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PepsiCo reaches consumers in more than 200 countries and has 18 product lines that generate more than $1 billion in retail sales each year. In 2008, the company had more than $43 billion in annual revenues while employing 198,000 people.

Atlas Tube’s dedication to lean manufacturing, employee training and cutting-edge technology has helped it thrive in the hollow structural sections market. The structural tube manufacturer is the outcome of combining five different companies through mergers and acquisitions. The result is a company with the most complete offering in the industry and talented employees, it says.

For Jim Franklin, these are the best of times at Keller Crescent. “We’re probably at the most exciting stage in our company’s history,” the vice president of operations says. “[We have] the opportunity to be at the leadership level in our specific industry.”

CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE:CIR) is a worldwide provider of valves and other highly engineered products that control the flow of fluids safely and efficiently in the aerospace, energy and industrial markets. With more than 9,000 customers in more than 100 countries, CIRCOR has a diversified product portfolio with recognized, market-leading brands. CIRCOR’s strategy includes growing organically by investing in new, differentiated products; adding value to component products; and expanding scope through development of mission-critical systems.

When Hal Wing – the chairman of Little Giant Ladder Systems – discovered the original concept behind the Little Giant ladder, he knew that he found a great product. In 1972, Wing negotiated the rights for production of what was the precursor to the Little Giant. Soon after, Wing negotiated the rights to manufacture and make improvements to the ladder, transforming it into what it is today.

The ability to adapt and evolve is necessary for survival. With 30 years in the metal fabrication industry, BTD Manufacturing Inc. has clearly learned how to make adjustments — whether through manufacturing processes or company acquisitions — to maintain its place in the market.

“Anything that has to do with pork, we do,” says Ken Williams, Farmland Foods’ executive director of marketing. Indeed, the company processes about 70,000 hogs each day to be used in bacon, ham, fresh pork, sausage and hot dogs.

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