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LP Building Products (LP) boasts strong leadership and is built upon established relationships, allowing the company to maintain a leading position in engineered wood building products. Nashville, Tenn.-based LP was founded in 1973, and has continued to build a world-class business by constantly...

When A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon purchased a twice-bankrupt Yale Materials Handling factory store in Tampa in 1982, he took a huge risk by draining his lifesavings, sacrificing nearly everything he had to get the company off the ground again. Fortunately, through hard work and customer-driven service...

Just  90 miles south  of St. Louis, Madison County Wood Products Inc. (MCWP) is a vertically integrated logging, timber purchasing, saw mill, pallet manufacturer and delivery operation. MCWP offers a range of hardwood and softwood products from a number of different species. Red, black and white...

Don Law founded Magline Inc. (Magline) in 1947 as an alloys company in central Michigan. The business has grown from its roots to become a major manufacturer for the materials handling industry, utilizing magnesium and aluminum materials to construct lightweight and durable products.

“We...

Master Craft Industrial Equipment Corporation (Master Craft) is a leading manufacturer of rough terrain forklifts in the United States. The Georgia-based company finds its niche in the production of machinery capable of handling loads between 5,000 and 27,500 pounds on all types of terrain....

With the resurgence of the energy market throughout the U.S. and Canada in response to new shale oil and gas production, the need for oilfield service companies is more prevalent than ever before, and many are diving into the industry. However, Justin Pechacek, vice president and operations...

Miller Manufacturing Company (Miller Manufacturing) is a manufacturer and international distributor of farm, ranch and pet products. “Most of our farm and ranch products are made in the United States,” says Dan Ferrise, CEO of Miller Manufacturing. The Minnesota-based company serves the United...

Mizkan Americas Inc. (Mizkan) is the product of over 200 years of Japanese traditions and an unwavering commitment to challenging the status quo. As the American division of the global Mizkan Group Corporation, Mizkan upholds the highest standards for quality and food safety, while investing...

Carlos Villavicencio founded Natural Trade Ltd. (NT) in 2000 to fill what he saw as a critical supply gap in the lumber industry. The NT team works directly with a network of over 100 primary mills across the United States and Canada – including producers of dimensional lumber, 1-inch boards,...

Offshore Cleaning Systems (OCS) offers some of the most diverse environmental maintenance service and technology in the oil and gas industry. The Louisiana-based company has been rethinking tank cleaning for more than 15 years by looking for smarter, safer solutions.

“We utilize...

Since 1999 Ohio Valley Manufacturing has provided value-oriented machining services for a range of industrial manufacturers. With in-house specialization in blanking, stamping and tool and die machining, the family business stands out as a premier...

Ohmite Manufacturing Company has been a leader in the electronic component industry, providing resistors for high-current, high-voltage, current sensing and high-energy applications. Strengthened by the backing of Heico Companies LLC, the...

Packrite LLC’s (Packrite) goal as a manufacturer is to help other companies succeed. As the exclusive single-face lamination provider in the southeast, Packrite is the go-to company with state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 2008, Packrite has undergone a tremendous amount of growth in just...

In mid-April 2013, Governor Rick Scott of Florida held a news conference to happily announce that the state unemployment rate dropped below 7.5 percent and more than 32,000 private sector jobs were created since the beginning of the year. Scott chose the highly regarded Florida-native Pelican...

The Phillips family founded Phillips and Sons Trucking LLC (PST) in 2011. “Our company is about a year-and-a-half old now,” says Martin Phillips, co-founder, partner and general manager of PST. “My brother and I have been doing this for around 15 years and my dad has been doing this for closer...

Grain elevators date back to the early 1840s, invented by merchant Joseph Dart and engineer Robert Dunbar in Buffalo, N.Y. With steam-powered flour mills developed by Oliver Evans as a model, the pair invented the marine leg, which scooped loose grain out of the hulls of ships, elevating the...

Productos Kikuet (Kikuet) is a mid-sized manufacturing company in Puerto Rico, specializing in fresh and frozen foods for grocery retail. Enrique Mangual established the business in 1979 after experimenting with small scale...

Quaker City Hide Company Inc. (QCH) is nothing if not nimble. The company was established in 1876 and is currently run by the fourth generation of the Sternfeld family, who take pride in leveraging modern technologies and an old-fashioned work ethic to find success in the global market. Above...

Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI) sets itself apart from the competition by offering clients a reliable source of precision machining services tempered by a wholehearted commitment to Lean manufacturing principles. The specialized nature of QCMI’s work requires components be...

Reed Candle Company was founded in 1937 in a garage in Texas to fill a need in the immediate market. “My father-in-law owned two Red & White grocery stores and couldn’t buy votive candles,” says Sister Schodts Reed, president and CEO of Reed Candle Company. “The closest place to buy them was...

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