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Magazine Issue June 2008 FDQ
World News

Infrastructure: A Global Opportunity

New and revitalized infrastructure is critical to the world’s economic health. Global engineering and construction companies rapidly adapt to meet the demand, according to a recent KMPG survey. But they face substantial barriers – lack of government policies and leadership,…

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In the News

Remaking America’s Competitiveness via “Make”

“Make: An American Manufacturing Movement,” a recent product of the US Council on Competitiveness, addresses problems that plague the American economy. By developing appropriate solutions, it provides a 21st century blueprint.

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Aerospace Industries Association

Aerospace and Defense: A Sector at Risk

The aerospace and defense industry has been enjoying robust financial health. But the US government’s concept of sequestration darkens the blue-sky picture. Like a private thundercloud hovering above the industry’s head, it threatens to wash away recent gains and economic…

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The Latest

Taking US Businesses Beyond Borders

In a world more dependent on technology, and where trade borders are seamless, boards need to acquire new tools and skills to become effective and relevant in the global market.

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Opinion

Saving the Heart of American Manufacturing

Economic CPR is needed—and right now—for a nation enduring heart palpitations. But manufacturing—the direct heart line to survival—remains resilient, says Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Look to the auto industry – and watch out for…

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Dollars & Sense

2011 M&A Action: Higher Volume, Smaller Transactions

Industrial manufacturing and metals deals drove 2011 industrial products merger and acquisition activity, according to PwC US. While it was a record year for volume, the focus was on smaller deals – a less risky approach in an uncertain economy.…

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American Beverage Association

Keeping Thirst Alive

The American Beverage Association serves up a range of programs and services to represent the industry on its many issues and policies.

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Peapod, LLC

Two Peas in a Pod

It’s an expression often used to describe how well two items go together; in the case of online grocer Peapod, ‘two peas in a pod’ represents two brothers, Andrew and Thomas Parkinson, and how well their idea for online grocery…

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American Association of Meat Processors

The Meat of It

The American Association of Meat Processors is weathering an intense regulatory environment as its members attempt to keep their edges sharp enough to provide the American public with its most popular protein.

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American Bakers Association

Baking Ingredients

The American Bakers Association is the national trade association of bakers and their suppliers, representing the most innovative and tasty baked goods that satisfy the changing and demanding palate of the consumer.

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USDA

A Spark of Progress

70 years ago, electricity changed agriculture forever; today, farms return the favor with homegrown energy

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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Friend of the Farmer

Wal-Mart’s ‘Salute to America’s Farmers’ program highlights farmers throughout the U.S.

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Produce Marketing Association

Producing Attention

Fruits and vegetables are getting new respect on supermarket shelves, with the help of the Produce Marketing Association.

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MarketResearch.com

Spicy Appetites

Globalization Heats Up Spice Market.

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Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Golden Harvest

The science of growing corn for food and fuel expands to new horizons.

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Infinito S.C.

Trade Warriors

The Mexican Sugar Industry is preparing to confront new changes and new opportunities as NAFTA trade liberalization reaches its culmination.

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ASCHOCO

For the Love of Chocolate

Mexico has a rich history in the manufacture of chocolate, a tradition that continues with the help of the Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Chocolates, Dulces y Similares, A.C. (Association of Chocolate and Sweets Manufacturers).

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Grupo Industrial de la Leche SA de CV (GILSA)

Milk To Market

GILSA, Grupo Industrial de la Leche S.A. de C.V., is an outstanding company in the dairy industry, with brands like San Marcos, a name that is synonymous with the best quality. Tito Flores tells the story of this successful Mexican…

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Grupo Industrial de la Leche SA de CV (GILSA)

Milk To Market

GILSA, Grupo Industrial de la Leche S.A. de C.V., is an outstanding company in the dairy industry, with brands like San Marcos, a name that is synonymous with the best quality. Tito Flores tells the story of this successful Mexican…

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Embotelladoras Unidas SA de CV (GEUSA)

The Pepsi Spirit

Under the holding company GEUSA, a number of bottling companies manufacture and distribute for PepsiCo in Mexico. With an impressive growth rate and expansion of its own brand name products, Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S. A .de C. V. has successfully…

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Lincoln Snacks Company

Justifiable Indulgence

Typically, when people hear the term “decadent,” they think of the declining days of the Roman Empire, or a Southern family in a Tennessee Williams play. Lincoln Snacks Company helps remove all negative connotations with premium, indulgent, decadent snack products…

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Pizza Nova

A Matter of Great Taste

Pizza Nova was one of the very first pizza chains in southern Ontario, and it remains the most popular with consumers. William Bunch tells how this Toronto-based chain is a model of steady growth, while relying on the best-tasting ingredients…

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Pizza Nova

A Matter of Great Taste

Pizza Nova was one of the very first pizza chains in southern Ontario, and it remains the most popular with consumers. William Bunch tells how this Toronto-based chain is a model of steady growth, while relying on the best-tasting ingredients…

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Embotelladoras Unidas SA de CV (GEUSA)

The Pepsi Spirit

Under the holding company GEUSA, a number of bottling companies manufacture and distribute for PepsiCo in Mexico. With an impressive growth rate and expansion of its own brand name products, Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas, S. A .de C. V. has successfully…

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Lincoln Snacks Company

Justifiable Indulgence

Typically, when people hear the term “decadent,” they think of the declining days of the Roman Empire, or a Southern family in a Tennessee Williams play. Lincoln Snacks Company helps remove all negative connotations with premium, indulgent, decadent snack products…

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Advance Brands

Home Cookin

Advance Brands brings restaurant-style taste and quality into consumers’ kitchens. Established in 2001, the Oklahoma-based company has risen to the top of its markets with its distinctive offerings. Dan Harvey provides the dish on the company’s highly marketable approach.

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Kahiki Foods, Inc.

A Taste of Tiki

Kahiki Foods’ heritage extends to the tiki phenomenon of the 1950s but the company’s current management is creating a phenomenon itself by inventing a variety of all natural frozen Asian foods that can surpass anything on the market. Lorie Greenspan…

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Shalit Foods, Inc.

Healthy Appetite

Shalit Foods Inc. is a unique foodservice broker and logistics expert specializing in value-added foods for the healthcare, education and hospitality markets. Barbara Kram reports on the company’s delicious, diverse offerings and cutting-edge business practices.

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Shalit Foods, Inc.

Healthy Appetite

Shalit Foods Inc. is a unique foodservice broker and logistics expert specializing in value-added foods for the healthcare, education and hospitality markets. Barbara Kram reports on the company’s delicious, diverse offerings and cutting-edge business practices.

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Franklin Connections

Delectable Dealings

Combine some of the most experienced candy industry execs with the latest world-class technology and what do you get? Some pretty sweet success. Pat Whiteman found out how this new company is delivering not only sweet treats, but also sweet…

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Lindt & Sprüngli

Chocolate Connoisseurs

With a multi-million dollar expansion under way, a successful television advertising presence and a prolific and creative product strategy, Lindt & Sprüngli is deliciously poised to expand its U.S. market share and passion about bringing the pleasures of premium chocolate…

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Clabber Girl

On The Rise

The legendary packaging of Clabber Girl, the long-time industry leader in baking powder, may present the face of a simpler, past America, but in reality the baking goods company is moving forward with the speed of its sister company, which…

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Manitowoc Cranes, Inc.

Crane Acclaim

This company’s innovative crane design and manufacturing has helped create new markets in the global crane industry. April Terreri hoists the story.

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Everpure

Purifying the World’s Water

Everpure has been providing quality filtration systems to residences, businesses and world renowned restaurant chains for more than 60 years. Reporter Barbara Mendoza explains how they maintain their edge in this highly competitive market.

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Acme Electric Corporation

Focused on the future

Alec Schibanoff looks at how Acme Electric Corporation’s Electronics Division transformed electronics manufacturing.

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Patriot Homes, Inc.

The Patriot Team

Janis Hubschman explains why value, selection and innovation are just three reasons that there's no place like Patriot Homes, Inc.

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Gilman Engineering & MFG. Co. LLC

Wolrdwide Assembly

After 63 years of primarily serving a North American market, Gilman Engineering & Manufacturing enters the millennium positioned to serve a worldwide market. Bill Moran explains how they got there.

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CSC Ltd.

The Best Bar None

The first in war, the first in peace steelmaker CSC is setting new standards. Eric C. Peterson reports.

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TW Metals

Welcoming the Challenges of a New Millenium

TW Metals enjoys special relationships with worldwide sources. By Eric C. Peterson.

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Flow International Corporation

Hydro Magic

They are the world’s leaders in waterjet technology. Offering diverse industries totally integrated solutions through its waterjets, automation and robotics packages is one reason for their success. April Terreri has more.

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Giddings and Lewis Co.

A Well Tooled Business

The bottom line for machine tool builder Giddings & Lewis has been a renewed vision and philosophy – translating into increased profits, explains Lorie Russo.

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Haynes International

High Performance Alloys

Haynes International, Inc., has developed nickel-and cobalt-based alloys that are highly resistant to severe corrosion and high temperature. Michael Terreri tells the story.

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GKN Sinter Metals

A Strategy of Growth

In 1998, GKN Sinter Metals decided that, to achieve its goals of industry leadership, global service and technological excellence, it must double its size by the year 2002. Gene Newman reports on the corporation's remarkable progress since its game plan…

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Triton Systems Inc.

The Titan of Convenient Cash

Triton, the leading provider of ATMs for off-premise locations, has veraged 512 Percent annual growth since the introduction of its first cash dispenser in 1994. Gene Newman investigates Triton's meteoric rise.

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Hypertherm, Inc.

Resolute R&D Dedicated Associates

April Terreri learns how Hypertherm, Inc., developed its formula for success. Committed to its customers, distributors, and employees, this company is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of plasma cutting equipment.

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STADCO

Innovation Precision Reliability

This job shop is setting industry standards in its commitment to supply superior engineered and machined products to the U.S. government and industries worldwide. April Terreri has more.

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Acme Steel

Redefining Steel Making

“MiniGrated” Steel Keeps Acme Steel ahead of the curve. Michael Terreri files this report.

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