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With more consolidation taking place and more national names taking over in the distribution industry, family-owned and -operated businesses are few and far between. Even less likely are companies with more than a century of history, but Sid Kurlander & Son Inc. is an anomaly in wholesale...

New Orleans is a city with a long history that’s synonymous with big parties, good food and toe-tapping music, and Signature Destination Management LLC (SDM) is an ideal match for the colorful locale. Celebrations, conventions, meetings, team-building seminars, outdoor adventures, festivals and...

When you ask Tony Hemann, general manager of north eastern Iowa-based SilverEdge Cooperative (SilverEdge), what sets the locally owned cooperative apart from others in the region, he’ll tell you to turn its 1,300 members. “Meeting the demands of our members drives our business,” he says. “They’...

By a strong stroke of luck, the United States is one of the largest countries in the world located in a zone on the planet extremely favorable for the production and harvesting of food. America’s family-run farms have produced food and grain that has fed the world for hundreds of years. As the...

Founded in 1902, Monticello, Florida-based Simpson Nurseries is one of the nation’s largest producers of trees and deciduous shrubs.

Founded by Fred Beshears and a group of local farmers in 1975, today Simpson Nurseries is wholly owned and...

Owning and operating a livestock business isn’t an easy way to make a living. Sioux Nation Ag Center (Sioux Nation) understands this, and operates as a support system for companies in the competitive industry. The South Dakota-based company offers everything a livestock producer needs, including...

The most memorable, scrumptious holiday meal or any home-cooked comfort food for that matter, isn’t complete without freshly baked, warm, buttery dinner rolls. But for many families today, time is of the essence and there’s hardly enough of it to prepare dough, allow it to rise and bake. Luckily...

Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains just miles from the Puget Sound in Burlington, Washington, Skagit Farmers Supply is a locally owned cooperative with deep-seated roots in the community. From its beginnings as a 46-member cooperative...

Slade Gorton & Co Inc. (Slade Gorton) takes pride in knowing that no other company in the United States comes close to matching the breadth of its product selection in fresh, frozen or value-added premium seafood products. The family-owned and -operated company works with a network of more...

Technology and innovation drive changes in the grain storage and handling industry each year. SMA LLC is at the forefront of providing integrative solutions to the design of commercial storage tanks and elevators....

Virginia-based Smart Machine Technologies Inc. and division SMT Food and Beverage Systems are world-class leaders in beer microbreweries, contract manufacturing of build-to-print equipment and custom-made machinery. SMT’s highly tenured...

Technology never stops moving, and since 1922 neither has Smithville Communications Inc. (Smithville). The company started out as a communications provider linking quarries across Indiana’s Monroe County and now provides services to much of the southernmost two-thirds of the state. The telephone...

Smith’s Farm Inc. (Smith’s Farm), located in Presque Isle, Maine, is a family-owned and -operated company that has been dedicated to producing fresh broccoli, potatoes and grain for over 150 years. What has assured the company’s success for over a century-and-a-half is that the promise of...

Smitty Bee Honey Inc. (SBH) dates back to the 1920s, when Louis Henkelman kept bees as a hobby. Louis’ son-in-law, LaVern Schmitz, turned his hobby into a business, marketing to honey packers in the Midwest. Throughout the 1940s, honey demand increased due to sugar rationing to promote the war...

Snider’s Super Foods (SSF) dates back three generations to 1922 when Louis Snider started selling produce in Kansas City, Mo. With a team of horses and a wagon, he drove door to door, dealing fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents. While the business has changed significantly over the...

An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) produces products or components that are purchased by another company and retailed under the purchasing company’s brand name. Soo Tractor Sweeprake Co. (Soo Tractor) is one such OEM, and a highly successful one at that. Thousands of farmers across the U.S...

After 42 years in the citrus business, Steve Sorrells, president of Sorrells Citrus Inc. (Sorrells Citrus) has seen his fair share of industry challenges, from...

In Bellingham, a small city in the northernmost corner of Washington State, Sound Beverage Distributors Inc. has been a locally owned, trusted name in beer and wine distribution since the early 1950s. The company caters to all retail-...

After years of working in Argentina for numerous meat companies as a beef exporter, Alejandra “Alex” Vidal-Soler moved to the United States and started her own company. South American Beef Inc. was founded in 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa. Since...

For more than 50 years, South Coast Terminals LP (SCT) has been a reliable partner and service provider for major oil and chemical companies. Amoco, BP, Chevron, Dow, Eastman Chemical, ExxonMobil, Lubrizol, Shell, Shrieve Chemical Products and many...

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