Profiles

The Will-Burt Co. offers more than high-quality products – it provides complete solutions to customers’ needs. The Orrville, Ohio-based company’s products include roof-mounted, vertical-mounted and portable telescopic masts used in a variety of industries and applications including mobile communications, broadcasting, police, fire and rescue, and military use. Over the last dec­ade, Will-Burt has expanded its scope to include fully engineered systems.

Wausau Coated Products Inc. has made a habit out of taking big gambles and coming out ahead of the house. Starting with founder William Reif and his partner Lawrence Wokatsch and continuing with Ben Reif, current president, Wausau Coat­ed Products Inc. has faced numerous daunting situations, yet remains at the top of the label industry 30 years after its founding. 

When in the forging business, a progressive focus on quality is an important tool to have in one’s arsenal. Having been in business for nearly 45 years, Trenton Forging Co. of Trenton, Mich., understands this well. In fact, as a leading producer of custom impression die forgings for a wide range of industries, the company knows that any deviation from a strict quality focus can spell doom for its business.

For retailers, presentation is every­thing. A well-placed and attractive display of products could make all the difference when it comes to sales. For more than 100 years, Missouri-based Thorco Industries LLC has created products that help retailers draw shoppers’ eyes to products. The manufacturer works with  major retailers and brand marketers across the country to design and create retail displays. “From initial concept to final production, our expertise allows us to deliver merchandising solutions for a wide variety of clients,” the company says.

After 45 years, TCI LLC has become a well-known firm in the variable frequency drive (VFD) industry, according to Presi­dent Steve Copp. “We have de­veloped what we be­lieve is the most comprehensive selection of filter product solutions and what many also consider as the most knowledgeable team of engineers and technical support professionals in our industry,” he says.

The need for a good lock or door in a jail is immeasurable. And for more than 100 years, Southern Folger De­tention Equipment Co. has manufactured products that provide that level of reliability, even after years of use. “You have to provide a product that doesn’t break down,” Director of Operations Joe Chavez says, noting that on average, detention mechanisms will last 25 to 30 years. “You won’t last more than a few decades [in this industry] if you can’t stand behind your product.”

With plants in both Souderton and Hermitage, Pa., and another plant recently opened in Fontana, Calif., Solar Atmospheres is the largest commercial vacuum heat treating company in the United States. From heat treating to brazing and from carburizing to nitriding, the company processes thousands of pounds of metal daily and is home to the world’s largest commercial vacuum furnace.

Loyalty is a virtue sometimes lost in the pressure of running a business with global competitors. But Robin­son Industries has seen its loyalty to the U.S. auto market rewarded in growing business as the car companies recover from the recession. “The automobile business is increasing back to prerecession levels,” Marketing Manager Ronda Robinson reports. “We made a decision to be loyal suppliers and continued to ship to them even when their bankruptcy was looming.”

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