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Magazine Issue November 2009

National Association of Manufacturers

Save It For Later

Competitiveness is our most important priority.

Toy Industry Association

Toy Stories

New federal legislation, market pressures elevate scope of Toy Industry Association’s advocacy efforts.

A.P. Moller-Maersk

Sustainable at Sea

Danish conglomerate, A.P. Moller-Maersk, places environment and sustainability top among its fundamental business principles.

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

Fit to Fight

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s vision 2035 will make the facility a 21st century shipyard for a 21st century fleet.

O'Keefe & Associates Consulting LLC

GM: The Next 100 Years

A force in the automotive arena since 1908, the auto giant has gone into steep decline. Can it survive?

Volvo do Brasil

Heavy Truck Supplier

Volvo Truck’s Brazilian operation fosters economic development while providing the market’s most advanced heavy-duty trucks. Further, it combines safety with employee satisfaction and social responsibility. As such, it not only exercises a profound regional impact; it’s also considered Brazil’s best…

WaterFurnace® Renewable Energy, Inc.

Ground Source

WaterFurnace® Renewable Energy is the leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat pumps. David Soyka reports on how this company renews the heating and cooling business in environmentally and economically constructive ways.


Efficiency in Motion

It’s the best company at what it does that you don’t know about. Wynright conveys a penchant for innovation and creativity in products that help distribution centers and warehouses optimize space and better facilitate product movement through a number of…

Titan America, LLC

Cementing Businesses

Titan America is a premier supplier of a range of cement and related building materials products – aggregates, cement, block, fly ash and ready-mix – through various business brands based primarily along the Atlantic coast regions. David Soyka takes a…

Usina Caete, Unidade Marituba

Sweet Progress

Usina Caeté’s Marituba plant in the Northeast of Brazil has been turning its sugarcane into a whole lot more than sweetener. Fabrizzio Tenório talks with Lee Weingast about how a fine blend of technology and social and environmental practices have…

UTC Engenharia


UTC made the decision more than 10 years ago to focus its efforts on winning construction contracts for energy projects. The move is paying off, as the country is making an unprecedented investment in building up its energy infrastructure, reports…

Volvo Bus Latin America

Innovative Bus Builders

A subsidiary of Sweden-based Volvo Group’s Volvo Bus Corporation, Volvo Bus Latin America constructs the world’s most modern and longest rapid transit vehicles. In the process of manufacturing these mass-transit mastodons, the company is revolutionizing inner-city transportation. However, its influence…

Volvo Construction Equipment

Evolving Equipment

A relative newcomer to the segment, Volvo Construction Equipment Latin America (Volvo CE) reported record turnover for 2008 in excess of $500 million. As part of the global Volvo brand, the company is revving up the market with new models…

Rodolatina Transportes

Moving Right Along

Brazil’s leading transporter of cement in bulk, Rodolatina has become a driving force in its segment whose trucks can be seen at all major engineering projects in which cement plays a role. CEO Agostinho Bruno Zibetti tells Michael Sommers how…


Global Drive

When SIFCO celebrated its 50-year anniversary last year, it did so as Brazil’s leading manufacturer of suspension components for buses and trucks. However, as Michael Sommers discovers, while the company can lay claim to a half-century of history, it was…

St. Clair Die Casting

Stronger Than Steel

Founded in 1967, Missouri-based St. Clair Die Casting initially served local business. But it rapidly transformed itself into a technologically advanced operation with an international client base. A recent merger will further expand its capabilities and business opportunities, Dan Harvey…

Texas Steam Turbines Limited

Texas Steam Turbines – Manufacturing Steam Turbines

Texas has been manufacturing steam turbines for the past three decades. Sergio Feliciano tells Lee Weingast how his family business has positioned itself as leading provider to the growing sugar and ethanol sector both in its native Brazil and abroad.

Thermal Ceramics

Heat Shields

Thermal Ceramics provides integrated solutions to businesses with heat management issues, using its state-of-the-art technology and technical expertise to make sure companies' employees, clients and equipment are protected from extremely high temperatures, Jeffrey Matthews reports.

PPC Santana

Total Resistance

Brazil’s top manufacturer of porcelain and polymer insulators, PPC Santana is highly resistant to loss, but certainly not to change. President Arthur Lavieri spoke to Michael Sommers about the company’s latest products, innovative new service division, and its strategic partnership…

President Titanium

Titanium Titans

President Titanium provides the largest inventory, in the largest size ranges, of domestic titanium bar, billet, sheet and plate. David Soyka reports on a small company that provides “titan”-ic portions.


Fueling Growth

In the hands of the third generation, Rammert is longstanding in the Brazilian fuel tank industry. Having recently diversified into other areas, the company has proven that experience and strategy have been invaluable to survival in the business. Reuben Ford…

Remy Inc.

Hybrid Innovation

Remy International Inc. is North America’s largest manufacturer of electric motors for hybrid and electric vehicle applications. In addition, Remy is a global manufacturer and remanufacturer of automotive, heavy duty, and construction starters and alternators for markets in North and…

Renk Zanini S.A. Equipamentos Industriais

Geared Up

One of Brazil’s top producers of special speed reducers, Renk Zanini has never shied away from a challenge. As Michael Sommers discovers, despite being hit by the current global crisis, the company is on its way to a speedy recovery…


Engineering Evolution

With more than two decades of experience, Mecanorte Construções e Empreendimentos Ltda is a benchmark for the provision of engineering services to the heavy duty construction industry. Reuben Ford discovers how Mecanorte successfully balances social needs and the weight of…

Nile Chapman Construction

Rough Road Warrior

Nile Chapman Construction is doing its part to place the U.S. economy on the road to recovery. Particularly, the Utah-based subsidiary of Dalbo Holdings Inc., literally opens new avenues for fuel exploration and production. Dan Harvey describes how the organization…

Nynas USA Inc.

Refining Business

Nynas USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sweden-headquartered Nynas AB, supports the parent company as a strong link in the supply chain. With its growing role, the Houston-based business is building a state-of-the art blending and storage hub.…


Cutting Steel

Painco works with the world's biggest heavy equipment makers, providing them with the parts they need to produce tractors, bulldozers, backhoes and other types of machinery. The company uses the most modern and efficient equipment available to make sure it…

PaR Nuclear Inc.

Nuclear Support

PaR Nuclear, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, designs, manufactures and services fuel-handling equipment and outage-critical cranes for the nuclear power industry. David Soyka reports on a new venture, nucrane, formed to address new materials-handling challenges in response to the…

Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Full Service at Full Throttle

Greenman-Pedersen Inc. is a full-service engineering and construction firm that began as a transportation-focused business. Since 1966, the New York-based organization has evolved into a comprehensive service provider that now includes more than 1,000 employees working in 21 branch offices.…


Plugged In

Iriel has been selling electrical fixtures such as light switches and wall sockets from its base near the southern city of Porto Alegre for 40 years. Jeffrey Matthews reports the ways in which the company, now a part of Siemens…

Equitable Gas

Pipe Lines

Unlike many newcomers and upstarts on the natural gas scene, Equitable Gas has a history as old as the discovery of gas in Pennsylvania. And it has been supplying residential and commercial customers since, as Lorie Greenspan finds.


A Filtered Revolution

At a time when economic growth has slowed for many companies, Filterboxx experienced a 3,500 percent growth rate over the last five years. Janice Gable Bashman reports on how this company provides custom, high-quality potable and waste water systems and…

Fontaine Fifth Wheel

Wheel Technology

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is the world’s leading supplier of fifth wheels – the coupling that connects truck and trailer. David Soyka examines how this company makes the best connections for safe modern transport.

Carter Control Systems, Inc.

Conveying Efficiencies

Carter Control Systems (CCS) specializes in 24-volt direct current conveyor and material handling equipment that saves energy costs as it expedites processing efficiencies. David Soyka reports on how this company is moving to expand into new markets with “green” integrated…

Coates International, Ltd.

Engines of Change

Are you ready for the Coates CSRV engine? Chances are, even if you’re not, it won’t be long until this engine is a household name. Lorie Greenspan talks to the inventor of ‘the most advanced combustion engine ever built.’ Click…

Coperion Corporation

A True Customer

After more than 100 years in business, Coperion Corporation is still spry and agile in adapting to the changing markets. As Armando Diana learns, being nimble and dedicated to customer support is the best way to pass the century mark.

Cremer SA

A Truly Healthy Company

After flirting with disaster in the 1990s, Cremer, Brazil’s leading manufacturer of textile and adhesive healthcare products is experiencing unprecedented growth and profits. Michael Sommers discovers the company’s prescription for success in the country’s notoriously fragmented health market.


Crystal Clear Solutions

In 2008, CristalTemper tempered glass was awarded the national prize for quality in Brazil (Prêmio de Qualidade Brasil). Together with a strong history in the market, the industry award was yet another affirmation of the brand’s success. Reuben Ford takes…


Electrical Energy

After its acquisition in 2006 by China's Solartec, Brascabos has invested in boosting production capacity, and is preparing a round of its own acquisitions at home and abroad to further increase output, Jeffrey Matthews reports.

CAD Railway Industries, Ltd.

Back on Track

CAD Railway Industries repairs, refurbishes and upgrades rail locomotives and freight, passenger and tank railcars. David Soyka reports on how this unique Quebec-based company recycles rail vehicles nearing the end of their service life to provide “good as new” transport…

Atlas Eletrodomesticos

Oven Innovation

Atlas Electrodomésticos Ltda is Latin America’s leading producer of wood-burning ovens. With almost 60 years of experience in the market, the company is still directed by the family that founded it, and continues to be recognized by the industry for…


Nuts & Bolts

Belenus is a Brazilian manufacturer and distributor of industrial and construction fasteners founded by João Marcos Lucas and his son Sergio. Lee Weingast investigates how the father and son team has wisely invested to diversify and grow the company since…

Bemis Paper

Bemis Paper Packaging | Industry Today

The secret is out of the bag: innovation cornerstones Bemis Paper Packaging’s success. That applies to the past and the present, and it will no doubt remain true in the future, as the business is rolling out advanced products while…

3R Demolition Corporation

Deconstructing Projects

3R Demolition provides demolition and recycling services for a range of commercial and residential buildings and interiors. David Soyka learns the “3 Rs” of success for this British Columbia, Canada-based company.


Tropical Beauty

Brazil’s Adcos is a leading cosmetics manufacturer that has uncovered a winning formula: adopting the latest European technology and adapting it to the tropics. The 15-year-old company’s Executive Director Ricardo Maeski talks to Michael Sommers about the challenges – and…

Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A.

Grow & Prosper

Nestled within the Amazon forest, Brazil’s Alunorte has access to some of the world’s most abundant supplies of bauxite. Yet as Michael Sommers discovers, the company has earned the title of the world’s largest refiner of alumina due to a…

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