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David Ficher began learning to work on golf cars at the age of 15. “I started as a service tech for another company, right out of a trade-school program,” Ficher explains. “I worked for them for 12 years, learned the trade and got all my certifications through school. One day, I realized that I...

Ron Meade joined Casa Herrera Inc.’s ranks about 16 years ago, and he now serves as the company’s CEO. The Pomona, Calif.-based company manufactures equipment that makes corn and flour tortilla and related products and distributes them worldwide, and during Meade’s time with the company he has...

A.W. Cash founded Cashco Inc. (Cashco) in 1914 to manufacture valve and regulator components for industrial partners, operating from headquarters in Decatur, Ill. In 1934 Cash chose to sell Cashco to the Riley Stocker Corporation (RSC) before acquisition by the U.S. Filter Corporation, which was...

Based in Jacksonville, Illinois, CCK Automations Inc. is a leading electronic contract manufacturer specializing in custom electrical panels and printed circuit boards, providing customers across North America with innovative, high-...

In the deadline-driven manufacturing world — particularly in the automotive industry on the final assembly end — downtime equates to a loss of thousands of dollars per minute and missed deadlines, which in turn means unhappy customers. Major automotive manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company,...

The American automotive industry took a big, well-publicized hit during the recent recession, but the sector and the companies that support it have turned around in a big way. Michigan-based, family-owned Central Conveyor Company (CC) survived the downturn and now thrives as it celebrates its...

Christian Brothers Automotive is an American success story. CEO Mark Carr founded the business in 1982 during a difficult time in his life.
 
“I barely made it out of high school, and when I graduated I lived in a trailer,” said Carr. “I was a garbage collector – I worked on the back...

Cirtronics Corp. (Cirtronics) believes in its people more than most companies. The New Hampshire-based contract manufacturer has remained grounded in teamwork, trust, courage, integrity and a commitment to customers solidified by employee ownership since its founding by Gerardine Ferlins in 1979...

Eight of the top 10 industrial and agricultural chemical brands in the U.S. and 13 of the top 15 in the world turn to one crucial partner for contract production. And that partner is CJB Industries Inc., based in Valdosta, Georgia. Led...

Comlux, The Aviation Group, began bringing luxury in flight to the private traveler in 2003 with operations in Switzerland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Malta, China and Aruba. In 2009, Comlux America was unveiled to the world...

Comlux America LLC (Comlux America) is the American subsidiary of Comlux, The Aviation Group, a company based out of Zurich that was formed in 2003 to provide luxury aircraft chartering, maintenance and VIP completion services to private businesses and individuals. Today, the Comlux family of...

Cooperative Producers Inc. (CPI) is one of Nebraska’ oldest agriculture cooperatives, but it is also one of the largest and fastest growing cooperative in the area. CPI’s mission is two fold. The company believes that growing partnerships in agriculture should always be balanced by ethical...

The full range of residential heating products at Cota & Cota Inc. (Cota & Cota) may offer the best of modern convenience, but the Vermont-based company’s service is nothing short of old-fashioned. Cota & Cota refers to this service-based business style as the Old Yankee Way, where...

On June 1, 2009, the TD & M Company and its assets were purchased by David Cummings, who relaunched the company as Cummings Holdings, LLC, dba Cummings Production Machining (CPM). “Our service is providing production machining for manufacturing companies. Our core includes a wide variety of...

Custom Culinary Inc. (Custom Culinary) is a leading manufacturer of culinary products for the foodservice industry in the United States and internationally. The Illinois-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffith Laboratories, a global player in food ingredients. Custom Culinary has...