Category Archive: Business Profile

Building tanks, more at Hydro Composites

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STOCKDALE, TX – “I’m in the aquaculture industry because it is ingrained in my heart and mind,” says Chris Mills, sole owner and managing member of Hydro Composites LLC (Hydro). His company, a custom fiberglass manufacturing and fabrication shop housed in a 9,000-square-foot building here on a six-acre site about 52 miles southeast of San …

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A trip to the Ozarks to visit Neosho National Fish Hatchery

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by Bob Robinson  NEOSHO, MO — Nestled into this scenic southwest corner of Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks is a shining star. A landmark US Fish and Wildlife Service facility known as the Neosho National Fish Hatchery (NFH). This facility is the oldest continuously operating national hatchery in the entire US, providing fish …

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Quality people, custom fabrication keys to success for Wisconsin Flowgate and Culvert

Fish Farming Business Profile WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI – If you have a fish pond there’s a good chance you have already done business with Wisconsin Flowgate – if you haven’t yet, you probably will. This family-owned business, situated in rural central Wisconsin about an hour south of Wausau, is the industry’s go-to source for a …

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Jim Dartez and Reliant Water Technologies: Familiar face behind new products, new ideas

NEW ORLEANS, LA – If you mention Jim Dartez’s name in aquaculture circles the most likely response is, “Sure, Royce Instruments,” the company Dartez owned and was often the public face of from the mid- 1980s until he sold the business to ITT Industries in 2002. In fact, even after selling the business, Dartez’s involvement …

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Tough wire, for the toughest conditions: Meet Jim Knott Sr. and Riverdale Mills

NORTHBRIDGE, MA – In New England, where Fish Farming News is based, Riverdale Mills is known first and foremost as the leading supplier of PVCcoated wire used to build lobster traps for the commercial fishing industry. It is a key component of the company’s business. Founded in 1979 by James M. Knott Sr., who continues …

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Behind the scenes at Air-O-Lator

KANSAS CITY, MO – A fixture on fish farms and at industry trade shows for some 40 years, Air-O-Lator Corporation is a leading manufacturer of water and wastewater equipment for aquaculture and other applications. Fish farmers may be most familiar with the company’s line of floating aerators, floating and non-floating fountains, or mixers and aspirating …

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Growers Supply does structures, systems, more Providing structures, systems, training for aquaculture, hydroponics, and much more

DYERSVILLE, IA – Like many, if not most, suppliers serving the US aquaculture industry, the founders of Growers Supply came from non-fish farming backgrounds when they launched their company back in the early 1980s. Barry Goldsher was born and raised on a farm where he tended to poultry, beef, hogs, fruits, and vegetables. He has …

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