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Vermeer Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Vermeer, founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pella, Iowa, manufactures large industrial and agricultural equipment. The company employs more than 3,000 team members worldwide who design, build and su...

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Sheetz Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Founded in 1952 by Bob Sheetz as a single dairy store, Sheetz, based in [[{"fid":"11248","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field...

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Port Blakely

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Seattle-based Port Blakely grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe, owning and managing working forests in Washington state, Oregon and New Zealand. The company supplies customers...

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Midmark Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

John W. Eiting, along with three partners, founded the business in 1915 as the Cummings Machine Company in Minster, Ohio. It began as a manufacturer of concrete mixers, mining cars and locomotives. Th...

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Menasha Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Founder Elisha D. Smith acquired a small, struggling pail factory in Menasha, Wis., in 1852. Over time, he and his descendants transformed their woodenware offerings to keep up with changing markets. ...

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Mannington Mills Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

With headquarters in Salem, N.J., where it’s been since 1915, Mannington Mills Inc. manufactures a diverse line of commercial and residential flooring. It employs about 2,700 associates worldwide an...

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MacLean-Fogg Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

MacLean-Fogg, founded in 1925 in Mundelein, Ill., as a manufacturer of nuts and bolts, primarily for railroad cars, [[{"fid":"11277","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_imag...

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Lyles Family Enterprise

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Bill Lyles Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, founded W.M. Lyles Co., a pipeline construction business, in the oil fields of Avenal, Calif., in 1945. In the 1970s, the family leaders began diversifying by i...

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Lundberg Family Farms

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Lundberg family has been producing rice and rice products since 1937, growing healthy, great-tasting rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Today, the third and fourth generations carry o...

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Lloyd Companies

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The family enterprise, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., develops land and builds, manages, sells and leases commercial [[{"fid":"11276","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_...

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Laird Norton Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Laird Norton Company was started in 1855, when William Harris Laird and his cousins Matthew G. Norton and James Laird Norton founded a small milling operation in the Midwest. Over the next 150 yea...

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Kiolbassa Provision Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Rufus and Juanita Kiolbassa founded a meatpacking company in San Antonio, Texas, in 1949. They sold their [[{"fid":"11272","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt...

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IDEAL Industries Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

IDEAL Industries, founded in 1916 in a kitchen, is now a global, diversified business. The company, based in Sycamore, Ill., designs and manufactures products and tools for the electrical, wire proces...

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Hussey Seating Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

William Hussey, inventor of an innovative plow, founded Hussey Plow Company in 1835. The company survived a fire in 1895 and reinvented itself several times as plow demand declined during the Industri...

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Herschend Enterprises

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Atlanta-based Herschend Enterprises is the operating business of the Herschend family. It encompasses four divisions, all focused on providing wholesome family entertainment. The divisions are parks a...

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Flanagan Foodservice Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Flanagan story dates back to 1977, when Joe and Dee Flanagan opened a retail grocery store operated out of 5,200 square feet of space with three employees and 500 products. Joe Flanagan recognized...

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Elkay Manufacturing Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company was founded in 1920 by Leopold Katz, his son Louis and a tinsmith, Ellef Robarth. Today, the company operates more than 20 locations in the United States and overseas...

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E. Ritter & Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

E. Ritter & Company, founded in 1886 in Marked Tree, Ark., encompasses two business divisions. Ritter Agribusiness owns farmland and operates in farm management and specialty crops (raising fruits...

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The Duchossois Group

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The business was founded in 1916 by A.J. Thrall and his brother-in-law as Thrall Car Manufacturing Company, a freight care component repair shop. The company evolved from repairing car components to r...

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Dot Foods Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Robert (RT) and Dorothy Tracy founded a small company in 1960 to sell milk powder and other food supplies to dairies and ice cream plants. At first, the company was called Associated Dairy Products Co...

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