Culp Inc.: A Global Manufacturer and Supplier of Upholstered and Mattress Fabrics

Upholstery fabrics and mattress fabrics are the lifeline of Culp, Inc. The business is one of the preferred manufacturers and suppliers of these products to the bedding and furniture industries not just in North America, but internationally.

With more than 4 decades of expertise, innovation and quality, the company maintains its manufacturing and distribution facilities in China, Canada, Poland and in the United States. Through these strategic locations of their distribution centers, they are able to quickly respond to the needs of the industry in the international markets. Their operations are divided into 2 major divisions, namely Upholstery Fabrics and Mattress Fabrics. Their products include fabrics for covering box springs, foundations and mattresses. They also have various fabrics that are intended for production in commercial and residential upholstered furniture.

It was in 1972 that Robert G. Culp, Jr. started the venture. From a regional supplier, the business has evolved to becoming a global partner to a wide range of customers. Currently, the business maintains its corporate headquarters in High Point, North Carolina.

Cyan Worlds: A Video Game Developer

One of the well-loved video game developers in America is Cyan, Inc. Also referred to as Cyan Worlds, the company is the brain behind the video game the Myst series. This American video game developer was founded by brothers Robyn and Rand Miller in 1987.

There are two companies comprising Cyan Worlds: Cyan Worlds, Inc. and Cyan, Inc. The former was created after brother Robyn Miller left the original company. Both of these businesses are now located in Mead, Washington and are still operating and developing various video games that are sold internationally. The most popular of their creations is the Myst series, which sold million of copies around the world. This game was followed by Riven that was also received warmly by gamers and critics alike.

Cyan Worlds is also responsible in the creation of Uru, the massively multiplayer online adventure that was opened and cancelled several times. The worldwide limelight of the company came, when they released Myst, a “steampunk” 3D pre-rendered adventure game. Unlike the previous installation of the Myst series, this release was geared towards a more older audience. Considered as one of the earliest CD-ROM games, the Myst remained to be one of the best-selling PC games until The Sims was introduced to the market.

Since the creation of the company in 1987, they have released 22 games that were either self-published or through a collaboration with other publishers. In 2015, the company is set to release Obduction, a video game that is anchored in the spirit of Myst and Riven. The game is currently being funded by Kickstarter. Cyan Worlds have closely worked with publishers Broderbund, Red Orb Entertainment, GameTap, Fanista and Ubisoft. Broderbund and Ubisoft have released 8 developed games starting 1988.

Cyan Worlds continues to create video games that have also started to penetrate the mobile gaming industry. The company remains to be privately held and strongly depends on fundings from investment firms to release some of their developed products.

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc.: Offering the Country the Finest Tex-Mex Dishes

Mexican Food is the offering of Chuy’s Holdings, Inc., a value-driven, rapidly growing full-service restaurant that started its business in Austin, Texas. The company boasts of their distinct menu of authentic and high quality food.

It was in 1982 that the business started with founders John Zapp and Mike Young. The company operates in 14 states and has about 59 Chuy’s restaurants. Their restaurants are known for its upbeat, eclectic and funky feel that strongly maintains a family-friendly environment. They are best known for their large servings of Texas-Mexican inspired dishes that are whisked from fresh and high-quality ingredients. The culture and vibes of every restaurant is strongly attributed by the company to their employees, who continue to preserve the culture of the business through strong customer service.

Chuy’s motto is “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s!” This is especially true as their establishments carry a common décor but is made different by its unique store format.

Clovis Oncology: Spearheading the Future of Cancer Therapy

The exact cure for cancer is yet to be introduced to the market. As more and more people are afflicted with this malady, several companies have also made it their mission to come up with the right therapeutics to combat the Big C! One of the companies that have taken on this challenge is Clovis Oncology that is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Since its inception in 2009, the business has focused its resources on the acquisition, development and commercialization of anti-cancer agents. Their operations cover the entirety of the United States, in Europe and in several international key markets. The development programs of the business are geared towards addressing specific subsets of cancer. As of, they have three drug candidates that are in various phases of exploration. These medications include rociletinib (CO-1686) which is on its 2nd phase of clinical trial for cure of non-small cell lung cancer, lucintanibm a drug that is currently on its phase II of studies for lung and breast cancers and rucaparib, which is both in 2nd and 3rd phase of clinical trial for ovarian and pancreatic cancer, respectively. Both rociletinib and rucaparib have U.S. rights while lucitanib has both Japanese and U.S. rights.

Clovis strongly believes that the future of cancer therapy is based on personalized medication given to each cancer patient. Their therapeutics is set to be delivered to the right patient at the right time using the right dosage. The development of these medications is done in partnership with leading developers of companion diagnostics. With this approach, the business is able to secure the correct technology to hasten the process of development and to gain regulatory approvals for its global commercialization. They have connections with Avila Therapeutics, Advenchen Laboratories, Foundation Medicine, Inc., Array BioPharma, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc.

Clovis Oncology is a publicly held company with common stocks traded on the NASDAQ, under the symbol CLVS.

Bottomline Technologies: Providing Cloud-based Banking Solutions

There are more than 10,000 customers who have entrusted the services provided by Bottomline Technologies to reduce their cost of operations, optimize working capitals, and meet competitive differentiation. The company provides these services through their cloud-based technology.

Banks around the world, corporations and numerous financial institutions have partnered with the business to provide them the services they need to automate, streamline and manage their processes. These needs involve global cash management, supply chain finance, transactional documents, invoicing and processing of payments. Through the digital banking solutions that are offered by Bottomline, financial institutions are now able to provide their customers wires, ACH and BACS payments and even international checks. These solutions also allow consumers to do balance and information reporting, online account opening, check production and several other functionalities.

Bottomline is headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is publicly traded on the NASDAQ and provides support to about 65 of the Fortune 100 companies.

Booz Allen Hamilton: One of the World’s Oldest Management Consulting Firms

The services offered by Booz Allen Hamilton are primarily marketed to the civilian government, as well as to defense and intelligence agencies. Commonly referred to as Booz Allen, the business is listed as an American management consulting firm and is based in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Booz Allen’s core business involves the provisioning of security services, technology and management. Their coverage includes human capital and learning, strategic planning, information technology work, operational improvement, organizational change efforts, communications, systems engineering, economic business analysis, assurance and resilience, program management and modelling and simulation. The business is known as one of the oldest management consulting firms in the world, having been established in 1914. At one point, Time Magazine even labelled the company as “the world’s largest, most prestigious management consulting firm.”

The largest operations of the company are focused on the federal government and accounts for 99% of their revenue. Annually, the company generates more than $5.5 billion. In the sector of public consulting, the company has been heralded the best there is by Vault. They have been given the 4th best technology consulting business in the world based on several criteria, which include quality and prestige. For three consecutive years, the company has earned the approval of this award giving body.

As one of the world’s most extensive and prestigious management consulting firms, Booz Allen is also populated with employees that have made its name in various sectors. In the business sector, they have Art Collins, CEO and Chairman of Medtronic, Inc.; Jonathan S. Bush, President and Co-Founder of athenaHealth and Gerry Horkan, VP of Corporate Strategy, Yahoo! Inc. They also have very notable figures in the government, including Thad Allen, Commandant of the US Coast Guard; Wendy Alexander, Labour Party Leader and MSP and Ian Brzezinski, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy.

There are about 25,000 associates of the company and half of this population are carrying top secret security clearances.

Badger Meter Inc.: The Water Meter Expert

Water meters are the expertise of Badger Meter, Inc. The company, which was incorporated in March 1905 is a global manufacturer and marketer of products that incorporate flow measurement and control technologies.

The products that are marketed by the company are known for their durability, accuracy, and for providing timely and valuable measurement data. The products of the company serve various industries worldwide, especially industrial customers, water utilities, commercial and municipal clients. These products are categorized into three segments, namely, sales of concrete vibrators and gas meter radios, sales of water meters and similar technologies to water utilities and sales of meters to various industries for water and other fluids.

The majority of the products offered by the company are manufactured from their facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they also keep their corporate office. The business competes against companies like Neptune Technology Group, Inc. and Sensus USA, Inc. It publicly trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BMI.

BioSpecifics Technologies Corp: Providing Cure for Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytren’s Contracture

With all the ailments and diseases in the world today, we can only be thankful for the existence of biopharmaceutical companies, that continue to exert effort in creating novel therapeutics to make our lives better. A huge shout out should be given to the experts and scientists, who have spent their lives in these companies to make a difference on the quality of lives we lead.

BioSpecifics Technologies is a biopharmaceutical firm that has developed an injectable collagenase that has been approved for use for 12 indications to date. Their flagship product is XIAFLEX (collagenase clostridium histolyticum or CCH). Currently, this product has been given approval to be marketed within the United States. This medication is intended for use for the treatment of adult Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture. In partnership with Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., this drug is also being studied to bring relief for frozen shoulders. Uterine fibroid indications, for keloids, scarred tendons, glaucoma, herniated intervertebral discs, hypertrophic scars, human lipoma, canine lipoma for adjunct to vitrectomy indications.

CCH is currently under various phases of clinical trials to check if this medication will work to address several other diseases. The research and development of the company have moved farther with the partnership that they have with Auxilium Pharmaceuticals. In turn, the latter has also partnered with Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi), another pharmaceutical venture to help the dissemination and commercialization of medication for Peyronie’s disease and Dupuytren’s contracture. Other partnerships of the company include ties with Actelion Pharmaceuticals (Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico) and with Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation (Japan) for the commercialization of XIAFLEX.

BioSpecifics Technologies is one of those companies which have provided men around the world the cure for Peyronie’s disease. Not only are their medications intended to address sexual health concerns, these therapeutics are also looked into for other possible medical usage.

Agenus: Pioneering Immunotherapy to Cure Cancer

Our immune system can do wonders for our body, in fact, recent studies have concluded that it has the capacity to combat and cure cancer. It is in this scientific breakthrough that Agenus leverages their product offerings.

Agenus is a biotechnology company headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts. The company develops various adjuvants, patient-specific anti-cancer vaccines and checkpoint modulators (CPMs). These developments are created on the foundation of immunotherapy, which includes immuno-oncology. The creation of these CPMs has yielded positive patient effects and unprecedented clinical benefits. Together with their immunotherapies, the company is also best known for pioneering heat shock protein-based cancer vaccines.

It was Pramod K. Srivastava and Garo H. Armen, who founded the business in 1994. Back then, the company was traded as Atingenics, Inc. The rapid development of novel therapeutics related to cancer has been strongly attributed to the company’s strategic acquisitions. Two of the most significant acquisitions it has made happened in 2000 with Aronex Pharmaceutical and Aquila Biopharmaceuticals.

AMERCO: North America’s Largest Do-It-Yourself Moving Services

From its humble beginnings of covered wagons, AMERCO’s do-it-yourself moving household services have evolved into trailers under the brand name U-Haul. For 70 years now, the company has celebrated its excellent customer service and the difference it has made in the history of America, which gave birth to an industry.

Today, AMERCO is not just about the U-Haul trailers that it operates. The company has evolved into a multi-faceted business that has 3 principal business segments. These units market their products under 4 brand names, namely Oxford Life Insurance Company, RepWest, U-Haul and AMERCO Real Estate Company. Except for U-Haul, the other three businesses are engaged in providing the market insurance coverage. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment of the business is represented by RepWest. The company provides underwriting services for loss adjusting and claims handling. This segment also provides their customers damage waivers for moving and towing and as well as cargo protection. The Oxford Life Insurance Company is AMERCO’s Life Insurance segment, which provides health and life insurance to the senior market. Both U-Haul and AMERCO Real Estate Company, are engaged in transportation and storage services. The two subsidiaries comprise the rental and leasing units of the business. As of March 2014, the company has over 98,000 trailers, 37,000 towing devices and more than 127,000 trucks that are operational. They also own and operate more than 42.1 million square feet of rentable storage space, which is composed of more than 467,000 rentable rooms and about 1,220 self-storage locations.

U-Haul to date is considered as North America’s largest do-it-yourself moving and storage operator. The vision of founders Sam Shoen and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, has not only helped shape an industry in America but has also created a multi-billion venture with a market cap of more than $4.96 billion.

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