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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...

For the last 31 years, Reitnouer Inc. (Reitnouer Trailer) has been leading the way in all-aluminum, fully-bolted flatbed trailers and drop decks as one of the top manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. “We’re proud of what we do here, because we build quality,” assures Bud Reitnouer, founder and...

Rhinokore Composites Solutions LP (RCS) is an internationally renowned manufacturer of composite solutions. In 2011 the company opened its Houston, Texas, location, which serves as the headquarters for U.S. operations, as well as a hub for rentals and service of the company’s innovative products...

Robbins Lumber Company (RLC) numbers amongst Maine’s oldest family-owned and -operated companies, embracing a legacy that stretches back five generations to its founding in 1881. Frank and Otis Robbins initially established the business as a modest mill on the St. George River to produce the...

For more than 30 years family-owned and operated RPM & Associates Inc. has solved component and equipment wear problems for industrial customers. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, RPM and its sister companies – RPM...

When Norbert Ryan noticed the success that his sons Robert and John were experiencing with their startup business, he decided to join in the venture. The company originally operated out of the family’s basement but by this time...

Roger Bailey worked for years in the oilfield industry before he decided to apply his experience to industrial applications by founding RUS Industrial LLC (RUS) – formerly known as Rig-Up Services LLC – in 1994. Today RUS offers a one-stop shop for the electrical and fabrication needs of...

For S.R. Smith, a residential and commercial pool product manufacturer, business over the last decade has been going swimmingly. Through a series of national and global acquisitions, coupled with organic growth through new...

Virginia-based Smart Machine Technologies Inc. and division SMT Food and Beverage Systems are world-class leaders in beer microbreweries, contract manufacturing of build-to-print equipment and custom-made machinery. SMT’s highly...

An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) produces products or components that are purchased by another company and retailed under the purchasing company’s brand name. Soo Tractor Sweeprake Co. (Soo Tractor) is one such OEM, and a highly successful one at that. Thousands of farmers across the U.S...

For more than 50 years, South Coast Terminals LP (SCT) has been a reliable partner and service provider for major oil and chemical companies. Amoco, BP, Chevron, Dow, Eastman Chemical, ExxonMobil, Lubrizol, Shell, Shrieve Chemical Products and many...

Sometimes all it takes is one great idea to set a series of significant events in motion; and that was the case for Southwest Oilfield Products (SWOP) in 1947. Founded by the Leman family, the Houston-based manufacturer designed and introduced the first bonded fail-safe piston to an industry on...

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...

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...

Tommy Fanguy can supply his customers with anything they have a need for. He founded Supreme Services and Specialty Inc. (Supreme) in 1984 when he saw an opportunity to give customers quality and service that would exceed expectations and in turn increase...

Steven Lancia founded Symmetry International Inc. (SII) in 1982 as an innovative manufacturer serving a broad clientele base. The company offers a diverse product line of manufacturing technology, including architectural products, foam packaging, theme parks, casino-themed interiors, RF...

Since 1965 The Cisco Companies (CISCO) has remained a family-owned and –operated enterprise, supporting small mom and pop Midwestern retailers in a mass merchant dominated market. Due to hard work and effort 2013 marks CISCO’s 48-year anniversary in the wholesale distribution of horticulture and...

Trackmobile LLC (Trackmobile) was founded in 1947 by ex-Navy fighter pilot Marshall Hartelius under the ownership of the Whiting Corporation. With an in-plant locomotive constantly getting stuck on the tracks, the team was determined to find a better solution for moving materials and equipment....

Nadine Cino never intended to be an inventor. “My background is in fashion design,” she explains. “Years back I was moving my design studio and personal contents from one place to another, and I got everything I deserved when I hired the low-price mover.”

The wheels started turning and a...

UEC Electronics (UEC) has evolved greatly since its founding in 1995. Rebecca Ufkes, president of UEC, established the company with her engineering expertise to offer comprehensive consultation services from her home office. The South Carolina-based company now operates out of four facilities...

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