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Most Innovative Industrial Companies For 2013
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Most Innovative Companies #1: Bolthouse Farms

January 17, 2014 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

Topping our list is Bolthouse Farms, which began in 1915 as a family-owned, commercial vegetable farming operation in western Michigan. In January 2013, Bolthouse Farms unveiled its Innovation Center, which is connected to the Bakersfield facility. The $5 million, 17,900 square-foot addition houses test kitchens as well as a sensory center, which allows product developers to use the latest technologies.

Most Innovative Companies #2: AquaTech

January 16, 2014 11:03 am | Articles | Comments

Our #2 pick is AquaTech, which has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water...

Most Innovative Companies #5: Toshiba International Corp.

January 13, 2014 12:21 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #5 is Toshiba International Corporation, one that many would not associate with...

Most Innovative Companies #6: Daniele, Inc.

January 10, 2014 12:12 pm | Articles | Comments

More than three decades ago, the Dukcevich family brought their delicious salumi to America from...

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Most Innovative Companies #7: Beaverton Foods, Inc.

January 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Articles | Comments

#7 is Beaverton Foods, Inc., which we picked because of its ability to remain flexible, specializing in small-batch recipes and the ability to change the facility to a new process in record time. By staying small, and innovating on hundreds of product formulas and bottling styles, they can concentrate on quality and distinct flavor.

Most Innovative Companies #8: Blackwell Plastics

January 8, 2014 12:51 pm | Articles | Comments

We're proud to announce Blackwell Plastics as our #8 innovator — since 1939, they've been providing plastic products for a wide array of industries. Blackwell plastics have been used for the military, in aerospace applications, and with lower-profile products like venetian blinds, weed-eaters and Igloo water coolers.

Most Innovative Companies #9: DGI Supply

January 8, 2014 12:45 pm | Articles | Comments

Our #9 pick is DGI Supply, which uses consolidation as a long-term business strategy that integrates the needs of the organization with a technique to troubleshoot the challenges of an aging workforce in a still-thriving industry. 

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Most Innovative Companies #10: Aggressive Grinding Service

January 7, 2014 2:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #10 is Aggressive Grinding Service, headquartered in Latrobe, Penn., which was selected because of their unique business model — by attaching themselves to the region's shale gas boom, and being stationed right in the heartland of the Marcellus hotspot, they've achieved enormous success.

Most Innovative Companies #11: Lantech

January 7, 2014 2:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #11 is Lantech, based out of Louisville, Kentucky. We selected them because of their impressive growth and domination of a niche market: with over 65,000 machines sold around the world, the company is the world's largest manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment.

Most Innovative Companies #12: Laureate Biopharma

January 6, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are many biopharmaceutical CMOs in the industry who would gladly take your promising molecule and develop it to the best of their ability. But when your company’s future is dependent on getting that molecule through testing, scale-up, regulatory filings and production as quickly and efficiently as possible – there are only two things that matter when choosing a biopharm CMO for your product – experience and expertise.

Most Innovative Companies #13: National Oilwell Varco

January 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Obviously, distributors focusing on the oil and gas markets have enjoyed the momentum, but few have parlayed this growth like National Oilwell Varco. NOV personifies the definition of a one-stop shop, as it designs, manufactures, and sells major mechanical components for both land and offshore drilling rigs, including the actual rig itself (which will run between $10-$15 million).

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