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A lot of small, locally owned businesses — some of which had been around for decades — fell victim to the relentless downward pull of the last recession. For others, however, the economic slump from which the state is slowly recovering was just another in a series of challenges they have faced and conquered over the years. They have done it through a combination of determination, adaptability, customer loyalty, and — sometimes — a bit of old-fashioned luck.
Here are profiles of three venerable companies that continue to prosper in the 21st century.