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StateLine Cooperative (SLC) came together in 1996 as a merger of six separate agricultural cooperatives in north central Iowa. “The individual co-ops go back to the early 1900s,” says Larry Sterk, CEO and general...

“Are we unique? Heavens no,” says Agronomy manager Chuck Peter. “Are the tools we have at our disposal unique? Definitely not.”

How, then, has StateLine Cooperative spent the last 19 years as a profitable farming coop in Northern Iowa and...

Is your Corporation Shareholder/Buy-Sell or Limited Liability Company Operating/Partnership Agreement up to date? Does it still reflect what you would want to have happen upon a certain event?

Successful business owners know firsthand that their businesses today rarely resemble the...

In terms of technology, emphasis is often placed on the physical device — is it the latest model, does it take the highest-quality photos and does it run the newest applications? These are the questions most people ask, but in Beaverton, Oregon, just outside of Portland, the...

Romain Stewart and Lee Jasper teamed up in 1948 to take on the poultry industry, but 10 years later the duo recognized the potential of California almonds and decided to give farming a shot. Since that day in the mid-1950s the company the two formed has never looked back. Today Stewart &...

Stewart Grain Co. Inc. (SGC) was founded in 1922 when Bert Etchison decided to join A.J. Miller and Joe Weaver in forming an Indiana grain elevator company. In 1928 the Etchison family bought the other partners out, and Bert’s son Elmer Etchison began his career by keeping the steam engine fired...

Stillwater Milling Company (SMC) has been around in a number of incarnations since 1891. What began as a processor of wheat flour and corn meal has grown into one of Oklahoma’s leading agricultural supply operations. In the 1950s, industrial innovations and changing work and home lifestyles...

“My father moved to our present location in Dallas County, Iowa in 1934 and started raising small amounts of public-certified seeds such as oats and soybeans,” tells Stine. Born and raised in Adel and growing up around the family business, Stine graduated from Central Dallas High School and then...

Stoughton Trailers LLC (Stoughton) is a specialized trailer manufacturer based in Stoughton, Wis. The company has grown to include two locations – Brodhead and Evansville – and is celebrating its 51-year anniversary in 2012. Stoughton is a family-owned and -operated business ranking in the top...

In Maynard, Massachusetts, Stratus Technologies Inc. is developing hardware and software solutions that keep a number of critical industries and services up and running through always-on systems. The ever-escalating demand on networks and...

In Chester, Montana, the team at Stricks Ag is helping to revitalize the local agricultural community. Stricks Ag serves as a merchandiser of high-quality, high-demand grains and a source of expert knowledge in grain markets. The company also offers trucking services designed to meet the needs...

A raise bore machine is primarily used in underground mining, civil construction and hydroelectric projects. It is a mechanical means of drilling a circular hole between two levels of mine and underground area without the use of explosives. Following the drilling of a pilot hole between two...

Subzero Engineering (Subzero) is a growing design, engineering, manufacturing and installer of airflow systems for the information technology industry. Founded in 2005, the company approaches the changing needs of data centers and technology-reliant businesses with innovative design to keep...

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) has been serving the energy needs of southern Arizona since 1938. In 2013, as the cooperative celebrates 75 years in business, SSVEC is providing electricity to more than 51,000 services in the region. “We provide electricity that runs...

Since 2003, family-owned Sun Coast Farms (Sun Coast) has been growing as a vertically integrated grower-packer-shipper in south-central California and beyond. Based in Santa Maria, Sun Coast covers close to 4,000 acres annually,...

Brothers Frank and John Catanzaro founded Sun Fresh Food Service Inc. (SFF) in 1978 as a small produce business in western Pennsylvania. Over the years, the business has grown significantly into a full-service produce wholesaler. Today, SFF is in its second generation of family ownership and...

Sun King Brewery (Sun King) opened in 2009 when Omar Robinson retired from his retirement to feed an insatiable entrepreneurial lust. “My son, Clay, is a brewer,” he explains. “He was brewing for Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery and had been talking about setting out on his own for years with...

At a glance, it would seem that Suncrest Gardens has always been a staple of the landscaping and horticulture community in northeast Ohio.

But in fact, founder Ric Haury began the company with a friend 40 years ago in 1976. When he started the...

Nobody can be a true expert on everything, says Craig Houin, which is why heart surgeons don’t operate on brains and plumbers don’t lay foundations.

Houin helps lead the Sunrise Precision Solutions team, one of two divisions at ...

The Fermanian family opened the first Super King Markets (SKM) grocery store in 1993, beginning a tradition of quality and service in Southern California. After more than 20 years in business, the company has grown and evolved, building a strong market share in and around Los Angeles. Today, SKM...

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