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Magazine Issue August 2008
Randstad Staffing

U.S. Manufacturing: Strong Industry Fuels Positive Workers

As the U.S. manufacturing industry continues to move onshore, American workers are responding with a brighter economic outlook, an increased willingness to job search and greater confidence in their current employers. Randstad's Manufacturing & Logistics Employee Confidence Index, a measure…

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The China Investment Solution

A New Model for Small and Medium Business Acquisition

Susan Endersbe, President and Owner of R E Uptegraff, had a problem. Her business needed a buyer and there were few on the horizon. Established in 1926, R.E. Uptegraff manufactures transformers for the utility market and the industrial market.

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Aluminum Association

Why Aluminum Is an Economic Stimulant

The U.S. aluminum industry directly employs more than 155,000 workers and generates $65 billion in economic output in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a recent study.

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American Petroleum Institute

Why Most Oppose More Taxes on Oil Companies

New data reveals that the majority of Americans continue to see great value in a strong domestic energy sector.

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Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Exports Exceeded $189 Billion in August

The U.S. exported $189.2 billion of goods and services in August, slightly lower than July's exports of $189.3 billion, according to data recently released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Commerce Department.

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The Conference Board

Consumer Confidence Lowers Again

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which declined “moderately” in September, decreased again in October, officials say. The Index now stands at 71.2, down from 80.2 in September.

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Oregon: OMEP

How Manufacturing Drives Oregon’s Economy

Surprising to some, but certainly not to Larry Pederson, Oregon remains a nationwide giant when it comes to bragging rights in manufacturing. Various analyses confirm this, the Business Development Manager at the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) says, including one…

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National Governors Association

States to Encourage Growth of Clean Energy Industries

Three states and one U.S. territory have been selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to participate in a program to encourage growth of their clean energy industries.

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Opinion

Changing Their Name But Not Their Spots

The American League of Lobbyists (ALL), the trade association for lobbyists, is changing its name to the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP). It will also introduce a new “tag” line – “Voice of the Lobbying, Public Policy and Advocacy…

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In the News

OREGON BUSINESS BRIEFS

Damiler Trucks NA Expands in Oregon – Damiler Trucks North America announced this summer that it will expand its corporate... Read more

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Watteredge, Inc.

Welding Connections

Watteredge, Inc. partners with employees, customers and vendors to give it a competitive edge in a growing industry. Armando Diana learns the dedication to partnering is not just a slogan for this company but a way of life.

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Wright Manufacturing Inc.

Taking a Stand

Wright Manufacturing, Inc. developed the first commercial riding lawnmower that allowed the operator to stand up while mowing and is today the leading maker of this patented technology. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally published or…

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Universal Instruments

Instruments of Innovation

Universal Instruments is a company that has outpaced others in the industry since 1919. Weathering a great sea of changes since that era, Universal has evolved into a global electronics productivity specialist, with an ample store of innovations and products…

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Urbanizadora del Bajio (UBSA)

Building the Future

For a country to enjoy proper development it needs to have a strong infrastructure. In Mexico, Urbanizadora del Bajio, a construction company located in the city Ofirapuato, has been involved in the advancement of the country for the past 37…

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Volkswagen de Mexico

One Factory, Global Destinations

With its high production rates and successful global strategies, Volkswagen de México, the North American branch of the Volkswagen Group, plays a vital role in the German-based international automotive company. Rachel Hartman reports.For more than 165 years, Walworth has represented…

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Walworth

Opening up the Profits

For more than 165 years, Walworth has represented the summit of valve technology. But when Mexican businessman Salomon Waisburd purchased the business in 2002, the company was virtually bankrupt. The turnaround that Waisburd subsequently engineered is one of the most…

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Terroza Exploration Services, Inc.

Well-Oiled Enterprise

Canadian-based Terroza Exploration Services transcends physics by conquering time and space. That is, its equipment and highly skilled personnel can drill anywhere and accomplish any job on time. Dan Harvey describes how this small, vibrant company keeps pace with larger…

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NARMCO

Putting a Stamp on Metal

Ever wonder how automobiles are made? Maybe; maybe not. The good news is you don’t have to because as Armando Diana found out the NARMCO Group has it all under control for the North American population.

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Parkway Products

Breaking the Mold

Parkway Products is a global leader in custom molding technologies, supplying components and assemblies to global leaders across most industries. Barbara Kram reports.

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Rigmaster Machinery Ltd.

Rig Masters

Rigmaster Machinery Ltd. & Rigmaster Technology Ltd. have made themselves the experts in drilling equipment and components. Lorie Greenspan relates how the company has achieved a reputation for offering sophisticated products that answer the demands of today’s oil companies.

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Semeato

Reaping and Sowing

Since the beginning of the colonial era, agriculture has been the main driver of Brazilian economic growth. As the country’s premier manufacturer of seed planters and sowers, Semeato S/A is revolutionizing machinery and techniques and greatly improving farming processes. Reuben…

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Taylor Made Systems™

Stem to Stern

Taylor Made Systems™ is the world’s largest manufacturer of marine glazing systems and is the OEM division of Taylor Made Group, Inc.®, which includes partner companies Taylor Made Products, Trend Marine Products Ltd. and Waterbonnet Mfg., Inc. Barbara Kram reports…

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Metalurgica Albras

Screwing Tight

Albras is a leading hardware company in Brazil whose products have reached a growing number of households. Fabio Silva explains how it screws tight the bolts of this business.

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Mitsubishi Electric de Mexico SA de CV

Going Up

Mitsubishi Electric is the global technology leader in research and development of elevators and escalators, boasting the Guinness World Record in vertical speed at 750 meters per second in Yokohama’s Landmark Tower in Japan. Its Mexican subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric de…

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Monsanto

Major Miners

Monsanto’s phosphate mining operation in Idaho produces a key ingredient for the company’s Roundup® and afterwards, gets reclaimed as near to its original state as possible through a careful and laborious process that is kind to habitats, landscape and environment,…

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Napoleon Products

Grilled Perfection

Napoleon® Appliance Corporation – Gourmet Grills is a division of North America’s largest privately owned manufacturer of wood and gas fireplaces, gourmet gas and charcoal grills, outdoor living products and waterfalls. David Soyka gets a taste of how this Canadian…

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Maritime Steel and Foundries

Materials that Matter

With more than a century of production and growth, Maritime Steel and Foundries Limited continues to offer an endless array of cast steel products and metallurgical solutions to its ever-growing list of customers. Pat Whiteman reports.

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Lunday-Thagard Company

Through the Roof!

Like every U.S. business, Lunday-Thagard company has been severely impacted by rising oil prices. However, the California-based oil refinery, which produces asphalt-based products, has taken active measures to increase its energy efficiency. At the same time, it’s reducing the size…

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M.S. Willett, Inc.

Metal Maker

M. S. Willett, Inc. has been specializing in metalforming services since 1929. David Sokya tells the story of this unique company. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally published or scroll down to read the text article.

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KSB Brasil

Pumped for Business

The Brazilian affiliate of KSB, a leading manufacturer of pumps and valves, has obviously benefited from the name and experience of its German parent company. However, as President Carmelo Fernandez Moldes explains to Michael Sommers, the cutting-edge products KSB Brasil…

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KSM, Inc.

Fuel Industry Fabricators

Whether customers are in the market for new oil field equipment fabrication, simple repairs or a complete refabrication, KSM Inc. rises to any challenge.

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Libreleato Implementos Rodoviarios

Timely Transport

In the last five years Librelato Implementos Agrícolas e Rodoviários Ltda, one of the companies of the Librelato Group has experienced remarkable growth in the road transportation industry. President José Carlos Librelato and Marketing Director Thayni Librelato talk to Reuben…

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Hoist Liftruck

Moving the Goods

Hoist Liftruck manufactures heavy-duty lifting products engineered to meet the needs of any industry. Janice Gable Bashman reports.

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INACE Industria Naval do Ceara

Successful Sails

INACE’s first product – an aluminum lobster boat – revolutionized northeastern Brazil’s modern fishing boat segment. As Michael Sommers discovers, today the Ceará-based shipbuilder is not only a leading player in Brazil’s naval sector, but is also poised to take…

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Grupo Ferrosider

Steel Entrepreneurs

Much of Brazil's prosperity today is due to the increasing industrial activity of auto companies that demand the availability of products and components for their manufacturing operations. Among those service providers is Grupo Ferrosider, a conglomerate of companies that uses…

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Grupo Penoles

Mineral-Rich

Part of Grupo BAL, Mexico-based Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. of C.V. is the world’s top producer of refined silver, metallic bismuth, and sodium sulfate, as well as the leading Latin American producer of refined gold, lead, and zinc. Founded in 1887…

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Grupo Urrea SA de CV

Going with the Flow

Founded in 1907 as a distributor of toilets, faucets, and other bathroom components, Grupo Urrea has for more than a century hedged its bets on the growing importance of aesthetics and the functionality of bathrooms in Mexican households. With over…

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Grupo Ceres

Farm to Table

Grupo Ceres, a group of Mexican companies that focuses on all aspects of business related to agriculture in Mexico, has helped both large and small farms operate at their fullest capacity since 1960. Rachel Hartman reports.

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Eagle Drilling Services Ltd.

On the Wings of an Eagle

When Derrick Big Eagle co-founded Eagle Drilling Services Inc. in 2005, he became the youngest owner of a Canadian drilling company. A member of the Ocean Man First Nation, he also became the first aboriginal to own and operate such…

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Engemix

Quality Mix

Engemix, Inc., is a subsidiary of Votorantim Cementos, the tenth largest cement maker in the world, and the largest operator in its home base of Brazil. David Soyka gets into the mix.

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Fitedi Cia Fiacao e Tecelagens Divinopolis

Tough Material

Brazil’s Fitedi is a third-generation textile manufacturer. For years, its steady growth was a given. However, as Michael Sommers discovers, the challenges of foreign competitors, rising costs, and a plunging dollar caused the company to launch an offensive campaign that…

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Fletes Mexico Chihuahua SA

King of the Road

Going from a small family business that serviced one company to becoming one of the most important and biggest freight service companies in Mexico, Fletes Mexico Chihuahua is also setting the standards for what clients can expect from their transportation…

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David Round Company

Defying Gravity

David Round Company is not only one of the most innovative material handling manufacturers; it’s also one of the oldest. The Ohio-based organization successfully remained in the game over the long haul by providing an expansive line of standard and…

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Designer Doors

Harmonious Openings

Designer Doors is an employee-owned company that manufactures high-end architecturally distinctive wood garage doors and complimentary entranceways, shutters and gateways. David Soyka pulls to the curb to see how this company harmonizes home appearance.

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Dimplex Thermal Solutions (DTS)

The Big Chill

A subsidiary of the Glen Dimplex Group, Dimplex Thermal Solutions (DTS) was formed in 2006 when the parent company combined two of the nation’s best industrial cooling technology manufacturers. Today, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-headquartered business is one of North America’s top…

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Crowe Buiding Products Ltd.

The Ultimate Roof

Crowe Building Products Ltd. is the Canadian manufacturer of Authentic Roof™, the world’s first synthetic slate made from a proprietary blend of the most resilient recycled polymers. David Soyka reports on how this environmentally-friendly and highly durable product puts a…

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Danfoss Industries SA de CV

Cooling the World

As a leader in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, Mexico’s Danfoss, a branch of the Denmark-based company, produces state-of-the-art components that help cool places in North America and beyond. Rachel Hartman reports.

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Compania Minera Autlan SA de CV

Mining Elements

With its state-of-the-art mines and production plants located throughout the country, Compañía Minera Autlán leads Mexico in the mining and distribution of manganese mineral and ferroalloys. Rachel Hartman reports.

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Constructora Lintel

The Building Source

Lintel was one of the first construction companies to offer design build services in Mexico since its inception in 1983. The step, considered ‘risky business’ at the time, has now just proven to be the foundation of Lintel’s early success.…

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Corporacion M&S Internacional

Construction Pioneer

Corporación M&S of Costa Rica is the leading heavy construction enterprise operating in the whole of Central America. Piotr Sadowski reports on the company’s success story.

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Crestwood Inc.

Cabinet Magic

Kansas-based and family-owned, Crestwood Inc., manufactures fine custom cabinetry for kitchens, bathrooms, libraries and entertainment centers. David Soyka reports on how this company leads the custom cabinet industry in going green with the latest designs in a range of colors…

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Comex

Color Dynamics

As the leading architectural paint and coatings manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor in Mexico and Central America, Comex México, part of the Comex Group, brings the top trends in colors to the residential and commercial sector. Rachel Hartman reports.

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Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen

Flying High

Service quality and leading-edge technology improve the regional competitive position of Panama's Tocumen International Airport, as Paul Harris reports.

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Bailey Bridges, Inc.

Crossing Bridges

Join Armando Diana as he learns that selling a bridge is no joke for those at Bailey Bridges, the experts in supplying portable, component bridges and heavy duty bridge gratings. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally…

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Cesde Ltda.

Appliance Whiz

The Brazilian household appliance company Mallory has gone from a humble $25 million in revenue in 2002 to a whopping $130 million for 2007. The secret? Vision, innovation and technology, as Gibran Haq finds.

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Clayton de Mexico

Full Steam Ahead

After a booming growth rate during the last two years, Clayton de México, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Clayton Industries that produces steam generators and hot water generators in a large range of sizes, plans to continue solidifying its…

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AeroParts Manufacturing & Repair

Dynamic Duo

AeroParts’ in-house capability to fabricate detail parts as part of its repair process, coupled with its expert ozone converter reconditioning, continually make it one of the most sought after companies by airline operators around the world. Pat Whiteman reports.

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