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Magazine Issue November 2010
Agri-Fab Inc.

Making Lawn Care Easier

Agri-Fab’s roots date back more than 70 years. Today, the Sullivan, Ill.-based enterprise is a robust, two-pronged corporation that has significantly simplified lawn care. Click here to read the complete illustrated article as originally published or scroll down to read…

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BBI

Spreading Value

BBI is a design/manufacturer of granular application solutions primarily serving the agricultural and poultry industries. David Soyka reports on how this recently renamed Georgia company builds on a heritage of manufacturing and product innovation to help end-users improve productivity and…

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Cesantoni SA de CV

Exclusive Ceramics

From beautiful, exclusive designs to an emphasis on customer service, Cesantoni, a Mexico-based company specializing in ceramic flooring and tile, knows how to meet the demands of today’s high-end tile market. Rachel Hartman reports on the company’s 30 years of…

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MASON Manufacturing, LLC

Thriving Under Pressure

Mason Manufacturing LLC is the heat exchanger and ASME pressure vessel expert. In business for 61 years, the family operated enterprise represents the authoritative industry voice. A recent multi-million dollar investment will only solidify this reputation, Dan Harvey believes.

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Manitex International, Inc.

Going Global

Manitex International Inc. is a leading material handling solutions provider growing in physical size, product portfolio and reputation. “Niche” offerings include boom trucks, rough terrain cranes and forklifts, among others. The Illinois company has already captured a significant portion of…

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Librelato

Riding the Road to Success

One of Brazil’s leading manufacturers of products and accessories for cargo vehicles, Librelato is on the road to serious growth. Company President José Carlos Librelato spoke to Michael Sommers about what’s new: products, sales centers and opportunities, as well as…

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Kuhn do Brasil

Sowing the Seeds of Success

Five years ago, Kuhn, one of the world’s oldest and leading manufacturers of agricultural equipment, decided to open its first manufacturing plant in the southern hemisphere – in Brazil. Michael Sommers looks at how the company is capitalizing upon its…

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Habitare Construtora

Quality of Living

One of the largest real estate developers in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Habitare has spent the last 30 years making its capital, Belo Horizonte, a more habitable place. In explaining the company’s success, President Sebastião Sidney Soares hammered…

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Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Chattanooga Pacesetter

Volkswagen Group of America is on track to open in early 2011 a new benchmark-setting production facility especially constructed to manufacture a class of car specifically designed for the North American market. David Soyka tours this Chattanooga, Tenn. plant to…

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Volkswagen de Mexico SA de CV

Compact Creations

The Volkswagen name signifies an expansive group that produces internationally embraced and distinctive compact vehicles. Within Latin America, the global corporation established one of North America’s largest automotive plants: Volkswagen de México. Rachel Hartman provides a portrait of a branch…

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Bristow Group

Rotor-Raised Global Flyer

The thump-thumping rotary sound you hear along the shoreline is Bristow soaring above and beyond the competition. The U.S.-based company, which provides helicopter services to the global offshore energy industry, boasts the world’s largest fleet. But that wouldn’t mean much…

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Schwarze Industries

Road Warrior

A new broom sweeps clean, according to the old saying. That old bromide regains its power in the 21st century, thanks to Schwarze Industries. The Alabama-based company applies the most advanced technology to street sweeping equipment, which is keeping our…

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UPS

Link to Post-Recession Success

A flexible supply chain is crucial for manufacturers as they surface from the global downturn. They’ll respond more effectively to economic and/or market changes and, in turn, increase their competitive advantage.

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American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Road to Economic Health

Economic benefits of transportation investments are profound. That’s why passage of the new highway and transit bill is urgent. That’s the message gleaned from a recently released transportation construction industry profile developed by the ARTBA transportation development foundation. Congress needs…

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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

Congress Addresses Uncertainty: Avoidance as Action

For manufacturers to invest and hire, it’s time to end uncertainty about taxes. How did Congress address this critical issue? They left town.

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American Composites Manufacturers Association

Reaching New Heights

“Dream other dreams and better,” Mark Twain once wrote. The composites industry is doing just that. It’s confronting current economic conditions head on, driven by customized applications and a strong national association.

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Six Sigma at Cummins

One Company’s Journey

Six Sigma has profoundly impacted the Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins Inc. But successful implementation required patience and active company leadership.

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Bandit Industries

Capturing New Markets

When some manufacturers were stumped by the declining economy, Michigan-based Bandit Industries diversified its activities and, in turn, its customer base. David Soyka reports on how this market-leading land-clearing equipment producer stays chipper.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard Ltd

Docking Station

Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited is one of the largest ship repair companies in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast regions, with three floating docks and all the facilities required to perform the most complicated repair, upgrade and conversion projects for cruise…

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Force Protection, Inc.

Battle Tested

Force Protection, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer for blast and mine-protected vehicles, with test and production facilities in North and South Carolina, Michigan and the United Kingdom. David Soyka reports on how this innovative provider of mobile survivability solutions…

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Esmaltec S/A

Cooking Up Profits

A pioneering Brazilian manufacturer of gas stoves, Esmaltec has grown into the country’s leading producer of these essential appliances while expanding its portfolio to include every other electro-domestic item imaginable. Chief Executive Officer Annette de Castro describes to Michael Sommers…

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Circul-Aire

Clearing the Air

Every breath you take, Circul-Aire Inc., will be watching you. The Canadian-based company is intent on removing contaminants from the air. In business for four decades, Circul-Aire gets better and better at what it does. So take a deep breath…

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Meridian Lightweight Technologies

Raising the Metallic Bar

In business for more than 25 years, Meridian Lightweight Technologies Inc. raised magnesium die casting design and manufacturing to an art. In the process, the company painted a self-portrait with broad brushstrokes of aggressive and progressive business strategy. Less gifted…

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