industry, Daniel saw an opportunity to shape FISA into a successful component of...

Taylor Bumbalough founded Food Concepts (FC) in 1980. The business started out as a small industrial manufacturer, making powdered coffee blends under holding company Coffee Connexion. “Since then, we have greatly diversified,” says Doug VanVoorst, general manager of FC. “I wear many hats here....

In the global business world, in-house counsel offers much more than expert legal insight, this team is also part of key management, assisting in garnering new business and helping support sales, revenue and business partnerships — all with the legal backing to ensure these decisions are made...

Dudley Frederick founded Frederick’s Machine & Tool Shop Inc. (Frederick’s Machine) in 1965 as a small, family-owned machine shop located in Erath, La. Frederick’s Machine has since grown significantly over the years and now employs a large staff of skilled employees to manufacture...

Since 1980, Freight Dispatch Service has been operating on the U.S.-Mexico border. The company is family-owned and -operated and serves as the anchor in an international group of businesses serving the trade and logistics communities on...

Frenchman Valley Cooperative Inc. (FVC) has been serving farmers in Nebraska for more than 100 years, as it originally began in 1912 as a grain cooperative under the name Farmers Union Equity. FVC has changed structure and name several times over the decade, but maintains a continued commitment...

Sometimes people are meant to fulfill certain roles in a career path that has more or less chosen them; and that is the case with Dawn Voss, now CEO of Fresh Alternatives LLC (Crispers). The fast-paced, casual Florida-based restaurant chain is now satisfying palates across the state. “I’ve...

From West Hollywood to Newport Beach, Santa Monica to Calabasas, soon-to-be LAX and 12 other locations throughout greater Los Angeles, the Fresh Brothers concept for family-friendly pizza, salad, wings and other casual fare has taken...

From West Hollywood to Newport Beach, Santa Monica to Calabasas, soon-to-be LAX and 12 other locations throughout greater Los Angeles, the Fresh Brothers concept for family-friendly pizza, salad, wings and other casual fare has taken off. But it is not only sprawling growth across southern...

Pierre Panos wants each of his guests to have it all when it comes to their dining experience in one of his restaurants. He believes every guest deserves expedient, attentive service and freshly prepared food of outstanding quality. What truly sets Panos apart, however, is he believes all of...

Manny Robles and Randal Shepherd founded FreshKO Produce Services (FPS) in 2002. The partners each bring decades of experience in the highly competitive produce trade to the table and independently built their careers from small operations to major distributors. “I ran a roadside produce stand...

Freshouse Produce (Freshouse) is a family of companies in the Mid-Atlantic offering fresh produce and packaging solutions to customers around the region. The parent company operates from its corporate headquarters in Riverhead, N.Y., with four satellite warehouses and facilities up and down the...

Friant & Associates (Friant) is an office furniture designer and manufacturer that has been exceeding customer’s expectations for over 20 years. Utilizing a factory-direct process, the Oakland, Calif.-headquartered company has established itself as a provider of easy-to-install,...

As the name suggests, Friendly Express Inc. (Friendly) gets along very well with the company’s customers. More importantly, though, Friendly gets along especially well with communities in which the company inhabits. The Georgia-based convenience store organization donates a substantial amount of...

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