On the Grow

For over 150 years, St. Cloud has experienced continuous and steady growth as a region. Located in the heart of Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River, the area has served as a transportation corridor. It offers relatively easy access to the north and the rest of the United States, since the BNSF railroad, highway and interstate systems grew up around it.

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future

The City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is making a name for itself as an attractive place for businesses and new residents alike. Located near Milwaukee, Wauwatosa’s combination of small town charm, central location, and quick access to major cities has made it an attractive city in which to conduct business.

City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Oilfield Experts

The DTC Energy team boasts extensive, long term experience in on-site supervision and project and operations management – and these industry insiders are improving operations and safety in every major basin in the United States.

DTC Energy Group, Inc.

Developing Products from Concept to Reality

From its humble beginnings, launched by two friends from Stanford University, D&K Engineering has grown to become a global leader in end-to-end R&D, product development and manufacturing services for innovative, hardware-based products and equipment.

D&K Engineering

Your Vision, Our Quality, One Partnership

Cope Plastics is a fabricator and distributor of plastic sheet, rod and tube with locations across the Midwest and is doing business nationwide. The company provides complete custom fabrication solutions from engineering and design to assistance with material selection and the manufacturing of quality, cost-effective fabricated parts.

Cope Plastics Inc.

Diversified Capabilities

AarKel Tool & Die provides a complete solution. Established in 1977, the Ontario based business can deliver die cast die manufacturing, plastic injection tool manufacturing, prototype tool manufacturing, product design, tool design, CNC / EDM machining, assembly and inspection, part tryouts, and production runs.

AarKel Tool & Die

Reconnecting Wells with WASP Technology

Accelerating the production and recovery of oil wells in an economically viable way is a mission that many energy companies seek to accomplish. Blue Spark Energy is a company that helps the oil and gas industry do this with its innovative WASP® (Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulsing) technology…

Blue Spark Energy

The Automation Experts

This year marks Specialized Automation Services’ tenth anniversary. The Grand Junction, Colorado company has a lot to celebrate after its first decade in business; the firm has grown to become a major player in its industry.

Specialized Automation Services

Smaller, Lighter, Cost-Effective Frac Plugs

Since June 2011, Downhole Technology has been a bulk manufacturer and provider of composite frac plugs to oilfield service companies throughout the United States. Founder and Director of Technology Duke VanLue designed the company’s Boss Hog Frac Plug to be a more efficient, reliable and cost-effective plug to minimize environmental risks while saving time, water and other resources. Full vertical integration at the company’s Houston, Texas state of the art manufacturing and testing facilities ensures product quality and traceability of materials.

Downhole Technology

Serving the Oil, Gas and Energy Sectors

SMI Companies Global, Inc. key managers and supervisors have been meeting the needs of clients in the oil, gas, and energy service industries for almost thirty years. The company provides a wide range of high-quality custom fabrication along with full-service plant construction and maintenance, short run manufacturing services, turnkey structural steel fabrication and erection, process equipment and mechanical packaged systems, sand blasting, surface preparation and industrial coatings, bulk material handling systems, piping systems, ducts, stacks and breeching, turnarounds, shutdowns, special projects and more.

SMI Companies Global, Inc.

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The Plastic Straw that Broke the Internet

To say the invention of plastic revolutionized manufacturing is an understatement – it literally changed our lives forever. With its roots going back hundreds of years, the development of plastic is credited to English chemist Alexander Parkes and the discovery of Parkesine (nitrocellulose), considered to be the first man-made plastic. Tied in to the evolution of photography, celluloid plates became a lighter alternative to the heavy and fragile glass plates used to capture early images.