Calfrac Well Services understands the stakes in today’s unconventional oil and natural gas marketplace. Wells are expensive, commodity prices can be volatile and service efficiency is critical. As a result, industry participants must minimize risks and maximize results, gaining the highest possible well productivity.

Calfrac Well Services shares those goals, describing itself as a customer-centric organization. Everything the company does is driven by a commitment to help customers succeed, the company says.

Calfrac Well Services understands far more than just pressure-pumping equipment, the company says. Instead, it has a deep understanding of oil and natural gas reservoirs, including the complex shale and tight sand/siltstone intervals currently being pursued. Additionally, the company continually works to develop the right fracturing programs, integrated with evolving in-house chemistries, to deliver the optimum well-completion results on which its clients rely, the company says.

Whether it is in the United States or overseas, Ardisam Inc. maintains control by doing all of its product designs in house, Director of Import Compliance and Transportation Sandra Roberts says. “This is one of the many things that really sets us apart from other companies,” she says. “It’s not just off the shelf from China, with us.”

Based in Cumberland, Wis., Ardisam Inc. designs and manufactures outdoor products, including lawn and garden, hunting, fishing, ATV, apparel and heating items. The company started its operations as a fabrication shop in a small garage in 1960 by Dick Ruppel and two other gentlemen from Cumberland, she says.

Dick Ruppel ultimately took over the company, which initially manufactured products such as its ice auger. This product was the starting point for Ardisam’s Eskimo Ice Fishing line, which “is now rated as one of the highest brands out there in the ice fishing market,” Roberts says.

The supply chain at Ardent Mills continues to strengthen the company’s capabilities after it was formed nearly one year ago from a joint venture between ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS Inc. To drive simplicity and better transparency, the company is transitioning to one common ERP system that it expects to have fully operational by next spring. 

“The legacy companies that formed Ardent Mills were strong competitors right up until May 29 of last year,” Vice President of Supply Chain Jeff Zyskowski says. “We have formed a joint venture and are working through all those things that go with starting up a brand-new company.”

Ardent Mills offers a broad range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products with a coast-to-coast network of 43 community mills, three bakery-mix centers and a specialty bakery. Headquartered in Denver, the company operates as an independent joint venture of its three parent companies: Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra Foods; Minneapolis, Minn.-based Cargill; and St. Paul, Minn.-based CHS. Ardent Mills’ mission is to maximize the combined capabilities and experience of its parent companies to bring innovative flour and grain products, services and solutions to the marketplace. 

Accucaps Industries Limited got its start 25 years ago producing two very different products: paint balls and bath beads. Today, the Windsor-based company manufacturers a wide range of soft gelatin capsule products for the pharmaceutical industry and the consumer marketplace.

The company’s over-the-counter (OTC) products include nutritional supplements, vitamins, cough and cold medications, allergy capsules, female hormonal products, prenatal vitamins, analgesics, pain medications and skincare products. Both the pharmaceuticals and OTC products are produced at Accucaps Industries’ facilities in Windsor and Strathroy, Ontario. 

After more than 150 years, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) can boast of strong brand equity in its market. “We are a very well known grocer,” Vice President of Strategic Sourcing Jeffrey Ball says. “There’s a cherished value that’s associated with the [A&P] name and grocery shopping.”

Based in Montvale, N.J., the company operates more than 300 stores under the A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaum’s, Super Fresh, The Food Emporium, Food Basics, Best Cellars and A&P Wine & Spirits banners. Ball notes that A&P’s history goes back to 1859, when tea and spice merchants George Huntington Hartford and George Gilman started it as The Great American Tea Co., a mail order business.

By 1881, A&P had become the first grocery chain with 100 stores. “It was Walmart before there was even a Walmart,” Ball says, noting that A&P is now a $6 billion company with a staff of 30,000. “A lot of people recognize [our] legacy.”

In countless ways, 3M has made life easier for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. From manufacturing to healthcare to electronics, 3M’s innovations have touched lives by improving the way people live and work. But it isn’t only the end-users of 3M’s products who reap the benefit of the company’s never-ending commitment to continuous improvement. As 3M Canada Director of Strategic Sourcing Jeff van Geel explains, the company devotes just as much energy to improving life for its internal staff and business partners, as well. He says a number of recent initiatives under way within 3M Canada demonstrate the lengths to which the company will go to maintain its position as a global innovation leader.

According to van Geel, 3M Canada has undergone a significant transformation that aims to revitalize communication between project teams and improve supply chain operations across the board. The company also has taken the initiative to develop a new supplier awards program that recognizes and strengthens the relationships between 3M Canada and its supply partners. 3M Canada also is taking a more global approach to its supply chain by sourcing from more global suppliers thanks to advances in communication technology.

Watco Supply Chain Services is a new business unit of Pittsburg, Kan.-based Watco Companies that launched in fourth-quarter 2014 to extend additional services to customers and diversify the company. “We expect the unit in five years to reach $500 million in revenue across the various services we offer through organic growth and acquisitions,” President Eric Wolfe says. “We won’t take any shortcuts in building this unit.”

The Springdale, Ark.-based business unit was established after years of listening to Watco customers to understand their supply chain needs. “We build on Watco’s intense customer focus and attention to detail,” Wolfe adds. “Watco has a system-wide focus on the customer.”

Watco Companies is a transportation company providing transportation, terminal and port, and mechanical solutions for customers throughout North America and Australia. Watco Companies is the owner of Watco Transportation Services, one of the largest short-line railroad holding companies in the United States with 32 short-line railroads operating on more than 4,400 miles of track, as well as 28 industrial contract switching locations. 

An international producer of construction materials, Vulcan Materials Co. provides services that are essential to the standards of living of advanced and developing societies. Its product offerings include aggregates, sand, gravel, ready-mix concrete and asphalt. The company works to differentiate itself through concern for customers, a familial culture, safety-first initiatives and environmental stewardship.

“We are the nation’s largest producer of construction materials,” Director of Procurement Pete Roberts says. “A member of the S&P 500, we have been in business for 58 years. The company has locations in 23 states and one offshore operation in Mexico.” 

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