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Workers in the underground mining industry need safe, reliable equipment they can trust to withstand the working environment. Since its inception in 1954, Getman Corp. has gained a worldwide reputation for producing specially made vehicles and machines that make the difficult job of mining easier.

At just two years old, Boomerang Tube is well on its way to becoming a world-class producer of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) and line pipe (LP). Established in May 2008, the Chesterfield, Mo.-based company is in the process of constructing a state-of-the-art, 487,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Liberty, Texas, which will utilize the most modern equipment available to the industry and employ up to 350 people once fully operational in August 2011.

Quality over quantity – it’s a maxim that has been uttered throughout the business world, but one can accuse its proponents of not putting the words into practice. At Minneapolis-based Mid-Continent Engineering, CEO Sanders Marvin discovered the company would survive only if it truly began to focus on the quality of its work and not how many contracts it took on – a difficult change in mindset for an aerospace and defense manufacturer in business since 1949.

In its sprawling 1-million-square-foot Muskegon, Mich.,facility with 80 percent dedicated to manufacturing L-3 CPS develops and manufactures advanced propulsion systems for defense applications. The leading products of Combat Propulsion Systems are engines, transmissions, turret drives and suspension systems. Since being acquired by L-3 in 2005, the CPS product lines have contributed to the corporation's position as the nation's sixth-largest defense contractor.

Specializing in precision large-scale metal fabricating and machining, Ranor serves the aerospace, defense, nuclear and industrial markets. Ranor Inc. was founded in 1956 by Robert A. Normandin Sr. and began operations in an 18,000-square-foot manufacturing space in Fitchburg, Mass.

For a company that earns its revenue developing machinery, Advanced Automation surely relies on its technical prowess and creativity, or better put, the expertise of the people that work there. The company designs and develops “first of a kind” machinery and technology used by other companies to manufacture products for commercial use. Many times the machine itself is used to make components for another machine, such as a fuel injector for an automobile.

For Roswell Bookbinding, family is one of the most important ties that bind a successful entrepreneurship. The Phoenix-based bindery was founded in 1960 by the late Mark Roswell and his wife, Iris, who left the hustle and bustle of New York City to start a new life in the desert with their three small children.

Not just any composites manufacturer can jump headfirst into the aerospace market and have a successful run. However, Vermont Composites did just that in 1988, leveraging its vast experience in another industry that keeps a close eye on its costs. “When we went into aerospace, we were a medical device company, so we understood it was a very cost-competitive industry,” says Bill Berg, senior vice president of aerospace and defense for Vermont Composites.

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