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Fiberglass (FRP/GRP) products offer many advantages over traditional materials like stainless steel, concrete or wood. With high strength, light weight and outstanding corrosion resistance, FRP/GRP materials can be very cost-effective over time.

Today, many industries rely on FRP/GRP...

Founded in 1996 Excel Commercial Maintenance (ECM) has since grown into one of the top maintenance and cleaning companies in the Northeast. The success of the company is based on a simple philosophy. “Find the...

Dudley Frederick founded Frederick’s Machine & Tool Shop Inc. (Frederick’s Machine) in 1965 as a small, family-owned machine shop located in Erath, La. Frederick’s Machine has since grown significantly over the years and now employs a large staff of skilled employees to manufacture...

Friant & Associates (Friant) is an office furniture designer and manufacturer that has been exceeding customer’s expectations for over 20 years. Utilizing a factory-direct process, the Oakland, Calif.-headquartered company has established itself as a provider of easy-to-install,...

When winter hits hard with snow, sleet and freezing rain, making for slippery surfaces and icy conditions, there’s one company that has developed the products to help fight back and ease the winter blues. Gaia Enterprises Inc., the maker of Safe Paw Ice Melter...

Herb and George Gartner established Gartner Refrigeration & Mfg. Inc. (Gartner) in 1945 out of a small building just south of Minneapolis. The 3,000-square-foot space provided just enough room for the small team to perform ammonia refrigeration installations and...

To many, corporations are faceless entities that in recent times get more press when they fail than when they succeed. But search more deeply and it's possible to find corporations that run correctly, functioning almost like small communities, where the good of each person affects the good of...

In July 1970 Grasan Equipment Company (GEC) started as a small fabricating shop in downtown Mansfield, Ohio. “We started with nothing and built our business up into a successful equipment manufacturing business,” says Marian Eilenfeld, president of GEC.

After more than 44 years, the...

Since 1979, Green Leaf Incorporated has grown from humble beginnings to its standing today as an expert design manufacturer of fluid flow solutions in valves, couplings, fittings and more that support a wide range of industry. The family-run...

What started as a small sand screw operation in Benton, Kan., has evolved into a world-class aggregate equipment manufacturer. GreyStone Inc. (GreyStone) now develops innovative, green-friendly solutions for complete sand washing, classifying and dewatering, including engineering, equipment,...

Based on outward appearance alone, an automotive assembly factory, a steel manufacturing plant and a lumber yard may not seem to have much in common, yet each one can find great use for high-capacity forklifts.

And if that lifting equipment is made in a certain East Chicago, Indiana,...

Spiral, oval, PVC, square, rectangular — when it comes to ductwork, Hranec Sheet Metal Inc. (Hranec SMI) is the leading expert in all forms. Based in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, just south of Pittsburgh, the union HVAC manufacturer has...

Material handling is a business in which the values of product quality, safety and efficiency must all be equally balanced. Hy-Tek Material Handling, Inc. (Hy-Tek) performs this balancing act expertly because everyone in the company is invested in its success, both philosophically and...

Hycomp Inc. (Hycomp) is a small, family-owned manufacturer based in Hyde Park, Utah. Robert James, president of Hycomp, has owned and operated the business since 1997. Robert’s father, William, founded the company as Aeroflow in 1969 and the business left family hands for a few years in the...

In 1923, C.C. Crispen got the idea for a moveable seat that was able to travel up and down stairs after visiting a convalescing neighbor who was confined to an upstairs bed. As a self-taught mechanical engineer, Crispen developed a prototype and obtained a patent and...

The power, strength and performance to get the job done, from the ranch to the wilderness, all at an affordable price point – that’s the Intimidator Inc. promise. Headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, Intimidator is a family-run operation, headed up by husband-wife team of Robert and Becky...

Since 1954, Kentucky Correctional Industries (KCI) has been harnessing the enormous workforce potential of the state’s prison population while preparing inmates for life after prison.

With operations spread across eight correctional facilities, KCI serves...

Larry Koenig founded Komar Industries Inc. (Komar) in 1977 as a waste equipment distribution business in Iowa. As he broadened his reach in the market, Larry diversified his operations. The company grew steadily, and eventually, the founder relocated the business to central Ohio, where Komar...

Craig Upton founded KPI Concepts Inc. (KPI) in 1984 out of a small setup in his garage. “I had worked for General Electric and Caterpillar before setting out on my own,” he says. “We’ve changed quite a bit over the years. We started out as Kitchen and Counters Plus, and then Kitchens Plus, and...

Lift-A-Loft Corporation (Lift-A-Loft) has been reaching new heights for more than 62 years. The Indiana-based manufacturer specializes in the design, engineering and customization of aerial lifts. Lift-A-Loft started out as a streetlight maintenance operation, and is now a major supplier of...

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