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S&S Cafeterias (S&S) is a fourth-generation family-owned eatery chain based in Macon, Ga. In 1936, James A. Smith Jr. opened the company’s first location in Columbus, Ga.; he was a well-known restaurateur in the area and the first cafeteria found immediate success. In 1949, the family...

Green Smith and partners founded S-Con Inc. (S-Con) in 1990 as a general construction contractor specializing in new construction and plant relocations in the natural gas industry. Smith continues his involvement today as a principal owner, working closely with an experienced management team to...

S-Con Inc. (S-Con), based in Bryan, Texas, is a full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction company. Green Smith, having spent almost 20 years prior in the industry, founded S-Con in 1990 to target the natural gas treating and processing industry.

Trey Brown,...

For S.R. Smith, a residential and commercial pool product manufacturer, business over the last decade has been going swimmingly. Through a series of national and global acquisitions, coupled with organic growth through new...

Founded in 1869, Sahlen Packing Company has been producing fresh, quality meat products for almost 150 years. Located in the former stockyard district of Buffalo, New York, the business started off as a fresh meat...

In June 2008, Samuel and Saul Maldonado founded SAM Engineering & Surveying (SAMES) Inc. as a construction, engineering and surveying firm. Located in Pharr, Texas, SAMES is the product of a vision shared by the...

In 2010 and 2011 Texas saw its driest period in recent history, and Montgomery County hit the driest it has been in over 116 years. For most in the Lone Star State this type or parched weather is nothing new, but thanks to organizations like the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) communities...

San Saba Pecan LP (San Saba) supplies only the finest processed pecans to domestic and international customers alike. San Saba has provided shelled pecan products that set the quality standard for over 40 years, making the company an industry leader in pecan production.

Buddy Adams, CEO...

John Sand founded Sands of Iowa Ag Services (SOI), then known as John Sand & Sons, in 1932 as a small, independent seed sales operation. He began catering to local farmers around the company’s headquarters in northwest Iowa. John built up a market through aggressive promotion of the company’...

Santa Maura Spice & Garlic (Santa Maura) specializes in the import and distribution of dried chilies, spices, grains and dried fruit, serving one of the chief food sectors in the U.S. “We cater to the Latin foods industry, which is the third largest in the country,” explains John Rusconi,...

Since 2002, Savannah Marine Terminal Inc. (SMT), a container transloading company specializing in the handling of bulk materials, food-grade and heavy-lift items, has steadily become one of the largest grain transloaders on the...

A grand total of 22 parishes encompass the region in Louisiana known as Cajun Country, and the city of Lafayette is the heart and soul of Cajun and Creole culture. Just 30 minutes away is Opelousas, La., home to Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s). Over the course of the last 60...

Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s) has remained a family-owned and -operated company since 1955. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Eula Savoie, the Louisiana-based company delivers the best of Cajun culture through specialty meats and food products.

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Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. (Savoie’s) has remained a family-owned and -operated company since 1955. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Eula Savoie, the Louisiana-based company delivers the best of Cajun culture through specialty meats and food products.

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In 1956, Bob Sawyer, fresh out of military service, began planting the seeds for what would grow into a thriving greenhouse business. With kids on the way, Sawyer and his wife, Shirley, began raising perennials, hoping to supplement the income of their growing family.

By 1974, the Sawyers...

The mindset used to be cooperatives and privately owned firms could never work together. However, Scenic Valley Cooperative (Scenic Valley) and Infinity Feeds LLC (Infinity Feeds) have proven otherwise, as the two companies have successfully operated as joint ventures since 2010.

The...

Sharon and Mike Schilling planted the first grapes at what would become SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery (SchillingBridge) in 2002. “The plan was to grow grapes for area wineries,” Sharon explains. The original growing operation was not intended to grow into one of the finest vineyard...

Schmitz Grain Inc. is a full service agronomy business serving customers within 70 miles of its home base in Currie, Minnesota. Founded in 1970 by Norbert Schmitz, the company has earned its reputation as a trusted partner to the region’s farming community.

Employing 45 people between its...

The Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial seem at home on the list of most visited sites in Washington, D.C., but for three years in a row, a specialty wine and liquor store led the competition. Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, a third-...

As director of information technology (IT) at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in Santa Rosa, California, Scott Conrad is responsible for providing the data and communications infrastructure necessary to help students succeed. With over 30-years of private...

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