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Made in Dane: 25 products that help define local manufacturing

Made in Dane: 25 products that help define local manufacturing

Dane County is not known as a hotbed of manufacturing, but its communities rely on a surprising number of blue-collar jobs. In that spirit, In Business presents its second annual Made in Dane feature, which touts unique products (and in some cases remade products) manufactured by businesses in Dane County, or companies headquartered elsewhere that thought so much of our local work ethic that they decided to locate a manufacturing facility here.

Growing Pains: The IT challenges of Spectrum Brands’ big acquisition

Growing Pains: The IT challenges of Spectrum Brands’ big acquisition

It’s one thing when business disruption is caused by previously unforeseen competition, but it’s quite another when the folks in your own C-Suite are responsible for it. In the case of Spectrum Brands, the latter is a good problem to have because the disruption in question was created by an acquisition that doubled the organization’s employee count. But it resulted in no small degree of anxiety in the business technology department because for the first time, the company had to extricate a business from someone else’s technology environment.

40 Under 40: The 2014 Class

40 Under 40: The 2014 Class

Each year, our 40 Under 40 issue celebrates the success of rising young business stars in the Greater Madison area, and each year the pool of worthy nominees expands. This year, for our 14th class, we selected from hundreds of hopefuls — each a business or civic leader who has demonstrated moxie and a firm commitment to the region through board involvement, volunteerism, or other activities.

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Inside Peek: Ale Asylum

This week, IBTV interviews Hathaway Dilba, co-founder and director of promotions for Ale Asylum, a craft brewery and tasting room in Madison. Ale Asylum recently built and moved into a new location that will provide extensive expansion opportunities for the company's yearly and seasonal craft beers. With a focus on hoppy beers, Ale Asylum produces craft beers like the popular Hopalicious, an American pale ale; Ambergeddon, an amber beer; and Contorter Porter.

IBTV Inside Peek: Evco Plastics

IBTV Inside Peek: Evco Plastics

Many travelers have seen Evco's building along I-94/39 while heading north toward the Dells. This week, we visit with Dale Evans, president of Evco Plastics, to learn more about the business. Evco was founded by Dale’s parents in their basement and has grown into a global custom plastic injection molder of thermoplastic resins with mold design and mold building. The company has 10 manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S., China, and Mexico; employs over 800 people; and operates 140 injection molding presses ranging from 28 to 3,300 tons. Among the markets it serves are medical, industrial, consumer, and office products.

IBTV Inside Peek: Trachte Building Systems

IBTV Inside Peek: Trachte Building Systems

This week IBTV goes behind the scenes to learn more about Trachte Building Systems of Sun Prairie. The company has been manufacturing steel buildings since its founding over 100 years ago. Over time, Trachte has gone from manufacturing steel Quonset huts and completely self-contained fast-food restaurants to designing and manufacturing steel self-storage buildings. The company markets to investors around the world interested in owning a self-storage facility.

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