There is never a foot that walks into a Town Shoes Ltd. store that can’t be paired with its perfect match. As the largest branded footwear retailer in Canada, Town Shoes Ltd.’s supply chain ensures its customer service is top-notch and merchandise is always available at any store because of its efficient supply chain.

The Toronto-based company has been providing footwear, handbags and accessories since 1952 under the umbrella of four brands: Town Shoes, The Shoe Co., Shoe Warehouse and Sterling. Its merchandise varies by banner ranging from luxury to affordable. “In Canada, we are the largest branded footwear retailer and that gives us an edge in the marketplace,” Vice President of Planning and Supply Chain Ilona Williams says. “We pride ourselves on offering world-class customer service. It’s one of our key pillars both in the field at the store level and in our support center.”

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Overhead Door Corp. is in the midst of a total business process and system transformation that will establish a unified and consistent way for it to operate throughout the company’s five divisions. 

The Lewisville, Texas- based company was founded by C. G. Johnson in 1921 after he invented the upward-lifting garage door. Johnson traveled across the United States with a small prototype of the door mounted on the back of his Model T and promoted his new innovation at county fairs and in a number of small towns. 

“He was ahead of his time by using marketing and sales tactics such as customer coupons and sales outlet bulletins to communicate the news about this innovative product and create a call-to-action for consumers,” the company says. He established a network of distributors and soon his invention of the overhead door gained widespread popularity.

After people began to recognize the upward-lifting garage door, Johnson then invented the electric garage door opener in 1926. “His inventions created the foundation for C.G. Johnson’s well-respected enterprise that would become known as the Overhead Door Corp.,” the company says. 

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Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Burns & McDonnell has a long legacy that stretches back for more than a century. Founded in 1898, the company today is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, serving a diverse clientele across many industries. The company’s engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists allow the company to plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world.

“We offer full-service engineering, procurement and construction services on projects that have included pretty much any type of project requiring an engineering solution,” Vice President and Director of Procurement Matt Ralston says. “Our divisions are structured as independent global practices that focus on a specific industry. Our construction design/build group is a central hub that provides all construction support services to each engineering global practice.”

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For more than 70 years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has conquered some of mankind’s greatest challenges in space, on land and at sea. The company’s products have powered thousands of rocket launches, including the iconic Apollo mission that landed the first humans on the moon. Its space shuttle engines helped successfully launch crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit more than 130 times, an outstanding record of success.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion systems have played a vital role in placing commercial, military and government satellites into orbit, and have powered space-probe missions to every planet in the solar system. The Mars Curiosity rover is presently moving around the red planet, performing valuable experiments to determine whether life could have ever existed there – thanks to a power source developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne engineers.

These modern milestones are built on a foundation of propulsion achievements arcing back to the 1940s.  At that time, four colleagues from the California Institute of Technology – Dr. Frank J. Malina, Dr. Martin Summerfield, John W. Parsons, and E. S. Forman – gathered with renowned aerodynamicist Dr. Theodore von Kármán to discuss their shared passion - sending rockets into space. 

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UniTek Global Services knows that for it to meet the needs of the ever-changing technology market, the company itself must evolve. 

“UniTek is short for ‘universal technician’ and though our company has evolved greatly during the past nine years, the concept of the universal technician and our people providing that service remain the foundation of our strategic and balanced growth strategy,” says UniTek Chief Executive Officer Rocky Romanella. “We aspire to always have the best, brightest, most-informed and best-educated people in the industry as we strive to be a fully integrated solutions provider for our customers. In this respect, our supply chain and logistics team and their business partners must continually gather, analyze and provide insight to our organization on ways to deliver service excellence to our customers and drive growth. This requires a thoughtful and balanced approach as we endeavor to be a customer-focused company that provides innovative and profitable solutions to strategic market segments.”

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For Trinity Services Group Inc., maintaining a team environment is the only way to do business, Director of Communica­tions and Marketing Jim O’Connell says. “That’s a key point of pride for us,” he says. “We have unusual challenges that aren’t faced by a typical business.”

Trinity’s work is anything but typical. Based in Oldsmar, Fla., the company provides support services for 400 correctional institutions in the United States, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. President Larry Vaughn founded Trinity in 1990, and initially, it served facilities in Florida and the Southeast.

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For the past 31 years, Telect has provided critical infrastructure to the telecommunications industry. The company has secured its position as an industry leader by providing solutions and adapting to market changes quickly.

The Liberty Lake, Wash.- based company was established in 1982 and is a leading manufacturer of connectivity, power and rack solutions for the global communications industry. Telect has more than 5,000 diversified customers around the world, and an installed base of more than $2 billion. The company is focused on data center, telecom network, enterprise and CATV markets and is standardized with every major carrier.

Telect offers copper, fiber and power distribution equipment, enclosures, racks, power systems and integrated solutions. “This wide product offering gives Telect the distinct advantage of providing a one-stop shop for communication infrastructure needs,” says Barbara Haugen, corporate logistics manager. Telect’s teams mobilize to deliver cost-effective, reliable solutions.

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Any company that reaches its 108th anniversary has to be doing something right – many things, in fact. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. In fact, it’s safe to say that any company more than a century old has likely mastered the art of continuous improvement. 

Since 1906, the family owned and operated S&S Worldwide has been designing and delivering a variety of activity-based products, such as arts and crafts, games, holiday and party novelties, educational supplies, recreational products and rehab and therapy products. S&S Worldwide’s mission is to make it easy for their customers to play and learn. With recent investments to modernize its supply chain, S&S Worldwide is making even greater strides in that mission. The company has certainly retained those old-school values that seek to make its customers’ lives easier, but today, it’s doing it in a distinctly 21st-century way. 

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