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2020 Case Study - Malco Products

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Organization Background

Malco, which started in 1950 and is now 100% employee owned, manufactures high-quality, specialty hand tools that help construction contractors—including HVAC professionals who service heating and air conditioners—do their jobs better. The company also added a second manufacturing facility in DeWitt, Nebraska, that used to make the iconic “Vise-Grip” pliers—now called “Eagle Grip”—which will be released to the market in the near future.

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2020 Case Study - Cisco-Eagle

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Organization Background

Cisco-Eagle was born in 1970 when Warren Gandall, a material handling specialist for an industrial supply company, went into business for himself. Today, the company provides solutions for the movement, storage, retrieval, control, and protection of materials and products throughout their manufacture, distribution, consumption, and disposal. The company started with three employees in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but has grown to have to offices in nine states. Cisco-Eagle’s reach is nationwide—with many national accounts and internet business across the U.S. It also has substantial international business - filling orders to over 70 countries.

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2020 Case Study - Cherry's Industrial Equipment

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Organization Background

Cherry’s builds and sells specialized equipment used in warehouses to transfer product on and off pallets. The company, which sells primarily to Fortune 500 companies, also manufactures equipment used to clean and maintain pallets.

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2020 Case Study - Dragon Army

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Organization Background

Dragon Army is a purpose-driven digital-engagement company that counts multiple big-name organizations like The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Krystal, Chick-fil-A, and The American Cancer Society among its clients. The business was founded in 2013 by serial entrepreneur Jeff Hilimire as a mobile game studio, then pivoted to become a digital agency specializing in mobile and web applications.

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2020 Case Study - English Tea Shop

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Organization Background

The island nation of Sri Lanka has long been revered for its tea, especially in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Suranga Herath and his team capitalized on that history when they rebranded the business (which was founded in 2001), calling it English Tea Shop. Building on lessons learned from earlier in the company’s history, when it catered to low cost and mass production, English Tea Shop evolved into a premium organic brand. They did that by moving away from the traditional auction model used to buy tea for centuries. To help promote sustainable agriculture practices, the company now buys its tea directly from organic farmers.

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2020 Case Study - Experity

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Organization Background

Experity was formed in 2019 out of a merger between Practice Velocity (PV), a firm founded by Dr. David Stern in 2002, and DocuTAP (DT), PV’s largest competitor. “It was an opportunity to bring two winning cultures together,” says Stern. Experity offers practice management software and billing services for about 5,700 urgent care clinics—about half of the nation’s total—across all 50 states.

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2020 Case Study - HLB Lighting Design

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Organization Background

HLB Lighting Design is the largest independent architectural lighting design firm in North America. HLB, which got its start in 1968, is an acronym for the last names of the three of the founders of the firm Barbara Horton, Stephen Lees, and Teal Brogden. While the firm’s original office was in New York City, the firm has since expanded with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, Denver, and Austin. They also employ other remote workers who are deployed across the country.

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2020 Case Study - Laron

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Organization Background

Laron Incorporated provides industrial project- management, construction, and repair services to power plants, utilities, global mining companies, and other heavy-industrial organizations. The business, which now operates out of four locations, was originally started in 1975 as a machine shop. But when Glenn Thoroughman bought it in 1985, he renamed it in honor of the two men he bought it from: Larry and Ron. Laron, which was owned by its ESOP since 2005, was acquired by Ohio Transmission Corp., in January 2020.

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2019 Case Study - KAAPKE Holding GmbH

Organization Background

KAAPKE Holding is currently organizing its business model into two operating subsidiaries: KAAPKE Strategie GmbH and KAAPKE Marketing GmbH. They are a leading brand developing company in Germany, specializing in working for companies in the “German Mittelstand.” The company devel

ops strategies for brand positioning, brand-conforming design, and communication campaigns.

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2019 Case Study - Malco Products

Organization Background

Malco, which started in 1950 and is now 100% employee owned, manufactures high-quality, specialty hand tools that help construction contractors, including folks who service heating and air conditioners, do their job better.

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