Profiles

Loewen

Loewen’s high quality and attention to detail make it the preferred wood window and door provider for ultra-luxury homes.

By Tim O’Connor

Many of the best craft manufacturers have one thing in common: they invest heavily in their skilled workers and keep them around for the long haul. It’s no different at window and door frame manufacturer Loewen, where continuous improvement and strong professional development are intrinsic to the culture.

The Canadian company works with employees early on to understand their interests and identify opportunities within its organization so that they are more likely to stick with Loewen as they advance in their careers. Those efforts have helped the company counteract the generational attitude shift that has millennial workers changing jobs more frequently than their predecessors.

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At the start of its fourth decade, Ellery Manufacturing continues to offer diverse custom manufacturing capabilities.

By Jim Harris

Ellery Manufacturing’s customers know they can rely on the company to machine high-quality large parts. “We employ experienced machinists and maintain a level of machining capacity that allows us to take on jobs that other shops might not be prepared to handle,” says Paul Ellery, vice president of the Surrey, British Columbia-based company. “We are very flexible when it comes to the types of parts and materials we can work with.”

The 40-year-old company provides custom machining, fabrication and project management services to major industrial customers and engineering firms. “We can build everything from components for amusement park rides to heavy-duty drill works and top drives for the oil and gas industries and everything in between,” he adds.

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Amphenol Fiber Systems International launches a new product incorporating expanded beam technology.

By Kat Zeman

Its physical contact connector placed the company on the map. But its new product clearly demonstrates that Amphenol Fiber Systems International is on the beam.

The Allen, Texas-based company designs, manufactures and markets fiber-optic interconnect solutions that are designed to withstand harsh environments. They are most often used in military, oil and gas, mining, industrial and broadcast applications.

In October 2016, Amphenol Fiber Systems launched what it considers a top-notch fiber-optic connector in the market: TFOCA-XBT4. It is a new and different take on the company’s flagship product, the TFOCA-II physical contact connector, which is the standard fiber-optic connector for many ground military and industrial applications.

Chemence

Chemence prepares to enter the industrial adhesive market with game-changing products.

By Tim O’Connor

Chemence doesn’t hire just one kind of chemist. The company is involved in a variety of fields and its researchers and chemical engineers need to mirror that in their backgrounds.

Having a staff filled with people from different disciplines helps in product development. When trying to get the chemical makeup of a product just right, Chemence can approach it not only from an acrylate perspective, but also bring in people specializing in all forms of polymer and light curing science. “One of our biggest strengths is we’re very diversified,” CEO James Cooke says. “What that means from an R&D standpoint is we have all these Ph.D.s from different disciplines and we come up with creative ways to solve customers’ problems.”

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Allied Alloys plans to continue growing over the next two years.

By Alan Dorich

When Allied Alloys buys scrap, it knows where it comes from. “We actually analyze all of the scrap before we put it into our inventory,” Co-owner Nidhi Turakhia. “We don’t want to get involved in the trade of stuff that was not purchased properly.”

Based in Houston, Allied processes nickel alloys, non-ferrous and ferrous metals to resale into all industries including foundries, mills, as well as end consumers. Turakhia says the company was formed in 2006 when the other two current owners, Mukesh Turakhia and Andy Mitch Greenberg, formed a partnership.

Although Allied has only operated for 11 years, “We have over 100 years’ experience, because all of the owners come from a scrap background,” she says, adding that the company accepts scrap from oil and gas companies such as Schlumberger Ltd. and BP p.l.c., as well as other scrap dealers and brokers. “We accept and purchase scrap metal from all over the world.”

Wyatt

Wyatt Technology’s small size helps it provide strong service to light scattering instrument buyers.

By Tim O’Connor

For a company that’s all about measurements, there’s never really been a straightforward way for Wyatt Technology to measure success. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company, which specializes in producing light scattering instruments used to determine the absolute weights and sizes of macromolecules, is not governed by a regulatory agency or industry organization that collects data or compares instruments. Understanding Wyatt’s products’ acceptance by the market was always a bit of a mystery.

That is, until Clifford Wyatt, executive vice president and one of the founder’s two sons, realized the company could get a sense of its impact by looking at how many peer-reviewed articles cited Wyatt Technology’s instruments. After combing through the data, the company found that there were more than 13,000 peer-reviewed articles that have referenced Wyatt Technology since the company began in 1982. “By having so many papers published in peer-review [journals], we really do demonstrate the technical superiority and market adoption that stands behind each product,” President Geofrey Wyatt says.

A clearer picture of its impact on chemical, industrial and commercial customers has helped Wyatt Technology better market its instruments. “The best way to sell something is word of mouth,” Geofrey Wyatt states. “The second best way is to point to somebody who has measured the same thing you want to measure and show their published results.”

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North River Boats aims to grow by tapping the best talent and leveraging key partnerships.

By Bianca Herron

North River Boats is one of the largest heavy-gauge aluminum boat manufacturers in the United States, and it has a national and international customer base serving three distinct segments: government, commercial and recreational.

The Roseburg, Ore.-based company’s customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Trinidad Pilots Association, Authority Canal de Panama, and many commercial businesses, and state and county municipalities throughout the U.S.

North River Boats prides itself on building world-class products on time and within budget. Its mission is to enhance the lives of its customers, employees and community by building the best aluminum boats in the industry.

Myers

Myers Container’s commitment to continuous improvement helped the company reach the 100-year mark.

By Jim Harris

Most family businesses have a clear line of succession, with each generation taking over seamlessly from the one before it. For Myers Container, however, keeping the company going for a century has required a major commitment and investment from the past two generations of its family owners.

“We’re a 100-year-old company in its fourth generation, but the company has left the family and come back a few times,” CEO Kyle Stavig says. Portland-based Myers Container manufactures, reconditions and recycles 55-gallon steel and plastic drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) used in a variety of industrial applications.

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