This Ohio manufacturer, celebrating its 60th anniversary next year, makes a point of listening to both customers and employees.

By Mark Lawton

Tom Bader, vice president of OGS Industries of Akron, Ohio, is thinking about succession planning close to four decades after he almost didn’t join the family business.

“I got interviewed by several other companies,” Bader recalls. “Then my brother and dad sat me down and says they’d like me to join OGS Industries. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It wasn’t so much about the money – to learn from my father was better than a college education and my brother and I get along fabulously.”


Latham Pool Products sees an increase in demand for fiberglass pools.

By Kat Zeman

As the largest manufacturer of inground residential swimming pools and components in North America, Latham Pool Products sells more than 20,000 new pools and roughly 100,000 liners annually.

There’s a reason for that. Aside from more than 60 years of pool manufacturing experience and state-of-the-art driven technology, Latham is known as an innovator in its industry.


World Energy’s fuel and fuel blends exceed industry standards. 

When AltAir Paramount LLC became part of World Energy earlier this year, it added to a company with a legacy of more than two decades of industry leadership in biofuels. The firm, which is based in Boston, is one of the largest suppliers of biodiesel in America, with more than 200 million gallons of annual production.

“World Energy has been at the very forefront of establishing the biomass-based diesel industry every step of the way,” the company says. “Biomass-based diesel now contributes nearly 2 billion gallons annually to the American fuel tank and nearly 8 billion gallons worldwide.”


After establishing itself as a leader, Harvey is enhancing its operations with lean.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

After nearly 60 years, Harvey Building Products is known for its high-quality windows and doors. “It has a reputation as a premium brand,” President and COO Nick Longman says. “If you talk to some general contractors in the Northeast, they [will] say, ’Give me some Harveys.’”

Waltham, Mass.-based Harvey manufactures and distributes replacement windows, doors and other building materials products. The company’s founders, Longman notes, started the company in 1961 after selling aluminum siding.


Arandell Corporation is expanding its footprint with a new printing facility and capabilities.  

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

A premier printing solutions provider with the one of the largest web offset catalog production facilities in the United States, Arandell Corporation is expanding its footprint even further.

In a move to add new capabilities to its portfolio of services, the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based company established operations in Walton, Ky. It purchased a new 225,000-square-foot facility this year to expand its services into capabilities like double web and tabloid-size printing in order to serve more complex customer demands.

“We are a paradigm in the industry,” says Jake Hoffman, director of data solutions. “Some of the other printers are either closing or consolidating but we have continued to grow and thrive. The Kentucky facility is another example of how we have continued to expand to meet the growing needs of our customers.” 


Freund-Vector Corp. makes sure it stays current with industry trends and customers’ needs.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor, Knighthouse Media

After nearly 50 years, Freund-Vector Corp. has built a legacy as a leading provider of processing equipment and services to the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and other related industries. But the company did not get to where it is today by resting on its laurels, President and COO Masaaki Kubota says.

As customers have asked for new products, Freund-Vector has evolved to meet their needs. “We are always listening to customers’ requests or trends and try to [go in] that direction,” he asserts. “Our primary focus is providing customer-focused solutions to overcome today’s challenges.”

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