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“We actually have 100 percent control of our manufacturing process,” says Joel Kaslewicz, national sales manager of Indux, which produces fastening solutions such as rivets, grease fittings, grommets and eyelets. Kaslewicz’s statement is a rare thing to hear these days, but given the company’s location and chosen industry, it’s a very necessary distinction to have.

Fresca Foods has changed greatly since it was founded in the early 1990s. Back then, it served retail and wholesale foodservice clients by providing packaged pasta, sauces and soups. Today, the company provides manufacturing, marketing and financial investment to second-stage natural and organic food brands.

Having pretty much invented the water softening business in 1925 with a fellow named Emmett Culligan, Lynn Lindsay’s Lindsay Co. over the years has been transformed into EcoWater Systems LLC. That long history and innovation in research and development is keeping EcoWater Systems LLC on the cutting edge of commercial and residential water softening.

Outside of food companies or  other producers of major brand-name household products, it probably isn’t common for manufacturing executives to be recognized randomly by customers for wearing a company-branded shirt. For Gerry McDonnell of DJO Global, however, the company’s products are so important to customers that a few end-users have done just that.

Twenty-five years ago, not that many people – let alone women – were starting artisan chocolate companies. But Cathy Brand-Beere, president and founder of DeBrand Fine Chocolates, took her background growing up in the confectionery equipment and supplies business and in 1987 meticulously started to build up a company in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., that has caught the attention of such notable celebrities as Oprah Winfrey and Donald Trump.

Summer is the time of year when Americans take to the open road, and helping them enjoy an often luxurious campsite are the trailers they tow, complete with bedrooms, kitchens and even bathrooms. Specializing in five different lines of recreational vehicles (RVs) is CrossRoads RV, which manufactures fifth wheels, travel trailers and toy haulers out of four  – soon to be five – plants in Topeka, Ind., plus one in Syracuse, Ind.

The printing industry has changed greatly since Chairman and CEO Joe Davis founded Consolidated Graphics (CGX) in 1985. As the company has grown to include more than 70 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, it has successfully adapted to changes in offset printing and digital printing by providing customers with the benefits of working with a local CGX facility, supported by a strong national company.

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