Industry Spotlight: George Pickett and Associates

George Pickett and Associates or GP&A is based in Apex, NC and specializes in electrical products for the electric industry in the Carolinas and Virginia. Being a multi-person multi-line facility, GP&A proudly works with 20 different product lines. In order to provide exceptional service to its clients, GP&A is committed to a philosophy that represents excellence in each detail of their work. GP&A understands the direct impact the products they supply have on each of their clients and because so strive to have the highest degree of professionalism in market knowledge, experience, integrity, performance and trust. Many members of the GP&A staff have completed multiple professional courses and continue to take courses that enrich their product knowledge.

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Industry Spotlight: Griffin Motion

Founded in 2005, Griffin Motion provides high precision motion products to the OEM market place. In the fall of 2015 Griffin Motion expanded their manufacturing capabilities by moving to a new 20,000 sq ft. building in Pinnacle Business Park. By employing the golden rule throughout their business, Griffin Motion has become a leader in the manufacturing industry. This one-stop-shop takes the client’s needs from conception to a fully-tested and complete final product. The design team utilizes the latest version of SolidWorks and has a flexible mindset as to how their products can be manipulated to provide exactly what the client needs. This customized process helps to standardize inventory, reduce lead times and provide highly competitive pricing. All production and prototyping work is performed in house and made with the highest quality machine tools available.

Griffin Motion specializes in:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Laser machining
  • Medical applications
  • University research
  • Automotive testing
  • Military projects

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Industry Spotlight: Bland Landscaping

Bland Landscaping Company was established in 1976 and has proudly called Apex home from the very beginning. Currently employing over 200 people, Bland Landscaping provides commercial and high-end estate landscaping with a strong emphasis on service excellence.

Landscape Management recently released the 2016 Top 150 landscaping companies in the United States and Bland Landscaping was ranked 111th!

As one of the very first Green Plus Certified companies in the nation, Bland is undoubtedly a leader in the landscape industry. Along with their commitment to providing an environmentally safe and sustainable service, Bland Landscaping also is committed to the local community that surrounds each location, whether that is Apex, Durham or the Charlotte area. In fact, all upper management and office employees are required to volunteer at least 16 hours each year! The Triangle area has seen this first-hand through Operation 400 Hands, a full day of pro-bono landscaping that takes place in December to assist local charities in need of professional landscaping work that they otherwise could not afford.

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Industry Spotlight: C & C Technologies

C & C Technologies began operations in 1995 building an impressive client base through hard work and top quality standards. Specializing in environmental chamber refurbishing and calibration and environmental test labs, David Clem and his son Travis, strive to meet all of their client’s needs.

C & C Technologies provides a multitude of services including:

  • On and off site chamber calibration
  • Preventative equipment maintenance
  • Refurbished environmental chamber sales
  • Scientific equipment and refrigeration repair
  • Fully equipped environmental testing lab (A2LA accredited)
  • Thermal shock and ESS system service

RTI International, SONY, GE, TE Connectivity and LORD are just a few of the impressive clients C & C Technologies services. With a vast knowledge of equipment and environmental testing, this Apex business will continue to provide great service to all of their clients.

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Industry Spotlight: Allied Automation

Established in 1989, Allied Automation provides customized automation equipment to Original Equipment Manufacturers throughout many industry sectors. By focusing on custom engineering and design, Allied Automation is a one-stop-shop for system integration. They offer services ranging from product conceptualization to machine design all the way to complete in-house fabrication and assemblage. Allied Automation works with many partners in the medical device, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automotive, consumer products and electrical and industrial industries. Allied Automation’s 18,000 sf facility on Investment Boulevard houses an array of capabilities such as 3-D design simulation, multiple testing systems, product assembly and cleanroom equipment.

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Industry Spotlight: SPS Corporation

SPS Corporation has been in Apex, NC for over 25 years and specializes in Exterior Glazing Systems and Exterior Metal Panel Wall Systems. Originating from Fort Wayne, Indiana, SPS Corporation has positioned themselves as a leader in the construction industry as the 15th largest specialty glass contractor in the United States. The company’s close attention to detail and emphasis on customer satisfaction has resulted in multiple Eagle Awards for projects such as UNC Cancer Center, Novartis in Holly Springs, UNCC Center City and Duke Cancer Hospital in Durham. In fact, next time you head over to Bank of America Stadium to see the Carolina Panthers play, you can admire SPS Corporation’s hard work on the massive scoreboard expansion where they completed 51,000 sf of SPS Wet Seal Aluminum Composite Panel System. SPS Corporation also provides other services such as estimates and design build budgets and in house engineering and fabrication.

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Industry Spotlight: Tipper Tie

Tipper Tie, headquartered right here in Apex, is a well-established brand around the world. A Dover company, Tipper Tie has a huge global manufacturing presence. The company began in 1952 with the idea of creating labor-saving clips for meat casings but has expanded, over the years, to include much more. Tipper Tie now focuses on engineering and product development in the food processing, packaging and automation industries as well as being a trusted partner in the manufacturing of packaged explosives, adhesives, sealants and other industrial products. The company’s focus on smart affordable manufacturing design, easy to use machinery, and a constant assessment of hygiene standards for food safety consistantly places them as a leader in the food processing industry. Within the food industry, Tipper Tie’s main concentration is on food, baked goods, dairy, fish and seafood, petfood, poultry, meat, sausage and other human foods.

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