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Amsdell Companies is a privately owned family of real estate and development companies based in Cleveland, Ohio. The family business has been around since 1928 in a number of incarnations; it started as a construction company, and has since been active in several billions of dollars worth of...

“I was not really born for this job, I was bred for it,” Steve Rogers laughs. "I have done almost every job in this place!" Steve grew up working alongside his father Ron in his plastic injection molding company, Anchor Tool & Plastic. After Ron expanded the company to Nogales, Mexico, Steve...

Alberto Fernandez Sr. founded ANF Group Inc. (ANF) in 1981. After spending years in commercial development, Alberto Sr. wanted to start a family business for the Fernandez’s future.

Alberto Sr. accomplished his dream; today his sons, Alberto Jr. and Nelson, operate ANF with longtime...

Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc. (APV) is out to prove the value of industrial wastewater. The Calgary, Alberta-based company began in 1992 developing a prototype evaporator technology for treating landfill leachate, and by 1997 the pioneering company had applied for a process patent.

The company...

The year 2013 marks the 38-year anniversary of Atlas Copco-Mafi-Trench (Mafi-Trench). Mafi-Trench’s parent company, Atlas Copco, has been in business for even longer: an impressive 140 years.

Today, Mafi-Trench is a global leader in the production of expansion turbines, known as expanders...

Bentley World Packaging Ltd. (BWP) came about almost by accident in 1973. Tom Bentley III, owner and chairman of the board of BWP, launched the business as an offshoot of his family’s longstanding construction company.

“I am the fifth generation in the family business,” Tom says. “We...

Walter Bird founded Birdair Inc. (Birdair), the first company to develop and build air-supported membrane structures, in 1956. In 1972 Birdair introduced Teflon-coated fiberglass, and the first permanent tensile membrane structure was constructed at LaVerne College in California. Birdair is...

CJ Hughes founded CJ Hughes Drilling in 1946, which later evolved to become CJ Hughes Construction Company Inc. (CJH). Over the years, the business has grown and diversified greatly and now performs a number of renovation and new ...

Craig’s Concrete Inc. (CCI) is a commercial and residential concrete business specializing in applications for the agricultural industry. Craig Lemenager, owner and president of CCI, founded the company in 1980 with a single excavator and a strong will to succeed.

“I just sort of fell...

David McKnight has always considered himself a natural entertainer with a knack for event planning, but he’s also level-headed enough to know which risks to take. McKnight founded Emerald City Designs LLC (ECD) in 1993 as a side project to his career in corporate America and get his feet...

In the 1920s Paul Gurrad opened San Diego Stucco Company on Market Street in San Diego, Calif. Inspired by the Panama-California Exposition, the name of the business was later changed to Expo Stucco Company. The business grew throughout the years, expanding from a manufacturer and retailer of...

From GAI Consultants’ office in downtown Orlando, Florida, CEO Gary DeJidas feels immense pride looking across the city’s skyline. But he also can’t help but reflect on what’s less visible—GAI’s history and its future.

Thirty-five years ago,...

For more than 30 years George and Swede Sales & Service Inc. (G & S) has provided western New York with construction equipment sales and rentals. As a full-service dealership, G & S stocks a wide variety of parts and rentals in addition to sales and service departments that cover 17...

Tim Davison founded Kemp West Inc. (KWI) in 1982 to provide land-clearing services for power line construction and road building. For more than 30 years, the business has grown significantly and now employs 70 people. KWI...

For the last 20 years, Houston-based L-Con Inc. has been a proven leader in construction services as a single-source contractor for a range of heavy industries in the process, refining, midstream, petrochemical, terminal, power and steel...

Since 1994, MacLellan Integrated Services Inc. has been helping industrial manufacturing clients keep their busy production lines running. MacLellan offers a full suite of critical process cleaning services and other maintenance activities, such as robotics maintenance, sludge and wastewater...

After nearly 50 years, second-generation, woman-owned Mamais Construction has grown from a small one-room, one-truck operation to a full-service general contractor with more than 150 skilled, in-house craftspeople. Centered in Manhattan, Mamais has...

One of the toughest things for a business about selling merchandise is moving the merchandise. It needs to go from transport trucks into warehouses off of pallets onto the showroom floor, and this takes the right kind of equipment. Material Handling Inc. (MHI) has been making that type of...

The McShan family has constructed an international legacy in the lumber business. It all began in 1907, when Nathan McShan founded McShan Lumber Company Inc. (MLC) in the town named after his family: McShan, Ala. Over the past 105 years, the McShan family has carried on Nathan’s passion through...

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,...

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