Traditionally, Federal has been in the business of making connections for the oil and gas industry, but CEO Keith Luomala says it may be more accurate to say that it’s in the business of making connections with the oil and gas industry. “The best way to describe our company and our customer relationships is that we’re a partner to the entire oil and gas industry,” Luomala says. 

In today’s fast-paced business environment, IT networks and their infrastructure are the life­blood of any successful business. Enterasys Net­works has been a pioneer in the network infrastructure industry since its founding, consistently staying one step ahead of technological advances for its clients throughout the United States and the world.

Delivering all types of industrial gasses is the most expensive part of the operation, considering the labor and fuel costs involved. So whatever can be done to reduce the number of deliveries is helpful. Delivering gass­es under pressure in thermos-like tanks that keep the gasses 200 to 400 below zero degrees Fahrenheit can provide far more volume than warm­er, low-pressure storage.

There are not many companies have survived for 80 years and had three generations of family involvement, but Composite Forgings Ltd. has. Based in Detroit, the open-die forger has and continues to flourish. President Charles Hopper Jr.’s grand­­father, Charles Hopper, retired from Composite as a heat treater and a welder. “Originally, it was a hammer shop, who producing small automotive-type forgings,” the younger Hopp­er explains.

Archery enthusiasts are among the most passionate participants in any outdoor recreational sport. So, it is no wonder BowTech Archery, a manufacturer of bows and arrows in Eugene, Ore., employs a number of archers in its work force, including President Mark Pezzoni. “Because so many people are passionate archers, it helps us understand what real innovation is and what constitutes great archery products,” Pezzoni says.

This October, Bear Archery will launch its 2012 line of compound and traditional bows, just in time for the holiday gifting season. Soon after, Bear Archery will begin working on its 2013 line because as its vice president and general manager Jack Bow­man explains, the three most im­port keys to success in this business are new, newer and newest.

In a time when so many companies are struggling to stay afloat during the slow economy, Atlas Resin Proppants has been facing challenges of an entirely different nature. Taylor, Wis.-based Atlas has grown significantly since its inception in 2004, and the company has been tasked with responding to de­mand while ensuring the operation is prepared to support its growth.

Anderson Chemical Co. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and not only has the business endured for a century, it has re­mained a family owned operation throughout that time, as well. Alfred Anderson emigrated from Sweden and established the company in Litchfield, Minn., in 1911, and from the 1940s to the ’70s, it was his son, Bruce, who managed the operation’s growth. The family’s third generation – Bruce Jr., Terry, Leif, Lindsay and Brett – is now at the helm, and while the family’s ownership has been a strong foundation for the operation, Anderson attributes its place in the industry to much more than that. 

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