After growing up in the family business, Jared Graening is now president of GMT Corp., a contract manufacturer based in Waverly, Iowa. As he and his sister, Vice President Darcy Graening Knights, took inventory of the company’s strengths and weaknesses, they realized GMT would need to diversify beyond the agricultural sector to compete in the modern-day marketplace.
There are not many firms that have lasted more than 100 years and become the leaders of their markets, but Gardner Denver Inc.’s Nash Division has beaten the odds, Vice President and General Manager Vince Trupiano says. “[Our] background goes back to the Henry Ford era and Model T days,” he declares.
Eagle Pro Industrial Tools may be new to the U.S. market but that doesn’t mean it’s inexperienced. Since 1996, the Vancouver-based company has manufactured hydraulic tools for industrial applications such as power generation, mining and construction. From its ISO 9001:2008-certified facility, the company has sold to countries in Asia, Europe and to Australia. Historically, its presence in the United States has been sparse, but last year, the company decided to change that.
“Slow and steady wins the race” is not the motto of Dakota Transload, but it nicely describes how the company operates. It started with one client and has built its business “from the ground up,” according to co-founder and Vice President Josh Boyko. By slowly expanding its services, Dakota Transload has seen steady growth in the oilfield market.
When Countrywide Energy Services entered into the Marcellus Shale gas play in 2010, with intentions of specializing in water transfer services, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipe was not a popular choice among clients because there were more cost-effective products on the market. However, once owner Jacob Howery came into the scene with a pipe that promised to transfer water with nary a leak, customers began calling Countrywide for its services.
Concreto Lanzado de Fresnillo S.A de C.V opened its doors March 4, 2002, in Fresnillo, in the state of Zacatecas in Mexico. By July of that year, the company had a contract to do work for Compañía Minera Fresnillo S.A. de C.V, the largest primary silver producer in the world. The concrete company that started with 10 employees embarked on a rapid growth plan that would have it staff up to 267 workers divided into more than 10 crews just 10 years after it was founded.
Coal miners can’t catch much of a break these days. Regulations for the industry, especially those involved in surface coal mining, have always been strict, as they should be. The aftereffects of coal mining can involve high levels of acidity that when mixed with rain creates a runoff leading to vegetation devastation, and without proper protection, employees can be left with debilitating lung diseases. If a mining company does not take the proper precautions, the ensuing government fines and personal lawsuits will be more than sufficient to shut a coal mine down. The only way to operate in this business is to operate above reproach.