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Delta-T Corp. made a big splash in 1984 when it launched its business by introducing the molecular sieve dehydration unit (MSDU) to the ethanol industry. The company explains the MSDU replaced the usage of benzene – a carcinogen – as an agent in the removal of the last 5 percent of water from fuel-grade ethanol. Delta-T stresses the MSDU’s significance by noting that no fuel-grade ethanol plant has been built in North America without a MSDU since 1992.

With more than a century of experience, Despatch Industries continues to be the leading thermal processing company that specializes in clean technology. The Lakeville, Minn.-based firm services some of the world’s most sophisticated industries, including sectors that manufacture photovoltaic/solar panels, carbon fiber materials, medical devices and electronic components.

When Garry Hurvitz began selling his silk-screened T-shirts at a local city fair 30 years ago, he may not have guessed that he had taken the first step in forming a worldwide garment manufacturing organization whose apparel has popped up everywhere from athletic stadiums to the shoulders of former President George W. Bush.

Catering to the some of the world’s largest healthcare OEMs is no small feat, and it’s made increasingly challenging as these clients require suppliers to provide vertically integrated solutions. Symmetry Medical understands this, and has focused on providing total solutions to its OEM and direct medical clients, Director of Marketing Rob Sullivan says.

Longevity is a great measure of success because it demonstrates a company’s ability to adapt and thrive through changing times. This is especially evident in today’s economic climate, as some corporations with decades of history are locking their doors and shutting off the lights on their operations.

Although some may not recognize the Group Dekko name, it is quite likely consumers have come in contact with the company’s products or components – via the large OEMs who rely on Group Dekko as more than just a supplier. The Kendallville, Ind.-based firm has built a reputation with market-leading OEMs for inspired designs and innovative product solutions, which improve quality, reduce costs and improve speed to market.

Nogales, Ariz.-based Collectron has helped more than 200 U.S.-owned manufacturing companies save labor costs by taking part in its Shelter Plan program, a system the 40-year-old company created to allow foreign manufacturers to test production in Mexico before committing to forming a Mexican subsidiary.

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