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Calgary’s Hidden Success Stories • Manufacturing

Plains Fabrication is a steel manufacturer and fabricator that sells products such as pressure vessels, skid packages and piping. Photo courtesy of Plains Fabrication & Supply

Calgary’s Hidden Success Stories Manufacturing companies don’t always get the recognition they deserve, but this thriving sector has many achievements and stories to tell BY DEREK SANKEY

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n 2003, Nemalux Inc. started with a $15,000 line of credit loan. The profits from each job since have been reinvested into this industrial and commercial light-emitting diode (LED) lighting manufacturer in Calgary. Company president Jode Himann says it has been a long process in building the company to what it is today and it was only accomplished through sheer hard work and determination. “Owning and managing a technical manufacturing company in Canada is not without daily setbacks,” Himann says. “There are major human obstacles in one of the world’s most competitive industries – lighting – as well as the very interesting international sales dynamic for expansion into different countries and cultures. There is a long list of frustrations and successes that happen as a daily routine.” The main challenge throughout the history of building the 22 • November 2011 BUSINESS IN CALGARY | www.businessincalgary.com

company is that Himann and his team have decided not to accept outside investment, preferring to grow organically instead. “This forces Nemalux to create real value and a solid foundation,” he says. “This decision to take the ‘hard way’ of growing a company requires vast knowledge of the industry, stress management, financial savvy, mental fortitude and moral fibre that is what true entrepreneurship is all about.” Currently, Nemalux has a 6,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 9th Avenue in downtown Calgary. It is one of numerous manufacturers operating in all facets of business throughout the city, exporting to markets around the world and right here at home. Plains Fabrication, for example, is a steel manufacturer and fabricator that sells its array of products, such as pressure vessels, skid packages and piping, to the oil and gas

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