From the editor – Polished gems in our midst are result of innovation

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 :: Editor
Margaret LeBrun
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

As a reader of Insight, you know  that the New North region is home to a wealth of industries producing products and services that touch the everyday lives of people nationwide and even globally. Open your refrigerator or pantry, hop in your car, handle paper and packaging — so many things we take for granted, especially ingredients and components of these and many other items — have come through companies in our own backyard. We have a lot of gems to be proud of here.

So it is with Galloway Company. The household brands for which the Neenah company produces its products are top secret (many of them are competitors with each other), but I’ll bet if you started your day with cream in your coffee, indulged in a sweet treat during the day or popular liqueur in the evening, what you consumed has come through the steel pipes and intricate processes at Galloway.

What started as a milk products company in the 1930s has evolved into a highly-specialized ingredients company with continuous innovation a key to its success. Galloway owns several patents for its innovations that have increased efficiency, and thus, production. Some of these have become standard features in the dairy industry as a whole. Check out our cover story by Senior Associate Editor Sean Johnson to learn more.

As global competition heats up and profit margins become thinner than ever, companies that strive for success make innovation a top priority. This commitment to research and development — combined with risk-taking, since not every great idea will contribute to the bottom line — that sets progressive companies apart.

Apply for Innovation Awards by Feb. 27

We at Insight are proud to shine the spotlight on companies that do exemplary work. To that end, our second annual Insight Innovation Awards contest is now under way.

Do you know a company committed to innovation? We invite you to nominate that company; we’ll follow up and encourage its leaders to apply. Better still, is your company doing innovative work in terms of products, human resources, processes or even planet-friendly initiatives? We encourage you to fill out an application by the deadline by the end of this month.

To nominate or apply for the Insight Innovation Awards, click here. Winners will be announced at our THINC! event (Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference) on May 19 at UW-Fox Valley in Menasha.

InDevelopment event set March 12

For the sixth year, Insight is hosting InDevelopment, an event designed to bring commercial real estate and economic development professionals in the same room to share information about where the action is in Northeast Wisconsin.

We’ve decided to shake things up a bit this year and condense the program into a mid-afternoon/early evening event, with a shorter program and heavy emphasis on networking.

InDevelopment 2015 will be held from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 12 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay. Our keynote, T.J. Brooks, comes highly recommended as an entertaining and informative speaker on economic trends. Check out our Connections feature for details. The event is open to the public for $35. I hope to you there!

Margaret LeBrun

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