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Magazine Issue June 2010 FDQ
The Boston Consulting Group

Engineering, Construction and Services Companies Deliver Stellar Shareholder Returns

The engineering, construction, and services (ECS) industry has rewarded shareholders handsomely throughout the last decade, delivering almost 16 percent annual total shareholder returns (TSRs) on a weighted average basis, according to a recent survey conducted by The Boston Consulting Group…

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West Monroe Partners

How can M&D Successfully Navigate M&A? – Part III

In the previous West Monroe Partners installment, authors Tom Ewers and Roland Wilson examined the required ingredients that allow manufacturers and distributors (M&D) to complete comprehensive operational and IT diligence. In this third – and final – part of the…

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Semalo

Snacking Away

Every Brazilian household is more than familiar with the ever-popular Jumbitos brand, a staple of snacks and beverages for the whole family. Helen Larkin takes a look inside Semalo, the company that produces Jumbitos and other tasty snacks.

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Suco Jandaia

Tropics in a Glass

For over half a century Jandaia has been harvesting and juicing tropical fruits. Eduardo Figueiredo, the Brazilian juice company’s commercial director, talks to Lee Weingast about how Suco Jandaia, his family’s business, has expanded both in size and reach.

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Tatuibi

Beefing Up

Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Tatuibi produces beef products and their derivatives for a thriving market. From humble beginnings over 40 years ago, the company now matches international trading standards and exports to more than 20 countries. Reuben Ford takes…

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The Stanpac Company

Fluid Solutions

Janice Gable Bashman reports on the Stanpack Company, an innovative company that conquered fluid milk packaging solutions and the formed or shaped paperboard ice cream packaging market.

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Harvest Meat Company

Moving Meat

Janice Gable Bashman tells the story of Harvest Meat Company, a family-owned and-operated distribution company that climbed to the top of its field through its belief in a traditional work ethic and by offering its customers the best service possible.

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Itabom

The Chicken Comes First

Itabom’s founder and President, Pedro Luiz Poli, talks to Lee Weingast about how he restructured and revitalized itabom, a Brazilian poultry company, by making the little things count.

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Minerva SA

Premier Beef

Minerva’s Ronald Aitken tells Lee Weingast how efficiency in expansion and operations has placed Minerva at the top of the Brazilian meatpacking business.

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New Food Classics

On the Cutting Edge

New Food Classics is all about innovating and producing new products with a value added twist: burgers mixed with real cheese or with the taste of barbecue without the use of flavorings. It’s all part of its R&D department as…

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Papa Bellos Pizza

Slice of the Good Life

What began as a concept to deliver a branded food to customers of Super Center Wal-Mart stores is now a 20-store (and counting) family dining experience that is pleasing palates of all ages. Pat Whiteman reports.

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Fancy Pokket Corporation

Perfect Pitas

A focus on and investment in automation and quality equipment, combined with flexibility and high-quality products, has made the Fancy Pokket Corporation Atlantic Canada’s leading manufacturer of pita bread, bagels, tortilla wraps, pizza crusts, Greek pita, and flat bread. Janice…

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Formaggio Cheese

Pure Originals

Formaggio Cheese, Staten Island, N.Y., is known for its original fresh mozzarella and other cheese products combining seasoned marinades for delicious and versatile appetizers, salads and dishes. Barbara Kram savors the samples.

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Frango Seva

Poultry Pioneers

Over its 30-plus years of raising poultry, Frango Seva has steadily grown bigger and stronger. Chief Executive Officer Ivan Fernando Lima tells Lee Weingast what makes this Brazilian company so successful.

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Frigorifico Mercosul SA

Premium Beef

Frigorífico Mercosul’s President Augusto Cruz tells Lee Weingast about this successful Brazilian beef company’s giant steps in its continuing healthy growth.

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Gujao Alimentos

Chicken Tenders

As the world’s largest exporter of chicken, Brazil produced 12.5 million tons of meat in 2008, and the figure is rising. Over the last 25 years, the Gujão Group, based in the northeast of Brazil, has increased its production of…

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Davisco Foods

Whey of the World

Davisco Foods has made its name globally in the supply of an assortment of whey protein products that provide nutrition to everyone from babies to athletes. Lorie Greenspan discovers what makes the company unique in its industry.

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Arthur Schuman, Inc.

The Big Cheese

Arthur Schuman Inc. established its reputation as a cheese importer, but it subsequently became a leading U.S. producer of hard-cheese products. With state-of-the-art production, processing and warehousing facilities spread across the country, and servicing several business sectors, the 63-year-old, New…

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Casa Herradura SA de CV

Rooted in Tradition

Since 1870, the same processes have been used at Casa Herradura, a Jalisco-based company that produces the leading brand of tequila sold in Mexico. Rachel Hartman looks at the company’s dedication to tradition and its rising reputation in the international…

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Clear Springs Foods

Fish & Potatoes

Located in the scenic Snake River canyon of Southern Idaho's Magic Valley, Clear Springs Foods' rainbow trout are farm-raised in an abundance of crystal clear spring water. Ideal growing conditions, combined with a commitment to quality and innovation, have made…

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Cosi Inc.

Fresh Performer

Cosi has grown from a single restaurant in 1996 to a dynamic growth company offering more than 100 restaurants with fresh, healthy alternatives to traditional quick service restaurant (QSR) fare. David Soyka reports on how Cosi serves up taste in…

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Alimentos Wilson

Good Foods

Daniel Hirota tells Lee Weingast about how Alimentos Wilson, his grandfather’s business, has gone from a dream to a very successful reality in the food and beverage sector in Brazil.

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ADM Produtos Alimenticios Orlandia S/A - Brejeiro

All Natural

From nonexistent as a food crop in the early 1900s, soy leaped to the top of the charts in the second half of the 20th century until big business began tampering with its genetic material. Now Brazilian processing company Brejeiro…

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Accubuilt, Inc.

Custom-built Excellence

Catering almost exclusively to the funeral industry, Accubuilt, Inc., has garnered two-thirds of the market by providing exclusive features and emphasizing brand distinction. Pat Whiteman explains.

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Bally Refrigeration Products

Take a Chill

A cold wind from North Carolina blows in. Michael Terreri details the productivity of Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc.

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Ameristar Fencing Products

Mission: Security

Ameristar Fence propelled itself to the forefront of the worldwide fence industry in just 19 years. Walk through the gate with April Terreri to discover some of the innovations THAT HAVE BECOME industry standards.

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Ross Controls

Open-And-Shut Quality

There’s no question – ROSS Controls® can top any manufacturer in the development of pneumatic control solutions. Lorie Russo reports.

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C.R. Bard, Inc.

The Continuum of Care

For more than 90 years, C.R. Bard, Inc., has committed its resources to the technological advances that have made it a world leader in urological, cardiovascular and surgical products. Gene Newman reports on how the billion-dollar corporation continues to pursue…

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NCC Automated Systems

Moving to Success

NCC Automated Systems offers valued-added materials-handling systems integration to numerous industries worldwide. April Terreri rides the beltway.

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Ashworth Bros., Inc.

Cpnveyor of Good Taste

Ashworth conveyor belts continue to provide processing companies worldwide cost-effective and efficient solutions in materials handling. Come along for the ride with April Terreri.

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Engineered Controls International, Inc.

Pioneer for an Industry

In the world of propane gas, one company has planted itself firmly as the No. 1 producer of valves and regulators. Lorie Russo discovers the story behind ECII, producer of the RegO® brand of propane gas equipment.

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Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company

Global Warming

Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company is a leader in THE design and manufacture of industrial heaters, sensors, controllers and software. Janis Hubschman reports on how this family-owned company draws on 80 years of thermal expertise and technical knowledge to forge partnerships…

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Schuster Electronics, Inc

Circuit Makers

Schuster Electronics distributes more than 100 lines of printed circuit board-level electronic components. It also provides value-added services that connect with customers' needs. Gloria P. Cahill examines the components of this Midwest company's success.

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Da-Tech Corporation

Manufacturing Solutions

When “out” is “in”… Pennsylvania-based DA-TECH Corporation is on the mark with its approach to second-party manufacturing and design services. Eric C. Peterson gives a firsthand report.

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GE Zenith Controls

Guaranteed Power

A passion for customer satisfaction coupled with a continuous commitment to quality has placed GE Zenith Controls at the forefront of today’s newest power-system market segments. Pat Whiteman provides the details.

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Hammond Power Solutions Inc.

A Well-Grounded Business

With 74 years’ experience meeting and exceeding customers’ requirements for dry-type transformers, Hammond Power Solutions is an established industry leader. Gloria P. Cahill generates the story.

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Pennsylvania Transformer Technology, Inc.

Power Play

A broad product line and a corporate culture focused on customer communication have elevated Pennsylvania Transformer Technology, Inc., to the top of the power-equipment industry. David Gill turns up the voltage.

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Berk-Tek

Cable Ready

The leading manufacturer of high-performance copper and fiber-optic cable in North America is already making cabling for tomorrow’s networks. Gloria P. Cahill connects with Berk-Tek’s story.

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ABB, Inc.

Creative Power

ABB, Inc., the global power and automation technology group, combines brains and brawn in its medium-voltage switchgear for the U.S. heavy-industry and utilities markets. Barbara Kram charges with the story.

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Ameristar Fence Products

Mission: Security

Ameristar Fence propelled itself to the forefront of the worldwide fence industry in just 19 years. Walk through the gate with April Terreri to discover some of the innovations THAT HAVE BECOME industry standards.

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Buffalo Air Handling

The Legend of Big Buffalo

They migrate from Amherst, Va., and are found in great numbers east of the Mississippi, although some make their way to the West. Michael Terreri tells the tale of Buffalo Air Handling.

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Chemtreat, Inc.

Giving the Treatment

The largest independent water-treatment company in the United States keeps its head above water by making its employees entrepreneurs and by devising new solutions for water-treatment problems, as Lorie Russo reports on ChemTreat, Inc.

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Anchor Paint Manufacturing Company

cover our world

Durability is the key word behind both Anchor Paint Manufacturing Company and the performance of its products. David Gill provides the gloss.

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Marion Composites

Flying High

What does it take to be a primary supplier of mobile shelters, radomes and composites to the aerospace industry, the military and major contractors? Marion Composites has long been a leader both at ground level and at 30,000 feet, as…

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Selmer

tuned with value

At Selmer, manufacturing some of the best-known musical instruments to the highest quality standards has always been a key component of its success. Now, another element has become important to the marketing philosophy — using the instrument to enhance the…

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Fiskars Consumer Products, Inc.

Shear Genius

The first and last word in garden tools is Fiskars. World renowned for ergonomic design and ease of use, Fiskars Garden Tools make everyday gardening activities a pleasure. Barbara Kram looks at the past, present and future of this incomparable…

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National Pen Corporation

mightier than sword

Mark Devaney pens a profile about National Pen Corporation, a company that knows the value of manufacturing inventive incentives.

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Dimension One Spas

Hydrotherapy Sublime

Dimension One Spas is a leading manufacturer of hot tubs.April Terreri learns how the company maintains its vanguard role.

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Dudley Products Inc.

Hair Today

The beauty industry in North Carolina receives an incredible boost from a couple who have invested years in making sure cosmetologists use the best products on the market, as Lorie Russo discovers.

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Starcraft Marine

The Star of Excellence

Starcraft Marine offers the best in boats and has been doing it for nearly a century. Michael Terreri offers the details, stem to stern.

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Western Trailers

Loads of Experience

Western Trailers engineers and builds tough, great-looking trailers including big payload semis for agriculture, flatbed use, forest products and refuse. Barbara Kram delivers the goods.

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Camaco

That Perfect Fit

Take a comfortable ride with April Terreri and learn how perfection and quality pay dividends for Camaco — the world’s leading independent automotive seat frame supplier.

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