Rocky Brands built its reputation on developing innovative and durable footwear and continues to strive for operational excellence to deliver high-quality products its consumers expect.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

For nearly 90 years, Rocky Brands Inc. has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium footwear that is known for innovation, durability and quality. “We make footwear to serve the people who serve, and we have a lot of passion for the people who are wearing our footwear,” President and CEO Jason Brooks says. “It’s more than just something to put on your feet; it’s a tool and necessary part of the day.”

The Nelsonville, Ohio-based company manufactures outdoor, work, western, duty and military footwear. The Rocky Brands family of brands include: Rocky, Georgia Boot, Durango and Lehigh. Rocky was established in 1979 as the company’s premium priced line of branded footwear, apparel and accessories.


YSI Inc. is working to better forecast customer demand to reduce inventory while still meeting its customers’ rigorous quality and delivery expectations.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

At YSI Inc., every employee has a sense of pride in knowing that the products they manufacture today will become vital tools in helping industry and government professionals protect the planet’s natural resources. “We provide high-quality, high-resolution data for the people who manage the environment,” General Manager Dave Barclay says. “It’s important work and I came to YSI because I feel like I make a difference in the way the world looks and helping people understand the way the environment works.”

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Rulmeca Corp. is growing substantially with conveyor drive systems for bulk and unit handling, and its new facility will ensure this growth continues.

By Staci Davidson, Managing Editor, Knighthouse Media

With more than 55 years in its history, the Rulmeca Group of Italy has grown to be a leading partner to the global materials handling industry. The U.S. base of the business hasn’t been around quite as long, but it still maintains the company’s dedication to delivering the “Rulmeca advantage,” which is going “above and beyond the call of duty” for its customers, according to Rulmeca Corp. President Mike Gawinski. As a result, the North Carolina-based operation delivers on its mission to provide timely sales, applications engineering, local assembly and service at a reasonable price to operators that can benefit from Rulmeca’s motorized pulleys.

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TydenBrooks sets the industry standard for high-quality, customizable security seals that provide unparalleled protection of goods during movement.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

When goods move, TydenBrooks is there every step of the way providing barriers for entry that offer its customers peace of mind that product integrity has been maintained throughout the journey. “We are the No. 1 manufacturer of indicative and tamper evident security seals globally,” CEO Robert Logemann says. “Last year, we shipped over one billion security seals globally and every one of those tamper evident seals is unique to make sure goods are safe and secure and the consumer is protected.”

VaderstadVV21104Väderstad Industries Inc. can serve a variety of customers with its agricultural equipment.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

Every day, the associates at Väderstad Industries Inc. focus on manufacturing innovative precision seeding and agricultural equipment. But it is essential to maintain strong relationships with its clients while achieving this goal, CEO Nigel Jones says.

Thanks to this approach, he explains, the company can learn what its clients need, which will make its equipment even more successful. “[We focus on] constant innovation of the products in terms of what the customer wants,” he says.


Seastrom has established itself as a reliable provider of precision assembly hardware.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

When Seastrom Manufacturing Co. Inc. sends bus bars, clamps or brackets to a customer, they can be certain that they are fabricated to the highest standard. “That’s what the industry counts on,” Sales and Marketing Manager Aaron Hludzenski says.

The precision assembly hardware company also knows that its clients count on strong service, which Seastrom is more than willing to provide. “The customer experience is what keeps us going,” he says. “We need to make it a pleasurable experience for the customer.”

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