Pharmaceutical, custom fabrication and flooring firms are in the running for the company of the year award handed out by the Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant.
The chamber announced Thursday at the Brantford Golf and Country Club the finalists for its annual business excellence awards, which will be presented May 9 at a banquet at the Best Western Brant Park Inn.
The finalists for company of the year are: ACIC Fine Chemicals Inc., AFI Hydro Inc. and Simpson’s Great Floors.
Nominated for entrepreneur of the year are Boyle Plumbing and Heating, TDG Marketing and Solo Cable Solutions Inc.
And the finalists in the technology category are Norlok Technology, Operation Life and Redragon Oil and Gas Systems.
Here’s a brief description of the finalists:
ACIC Fine Chemicals Inc: ACIC manufactures and provides clients with active pharmaceutical ingredients, manufacturing services, process development and optimization, clinical services and finished dosage forms. Headquartered in Brantford, the company has offices in the United States, Cyprus, Greece and Switzerland. Most of the company’s 50 employees work locally and sell to North and South America, while maintaining and developing global partnerships. The company also assists partners and customers to obtain product approvals, as well as approvals for the company’s own product development.
AFI Hydro Inc: AFI designs, fabricates and installs water control systems for hydroelectric power generation. In the past year, the company has secured contracts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, in addition to serving its traditional base of Ontario.
Since 2010, the company’s increased sales have allowed it to add jobs, create an in-house engineering department and an installation division. AFI Hydro has grown by 273 % since July 2011.
Simpson’s Great Floors: Simpson’s has a chain of retail flooring stores throughout southwestern Ontario, including Brantford, Ingersoll, St. Thomas and Strathroy. Sales volumes increased to more than $15 million in 2012 from just over $9 million five years ago. As well, Simpson’s has implemented a carpet recycling program that transforms used carpet and cushion into plastic pellets that can be used to fire cement plant kilns.
Boyle Plumbing and Heating: Boyle is a family-owned and operated business that started in 1971. It offers a range of services that go beyond plumbing repairs to include fixture installation, sewer and drain cleaning, back flow prevention devices and testing, water treatments, gas and electric water heaters.
Now operated by Gordon Boyle, the company, which began in a home office, relocated to a commercial location on Colborne Street West and then to new facility on Cockshutt Road in 2004.
TDG Marketing: Barry English started TDG Marketing, a full-service marketing, advertising and corporate communications firm, in 2001. TDG enjoyed a 50% increase in gross sales in 2011 and achieved double digit increases in 2012. The company has grown from a customer base of one in 2001 to more than 60 today.
Solo Cable Solutions Inc.: Matt Smith began Solo Cable in his basement with a single land line and a $100 fax machine. The company, which now employs 32 people, has tripled its capacity in the past three years and increased its product line to include satellite, fibre optics, structured wiring and commercial phone systems.
Norlok Technology: Norlok has been designing and manufacturing sheet metal fastening machinery in Brantford since 1994. The company uses an environmentally friendly process called “clinching,” which replaces spot welding. The company uses its website to facilitate international sales, as well as educating clients and potential customers through the use of product information and videos. It also uses 3D modelling software to custom design machinery for customers.
Operation Lift: The agency has been providing specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities for 38 years. Several years ago, it purchased a software program to enable expeditious collection and storage of data. In 2011, the agency, with the help of a generous bequest, purchased a GPS fleet tracking system and an upgrade to the radio communications system on each of its 14 vehicles. The innovation has reduced customer wait and travel times, maximized fleet use and created geographical efficiency of travel.
Redragon Oil and Gas Systems: Redragon manufactures custom engineering solutions for the worldwide utility and recycling industrial sectors. The company has seen rapid growth to become a leading supplier of oil reclamation/regeneration systems worldwide.