Company Profile

Cascade Engineering

Specializes in large-part plastic injection molding for a variety of industries.

Christina Keller
Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Engineering
Year Founded
1973
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Leadership
Christina Keller
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Engineering (2020)

This female-run plastic-mold-injection manufacturer and certified B Corp has racked up accolades for its commitment to making plastics environmentally sustainable. An early adopter of antiracist hiring and management practices, Cascade has also become a community leader in equitability--even hiring professional actors from Grand Rapids, Michigan, for regular, instructional reenactments of racial bias occurring at the company. The company recruits from nontraditional talent pools, including the young and the formerly incarcerated, to populate its staff, now at 800-plus workers.

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Opentrons

Creates robots to automate experiments, improving collaboration between scientists and allowing them more time to pursue important research questions.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Engineering
Year Founded
2014
Location
Brooklyn, New York
Leadership
Will Canine, Jon Brennan-BadalChiu Chau
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Engineering (2020)

Shortly after the initial Covid-19 outbreak, Opentrons stepped up to fill the gap in testing, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The company partnered with leading scientists and municipal leaders in New York City to open a dedicated testing lab designed to speed up delayed testing results that dramatically reduce the efficacy of tracing and isolation efforts. The lab has run more than two million tests and helped drive down the price per test by over 70 percent, according to the company.

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Velentium

Specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of intelligent products and automated test systems, with a focus on medical devices.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Health
Year Founded
2012
Location
Katy, Texas
Leadership
Dan Purvis
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. 5000 Regionals: Texas
No. 117 (2021)
Inc. Best in Business
Health (2020)

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Velentium revamped its entire operation in four weeks, allowing Ventec Life Systems—a longstanding client—to partner with General Motors, bringing ventilator production from 200 per month to 10,000 per month. Additionally, in the past 12 months, Velentium's team has been involved in developing devices that enable those with paralysis to walk, help those who suffer from memory issues to regain memory function, give the physically locked-in a voice, and provide relief to people with chronic pain.

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Inc. 5000
No. 1424 (2021), No. 2500 (2020)

Aclima

Measures and analyzes air pollution and greenhouse gases worldwide with its sensor network and cloud-based software, enabling reductions in emissions and promoting public health.

Davida Herzl, CEO and co-founder of Aclima
Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Environmental Services
Year Founded
2007
Location
San Francisco, California
Leadership
Davida Herzl, Meghan Thurlow, Melissa Lunden
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Environmental Services (2020)

Aclima’s hyperlocal air quality measurements have helped West Coast communities respond to a record-breaking year for wildfires as well as lead emissions reduction plans for cleaner air for all communities. The recently certified Public Benefit Corporation works together with air quality regulators and local environmental justice advocates, including West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and Mothers Out Front, to improve public health. This year, it launched free online interactive air quality reports in West Oakland, Richmond–San Pablo, and the San Diego portside area. Women and people of color occupy more than half of the company's leadership positions.

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TerraCycle

A waste management company partnering with consumer product companies, retailers, and municipalities to recycle often hard-to-recycle products and packages.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Environmental Services
Year Founded
2003
Location
Trenton, New Jersey
Leadership
Tom Szaky
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. 5000 Regionals: New York
No. 93 (2021)
Inc. Best in Business
Environmental Services (2020)

TerraCycle has helped change people’s relationship with waste by offering free national recycling programs around the world, with companies including PepsiCo and Bic, to help consumers recycle hard-to-recycle products. Just over a year after launching it’s newest initiative, Loop, a global shopping platform aimed at eliminating waste by partnering with brands and retailers to convert the packaging of household products from single-use to refillable designs, TerraCycle has partnered with companies including Ulta, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Tim Horton’s. In September 2020, Loop expanded and is now available across the contiguous 48 United States, the U.K., and France.

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Inc. 5000
No. 2475 (2020), No. 4112 (2019), No. 1302 (2012), No. 928 (2011), No. 768 (2010), No. 288 (2009)