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Stephen Smith has owned P & L Rentals (P & L) in Palestine, Texas, for nearly two decades. The business provides site rentals for employees of oil companies, including generators, lighting solutions, well anchors and even temporary housing for work crews.

“My wife, Theresa,...

Pacific Bells Inc. (Pacific Bells) is quickly approaching the holding company’s 25-year anniversary in 2014. Based in Vancouver, Wash., the franchise owner prides itself in being a family of great people serving great food with unsurpassed customer service.

Pacific Bells, and its...

Sheryl Patton founded Pacific West Communications Inc. (PWC) with her parents in October 1981. After more than 30 years of experience, PWC has developed a large and growing presence in the communications market. The PWC team specializes in telecommunication aerial, underground, civil and...

Packrite LLC’s (Packrite) goal as a manufacturer is to help other companies succeed. As the exclusive single-face lamination provider in the southeast, Packrite is the go-to company with state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 2008, Packrite has undergone a tremendous amount of growth in just...

Fernando Nogueira and Joseph Seyedmorteza are partners in running two local restaurant chains, Pancho’s Mexican Buffet (PMB) and Café Sicilia (CS). Fernando and Joseph both come from backgrounds in the restaurant business. The partners now operate seven restaurants: five buffets and two Italian...

Panco Petroleum Co. (Panco) has been in business for more than 100 years. The Panebianco family first established Super Fuel Corp. in 1907, which was originally an ice distribution company, In the 1920s, the business expanded into coal. The Panebianco family established Panco as a division of...

Parts Town LLC (Parts Town) is a restaurant equipment parts supplier with a simple goal: take care of customers and community. The company’s headquarters in Addison, Ill., reverberates with positive energy that stems from the staff’s team spirit, which is reinforced through a corporate climate...

After eight years of related grain trading and feed experience working for three international companies, Pat O’Brien, now president of Pat O’Brien & Sons Inc., decided it was time to put his hard work to use — at his own company. O’Brien founded Pat O’Brien & Sons in 1995 in Hamburg,...

Patriot Renewables LLC (PRL) is one of the most active wind turbine development companies in New England. In just six years the Quincy, Mass.-based company has put two projects online, has one under construction, and has three more in the development pipeline. Building a wind turbine project...

Sometimes a little friendly competition is a good thing. That’s what sparked it all for the now widely acclaimed and rapidly growing Patxi’s Pizza (Patxi’s; pronounced Pah-Cheese) restaurants.

In 2004, Bill Freeman, CEO of the Palo...

Tom and Kathleen Maas, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Pear Valley, always dreamed of owning a winery. This may partially be because Tom was stationed on an army base in Germany, which was surrounded by vineyards. There, he developed a passion for wine, which only deepened as the years passed...

Since 1987, the Thompson family has been perfecting the formula for a better, safer, high-quality egg. Deep in the heart of Illinois farm country, the family-owned and –operated egg farm is a collection of 350-foot and 450-footlong white henhouses home to 1.1 million chickens. While there’s...

For nearly 70 years, Peirone Produce Co. Inc. (Peirone) has delivered top-notch quality, fresh produce to retail grocery stores from its home in Spokane, Wash., to the Canadian border, northern Idaho to western Montana and northeast Oregon. “We offer retailers a full line of wholesale produce,...

In mid-April 2013, Governor Rick Scott of Florida held a news conference to happily announce that the state unemployment rate dropped below 7.5 percent and more than 32,000 private sector jobs were created since the beginning of the year. Scott chose the highly regarded Florida-native Pelican...

Penn’s Best Inc. (PBI) was incorporated in 1979 by Meredith Ruark, the owner of a stone business in Wyoming County, Pa. “He started off very small, with two or three trucks to haul his stone, and developed into a small trucking company,” says Patrick Healey, current president and CEO of PBI....

Peppers Unlimited of Louisiana Inc. (PUL) has roots dating back more than 100 years to when Edmund and Louise Bulliard bottled the first commercially sold cayenne pepper sauce in 1910. Working out of the family kitchen in St. Martinville, La., the couple first began distributing the spicy sauce...

Not all feed is created equal. There are many variables that go into the mix to help ensure healthy, productive animals. In the Pacific Northwest, PerforMix Nutrition Systems LLC is delivering trusted nutrition answers for dairy and beef producers, packaging a more complete feed solution that...

Perham Stockyards Inc. (Perham Stockyards), a family-owned and -operated livestock market, was built in 1974. Based in Perham, Minn., Perham Stockyards sources the highest grade of dairy and beef cattle from regional farms and feedlots alike. Perham Stockyards delivers the fastest pickup and...

Since 1985 Personal Touch Food Service (Personal Touch), a food service management contractor, has provided customers with the highest quality products, while also helping local institutions grow and succeed. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based company serves public and private schools, colleges,...

In the make or break food service industry, oftentimes its survival of the fittest and only those willing to change and adapt to the consumer base thrive. After more than 40 years in business, Peter Piper Pizza (PPP) has learned just that, and the Phoenix-based company’s willingness to embrace...

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