April 2014

Niche In Forklift Tires

South Bend Tribune: Treadstone LLC, which recycles retired forklift tires into bags of mulch for playgrounds, landscaping, shooting ranges and other applications, has developed specialized proprietary equipment to serve the niche industrial tire market. Deb and Mark Sanderson, who bought the company from their partners last year, bring in tires mostly from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio […]

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Prisoners Make Someone a Profit

Prisoners don’t just make license plates anymore: “We Have the Time to Do It Right,” is one of the mantras on the unit’s corporate website; “Built with Conviction” is another. Although 40 of 50 states still produce license plates behind bars, prison businesses have diversified. Inmates at Arizona Correctional Industries at the Lewis prison complex

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Dippin’ Dots Aha Moment

Have you ever wondered what inspired that frozen treat that we all know as Dippin’ Dots? The Chicago Sun-Times recently interviewed Curt Jones, the inventor of Dippin’ Dots, about his futuristic ice cream dots. Q. How did family, friends and colleagues respond when you pursued your business idea? A. “I took the frozen pellets to

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