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The humble origins of Epic — and 4 other iconic Dane County companies

The humble origins of Epic — and 4 other iconic Dane County companies

Today, one can’t help but marvel at Epic Systems’ sprawling Verona campus, which stands as a monument — or rather a series of monuments — to hard work, innovation, and seemingly limitless success.

Smooth Sledding: Area woman feminizes snowmobiling fashion

Smooth Sledding: Area woman feminizes snowmobiling fashion

When Wendy Gavinski, an avid snowmobiler since the age of 4, launched her women’s snowmobile apparel company, Divas SnowGear, in 2010, she had absolutely no experience in fashion design. “There were plenty of other companies making women’s snowmobile apparel,” she admits, “but I was frustrated with what was available.” Snowmobile suits, she said, tended to be unflattering and unfeminine.

Saris Cycling Group’s Fortune finds way to think globally, manufacture locally

Saris Cycling Group’s Fortune finds way to think globally, manufacture locally

On his way to the top of the business world, apparently no one ever told Chris Fortune that manufacturing was dead in this country, eclipsed forever by IT, finance, and health care as the kinds of sectors you should want to invest your time, energy, and money in.

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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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