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Optic Arts wants to eliminate the complexity involved in installing flexible LED products and fixtures.
By Jim Harris

Optic Arts knows that flexible LED lighting, by nature, can be challenging for contractors to work with. It can require  extra effort to install, including the need to sometimes be cut in the field to fit an application.

The Monterey Park, Calif.-based manufacturer’s customizable LED products can help contractors overcome this challenge. “We want to build products that are easy to design with and easy to install,” CEO Jason Mullen says. “Removing complexity and making a custom product that is easy to use is what we live for.”

Anderson Hydra copyAs the only American manufacturer of under-bridge access platforms, Anderson Hydra Platforms provides the safest and most efficient under-bridge access available.
By Bianca Herron

After Pat Dandridge acquired Anderson Hydra Platforms (AHP) in 2014, his goal was to deliver the safest, most reliable and cost-effective piece of equipment for under-bridge access for inspection, construction and repair anywhere in the world. Dandridge also aimed to improve the customer experience with the York, S.C.-based company.

“I know that few projects are more complicated than under-bridge repair, upfit, restoration or maintenance,” CEO Dandridge explains. “The time and money spent on traditional scaffolding alone can make or break the profitability of the project. Even the slightest miscalculation could result in an enormous loss of profit or worse, human life.”

Mg0 Systems picMgO Systems was born of a need for safer and greener building materials.
By Jim Harris

In 2010, MgO Systems founder and CEO Todd McKay discovered the materials used to build his house were highly flammable in the worst way possible when his home burned down shortly before Christmas.

“Fortunately, it happened during the day; otherwise his family may have perished because they had less than 10 minutes to get out of the house,” MgO Systems CFO Jim Pendergast says. “There was nothing the fire department could do because it started in the garage, where there were a lot of flammable items; once the fire caught there, it raged.”

Barrel Mover 5000Kentucky native Kyle Ruby invented the BarrelMover 5000 to keep highway crews safe in work zones.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

In its most recent report, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration estimates there were 96,626 crashes in work zones in 2015. On average, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes. Seventy work zone crashes occurred every day that resulted in at least one injury and 12 work zone crashes happened every week that resulted in at least one fatality. 

Drill King picDrill King International (DKI) aims to become a leading manufacturer of integrated drilling tools and innovative solutions.

By Bianca Herron

DKI is a U.S. manufacturer specializing in high-performance drilling tools serving the oil and gas, civil and construction, geotechnical-geothermal, mining, tunneling, and water well in more than 80 countries.

The Texas-based company, founded in 2004, has decades of experience among its leadership. According to, Partner and Vice President of Business Development Shane Deerman, DKI has aggressively grown by recruiting “seasoned” industry veterans since its launch. Deerman along with several colleagues, each bring more than 20 years of industry experience and expertise.

“Our president, Larry Broseh, has over 35 years of industry experience, and our operations manager and engineering team has decades of industry experience as well,” he says. “So even though we’re a young company, we’ve pulled together a team that already knew the playbook of the industry.”

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