Taylor Devices 1Taylor Devices repurposes space technology to improve the structural stability of buildings back on earth.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Sept. 19, 2017, was a seemingly normal day in Mexico City, but then the ground shook for 20 seconds. In those brief moments, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake collapsed more than 40 buildings and killed more than 200 people across the country’s capital. Inside the 55-story Torre Mayor, the city’s third-largest building, the ceiling lights danced as the tower swayed, but the people within remained safe. An inspection later found no damage to the structure. 

Torre Mayor had made it unscathed through the most powerful earthquake to strike Mexico City in 32 years thanks to the seismic protection provided by its nearly 100 dampers, designed and manufactured by New York’s Taylor Devices. The company has produced shock absorbers, rate control and energy storage devices for more than 60 years, making it one of the most experienced manufacturers in its field. 

“Our products are based on aerospace and steel mill designs so they’ve already been proven through decades of use,” CEO Doug Taylor says. “We have the engineering capabilities to design and manufacture anything you can dream up in the field of energy absorption.”

Michigan Seamless Tube 2Michigan Seamless Tube prioritized precision and service as it expanded into the pressure pipe market.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

As recently as six years ago, Michigan Seamless Tube LLC (MST) was still seen as a tube manufacturer with a small pipe supply business. But as the natural gas market took off and construction began on new oil and gas facilities, the Detroit-area company saw great potential in the pressure pipe market and decided to invest in the equipment it needed to become a big player. 

MST chose to focus on pressure pipe 2-inch nominal pipe size or smaller. . These sizes are most commonly used by the oil and gas industry in a range of applications from refineries to fracking sites in the United States and Canada. 

APCT pic 2APCT invested in new facilities and in expanding its workforce to become one of the largest privately held circuit board manufacturers in North America.

By Tim O’Connor, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

For Steve Robinson, a relationship with a customer is like a marriage. “Ultimately, regardless of how upset [your spouse] gets, there’s a trust you have with them that allows you to work through any situation,” says the CEO and president of APCT. “That is what we strive for with our customers: the passion and commitment to develop that level of intimacy and trust. When you earn that trust, you have a potential long term relationship.”


CountryMark is meeting new fuel quality demands after completing a capital improvement project.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

After making a major capital investment into its oil refinery, CountryMark has created the flexibility to meet its customers changing product demands. The Indianapolis-based company invested a total of roughly $80 million into its oil refinery in Mt. Vernon, Ind.

The refinery is fitted to process roughly 30,000 barrels per day of light sweet crude oil, much of which comes from the Illinois Basin, a series of small oilfields in southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky. The largest part of the capital improvement project involved replacing a reactor in its fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCU), one of the refinery’s nine processing units.


A top systems integrator, Revere Control Systems offers turnkey solutions that meet its customers’ demands.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Revere Control Systems specializes in electrical instrumentation and controls (I&C) and automation with the capability of performing a turnkey design/build project for its clients. As an expert in the electrical and automation markets, the company helps its clients increase capacities, improve time to market, optimize their assets and meet regulatory requirements.

“We engineer and deliver industrial automation systems and solutions concentrating on the water, mining, metals, oil and gas, forest products and non-woven industries,” says Greg Graves, vice president of business development. “The scope of our services includes everything from engineering to design and managing a project completely through the development, installation and commissioning.”


Talbert Manufacturing is celebrating its 80th anniversary. 

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Hauling large equipment from one jobsite to another is no easy feat. It takes highly-engineered and specialized trailers to avoid time-consuming equipment teardowns, multiple trips to jobsites and risk of injury.

Rensselaer, Ind.-based Talbert Manufacturing has been helping contractors from all walks of life transport heavy equipment since 1938. The company, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, is known for building world-class heavy-haul and specialized trailers to customer specifications.

“We’re a custom solutions manufacturer,” says Troy Geisler, vice president of sales and marketing. “We provide unique trailer solutions to our customers.”

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