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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.”

AlliedAlloys

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.”

NorthRiverBoats

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.

Premio

Premio is focused on doubling its size by transforming itself into a design, manufacturing and service company.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Premio designs and builds world-class computing technology solutions for businesses with highly specialized needs, including some of the world’s top technology companies. In a market with fierce competition, the company differentiates itself by stepping into its customers’ shoes and remaining flexible to meet any business need. 

Tom and Crystal Taso founded the City of Industry, Calif.-based company in 1989 to design computers for the K-12 education segment. Kevin Wu was recruited in 1997 as executive vice president to help manage the challenge of operation complexity due to the significant sales growth. “However, when the PC became a commodity in the late ’90s, it was believed Premio had to find a different way to sustain as a business,” he remembers. “We had been in the business for 10 years. Our business infrastructure, resources, practices and partnerships with all major suppliers should make Premio a contract manufacturer. It would be an easy and simple role for Premio to step into.”

Cobey

Cobey is ready to take on any challenges that its clients bring.

By Alan Dorich

Cobey Inc. may not be as large as some of its competitors, but the company’s modest size allows it to be more nimble when meeting customers’ needs. “We’ve been able to swing from oil and gas to petrochemical to power gen or any of the different industries that utilize rotating equipment,” co-owner and Vice President Eric J. McKendry declares.

The company also can go wherever its clients need it, which can range from the Alaska North Slope to a desert in Saudi Arabia. “We’ve really had to cover it all,” he says.

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