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Company name: Intelligrated, Inc .
City, State : Mason, Ohio
Private or public company : Private
Founded: 2001
Number of Employees: 440 at field offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New Jersey
CEO /President: Chris Cole, Jim McCarthy
Web site address: www.intelligrated.com
What they manufacture: Material handling products.

The Innovation Way

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The driveway of Intelligrated, Inc.'s new headquarters in Mason could have been named Intelligrated Way if the company had wanted, but CEO Chris Cole says it decided to stay with the name the street already had: Innovation Way.

"We chose to stay with Innovation because we liked it," he says. After all, innovation is key in the company's philosophy. Since it opened in September 2001, Intelligrated has created several new products that allow customers to transport and sort their products more quickly.

That innovation along with great customer relationships have helped Intelligrated, which started as a 17-employee business in a small rental space in Blue Ash, become an enterprise with four field offices across the nation, a manufacturing plant in London, Ohio that opened in 2002, and around 440 employees.

"We were able to get the very best people in the industry as some of our competitors were downsizing due to the economy," Cole says. "We got some great products and were able to attract some of the best customers."

Cole says he knew when he started the business that customers should come first and receive the best service.

Intelligrated has been able to establish long-term relationships with customers such as Staples, Macy's, Lowe's, Big Lots and Johnson & Johnson, and have grown as they have prospered.