With more than 110 years of experi­­ence and a long list of high-profile customers in the retail, restaurant, petroleum, hotel, finance, automotive, corporate identification and gam­ing markets, Federal Heath is frequently the sign vendor of choice for many businesses nationwide. These clients select the company to design, manufacture, in­stall and maintain their storefronts and commercial locations.

Faribault Foods is more than a food packager – it says it is a solution for producers looking to outsource their niche product manufacturing. “We’re a full-service supplier,” Vice President of Manu­facturing Scott King says. “From sourcing ingredients to the end-product, we can and have done it all for all sorts of individuals.”

Peter Fink, founder and owner of Certified Transmission, explains that his company’s warranty policy is simple: “If you have a problem, it’s our problem. If it quits a few thousand miles out of warranty, we’ll fix it.”  This is probably one of the reasons Certified Transmission was again sel­ected by the Better Business Bureau as an Integrity Award Winner in 2010.

“Our industry is down nearly 60 percent over the last four to five years, but we are still performing well. That is due to efficiencies in all areas,” stresses Terry McNew, executive vice president of Brunswick Recreational Boats. With more than 23 years of experience in the recreational boating industry and responsibility for product development and engineering, manufacturing and quality of the Sea Ray, Bay­liner, Trophy and Meridian Yachts brands of boats, McNew knows best how Brunswick has kept ahead of the rest while the industry deals with the fallout of the economic recession.

Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing Inc. would like to reduce the lead times for its pontoon boats to get its products to its customers in time for the summer, but don’t expect the competition to be too sympathetic to its troubles. Not many manufacturers can complain about a backlog of 500 boats, but the Alma, Mich.-based manufacturer is in the enviable position of just trying to keep up with demand for its products.

From holding fences and signs to serving as tree stakes and woodpile holders, steel u-posts are a major – if unheralded – part of the American landscape. However, as with many similar items used in everyday life in the United States, most of the manufacturing of the posts is performed in China, with one notable exception: American Posts LLC.

The most highly valued baseball players are said to be “five-tool” players – those who have speed, a powerful throwing arm, good fielding skills, the ability to hit for average and the ability to hit the ball out of the park. To be one of the leaders in the sportswear-manufacturing sector, a company also has to excel in multiple areas. This is why Rochester, N.Y.-based Alleson Athletic has become one of the largest makers of stock athletic uniforms and apparel in the country, and Vice President of Manufacturing Steve Schwarz says the fourth-generation family business continues to lead the market because of the tools it brings to the playing field every day.

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