KSTP am1500: Patrick Reusse and Co. - Interview with Boris on November 3, 2009

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Thank You

Greetings Boris. We sincerely appreciate your work behind the scenes to make this Sister City exchange a possibility and such an amazing adventure. Mayor Dobos and the Council from Beli Manastir welcomed us with open arms and the signing ceremony was just wonderful. We came away from Beli Manastir with a much better understanding of the economic development challenges they face, yet see their deep pride and true resiliency in their community. Your passion for your company and Croatia are very apparent. Your mother was a joy and it was so wonderful to meet her. The City of Cambridge looks forward to hosting a delegation from Beli Manastir and sharing with them our area's resources and heritage. We are working on finding a US distributor for the Belje wines at our local Northbound Liquor Store so we can begin sharing the fine Croatian wines with Minnesotans. Our team also wants you to know just how amazing your Coretec employees are! They gave so freely of their time to help us learn about Beli Manastir and Croatia while we were there. It was deeply appreciated and made this trip so productive and memorable.

Greetings Tim. I hope all is well with you. I sincerely want to thank you again for being such a gracious travel companion and guiding us throughout our travels! Seeing Eco Coretec was amazing. Our trip to Croatia was exhilarating and information filled. We sincerely appreciate all the efforts from Ivana, Anna, Ivan, Diana, and Predrag to make us feel welcome and provide such wonderful Croatian to English translations. Stan, Joe, and I have come away with an amazing appreciation for all that Coretec provides not only in Cambridge but throughout the world.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Words can't express how grateful I am for the opportunity to build this Sister City relationship!!

Lynda Woulfe, City Administrator
City of Cambridge

17/11/2016 11:00:38 

Croatia and USA Strengthening Connections! Sistership Between Beli Manastir and Cambridge, MN

We are more than proud to announce that the City of Beli Manastir located in the region of Baranja, Croatia and City of Cambridge, Minnesota will be joined in sister city organization. City leaders have strongly supported this initiative and therefore a formal signing ceremony of proclamation of sistership between two cities will take place in Beli Manastir during celebration of "Day of the City" on Friday, November 11th, 2016.

The sistership of two cities was initiated by President/CEO of Cortec® Corporation Mr. Boris Miksic. EcoCortec®- one of the most advanced bioplastics plants in Europe is part of Cortec® Corporation Group and is located in Beli Manastir, Croatia. This connection is the result of long-term successful businesses of Cortec®'s manufacturing facilities, EcoCortec® in Beli Manastir and Cortec® Advanced Films in Cambridge, MN. The idea of sistership occurred from the fact that both Cortec®'s plants greatly contribute to their local economies and communities.

The concept of establishing cooperation between cities in the form of sistership is very developed worldwide as a way of promoting economic, human, cultural, educational, and commercial relations between nations. This type of city connection is valuable in encouraging a better mutual understanding, which makes an excellent base for more structured functioning of local community and strengthening its development strategies.

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The bright future!

26/07/2016 10:12:03 

Croatian bioplastics plant celebrates 10th anniversary

In 2006, Croatian-American entrepreneur Boris Miksic decided it was time to take a chance.

Having emigrated to the United States, where he set up a highly successful business called Cortec Corporation, for his next venture he returned to his native country of Croatia.

EcoCortecIn 2006, he launched the EcoCortec project with a greenfield investment in Croatia.

And from these modest beginnings, the business has grown and flourished.

EcoCortec is a special project for Miksic. As he explains: "At one point I felt it was the right time to the transfer my rich business experience to Croatia and start this journey.

After 10 years I can safely say not only that I was right but that EcoCortec has exceeded all of my expectations!"

Today the plant has evolved in one of the most modern European manufacturers of environmentally safe films for corrosion protection.

The company has shown continuous growth -the result, says Miksic, of its innovative technology, combined with high efficiency products with environmentally safe properties.

"We have excellent people, from managers, engineers to production workers,"Miksic noted.v "Our team proves that Croatia can provide 'know how' technology and its professionals can compete everywhere in the world."

For Miksic, EcoCortec is a Croatian story of business excellence that, he says,"will break world boundaries".[READ MORE]

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Joakim Dock

Dear Ines and Boris.

Christmas is on it's way and we would like to send you a Christmas greating from all of us with some nice pictures from our visit in Sarasota. It's really great memories for all of us.

Thanks again!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!

Joakim & Josephine and the boys

14/12/2015 09:45:12 

Cortec's 1st Edition of "VpCI® Technology Handbook" Now Available!

Publisher, Cortec® Corporation and author, Boris Miksic FNACE, have the pleasure to announce the 1st Edition of "VpCI® Technology Handbook". This manual compiles years of research and testing that provide valuable information on Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor technology and solutions to fight corrosion."I never realized how much good research has been generated since our modest beginnings 37 years ago", says book author and Cortec's President/CEO Boris Miksic.

The new"VpCI® Technology Handbook" is assembled into two volumes, with over 1200 pages of case studies, testing, publications, case histories, products, and more supporting evidence of the efficacy of the VpCI® technology.

For over 150 years, corrosion and the degradation of metals and nonmetallic materials has been the subject of heavy scientific studies. Corrosion has a great impact on the safety and reliability of an extremely wide range of industries, such as energy production, transportation, biomedical engineering, water distribution and sewerage, electronics, and nanotechnology. In economic terms, the corrosion phenomenon, can greatly affect a nation's Gross Domestic Product. According to A study by CC Technologies Laboratories, from 1999 to 2001 the total annual estimated cost of corrosion in the United States was estimated at $276 billion, equal to approximately 3.1% of the nation's GDP. Corrosion also affects military and national infrastructures.[READ MORE]

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American Dreamer

Armed with only an expired passport and cross-country skis, Boris Miksic made a daring escape from his homeland, Croatia, in early 1974.

Miksic, who joined fellow college students in anti-communist protests against Yugoslavia, the ruling republic over Croatia, skied his way to freedom in Austria. The biggest delay: avoiding landmines. Once in Austria, Miksic reunited with his then-pregnant wife, Olga, who also fled Croatia. The couple sold their car for $400 in Austria, money they used for one-way plane tickets to the United States. They had $37 left after paying for the tickets.

Those were the early days of what has since become a 40-year business odyssey that’s taken Miksic from New York to Minnesota to Manatee County. There was also the stop along the way to run for president for Croatia.

“Boris has always had a determination to control his own destiny,” says Eric Haugen, a Minneapolis patent attorney who has worked with Miksic for years. “There is a sprit in him that led him to come to America, and he’s never laid back and become comfortable, despite his successes.”

The heart of the Miksic business story is Cortec Corp., which manufactures and supplies corrosion protection chemicals for a variety of construction-related and industrial businesses. Miksic founded Cortec in his garage in St. Paul, Minn., in 1977. It has since grown to eight locations worldwide, from Canada to Brazil, with around 300 employees and more than $100 million in sales. Miksic won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Minnesota in 2000 for Cortec’s growth.

Even with that success, Miksic, 65, isn’t ready to coast into retirement. Instead, he will spend at least $10 million to open the Cortec Biotechnology Campus in a Manatee County industrial park, a few miles north of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

The facility, in a 33,335-square-foot building, will be a manufacturing plant for some of the firm’s patented products. It will also be a distribution center, Miksic says, for Cortec clients in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean. Miksic expects to hire at least 50 people, a mix of engineers, chemists and IT personnel, to staff the facility. He projects it will open early next year after a test phase later this year.[READ MORE]

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"Lady Bavarkica" Bentley Raced LeMans Race Like There's No Tomorrow!

Boris Miksic owner of EcoCortec d.o.o. has been invited by Bentley Motors to the inaugural event "Back to LeMans, Back to Racing". Over the history of the 24 hours of LeMans, Bentley motorcars won this endurance race more times than any other brand. Recently Ines Miksic took the delivery of her Bentley Continental GTC Speed Convertible at Bentley of Munich dealership as a birthday gift. The car was commissioned by Bentley Motors as "Lady Bavarkica" in honor of her Bavarian heritage and her husband ordered her car in Neptune blue color symbolizing the legendary blue color of Bavarian skies (and her eyes).

Due to traffic congestion around Mulsanne Ines and I lost connection with the Bentley convoy as we were approaching the race track. All of a sudden we were surrounded with a bunch of race cars mostly Ferraris, Lamborghinis and occasional Ford GT and MacLaren. The noise around was so intense as the drivers in their helmets were revving up their engines, so we could not ask where were the rest of the Bentleys. Our GTC Speed was the only Bentley in the crowd of racers that were way too serious for this event and there was no shortage of adrenaline. Once the gate to the track opened the hell broke loose as those "maniacs" catapulted as this was a real 24 hours of LeMans race. All of a sudden my adrenaline kicked in so I decided to put our 635 horses to work tuta forca! MacLaren next to us worth several million euros was quite annoying with high pitch sound of its racing engine so I decided to show him how GTC can "kick but".

There was a chaos around us with crazy Ferraris, Lotuses, Porches racing like there's no tomorrow. As it was raining quite heavily, I decided to use the power of W12 in straight stretches and inside track in sharp curves as our GTC was much heavier than MacLaren. At one point during second circle a black Porche catapulted out of nowhere between us probably topping over 250 km/h while we were pacing at 220. I thought for a second the Porsche driver was a bit out of control but my eyes were on MacLaren trying to keep pace with the legendary race car. [READ MORE]

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Cortec Corporation Moves Part of its Organization to Manatee County

MANATEE -- A Croatian businessman known for a nearly successful run for the presidency of his home nation has purchased a Parkland Center industrial building and is bringing part of his Minnesota-based chemical manufacturing business to Manatee County.

Boris Miksic, the chairman, president and CEO of anti-corrosion product manufacturer Cortec Corporation, purchased a 32,553-square foot building at 2420 Trailmate Drive for $1.4 million on May 15. The seller was 2420 Trailmate LLC, a company managed by Palmetto real estate investor Peter VanDerNoord.

Miksic said he plans to make the building a future site of a Cortec biotechnology campus. The campus will employ at least 50 people after it opens this August. Currently, more than 200 people work for Cortec in the United States and Croatia.

A U.S. resident since fleeing Yugoslavia in the early 1970s, Miksic has worked in the chemical engineering field for most of his career. According to his website, borismiksic.net, he settled in Minnesota and founded his own technology company, Cortec.

He sold that company to Sealed Air Corporation in 1984, but got it back in a leveraged buyout in 1988.

"Four years later, I had the sense to buy it back," Miksic said.

Cortec's annual revenues exceed $100 million, he said.

Cortec Corporation manufactures and sells a line of corrosion inhibitors and other chemicals used in industries, including packaging, metal working and construction. Miksic said the Manatee County Cortec campus will house an office, a manufacturing facility, a warehouse and two laboratories for biotechnology and marine corrosion research. [READ MORE]

26/05/2014 09:46:26  pdf >>

Congratulations Boris Miksic, Member #157330, on forty years of membership with NACE!

It was January 1, 1974 that Mr. Boris Miksic joined NACE, the world's largest Corrosion Society with over 30,000 members from all over the world. During his forty years, Boris has contributed to the organization in many ways including attending all NACE National meetings since 1975, exhibiting on behalf of Cortec Corporation at all NACE Expo's since 1976, along with attending many regional meetings and conferences including India, Middle East, Australia, China, LatinCorr, and the European Corrosion Conference and Expo. He has made many friends along the way such as Robert Legault,Professor Bavarian, Harry Byers, John Trim, Roger Staehle, Terry May, Ernie Kletchka, Hartley Duncan and Pete Rossy.

During his 40 years as a NACE member, Mr. Miksic has built one of the largest privately held corrosion protection companies in the world, Cortec® Corporation. Without a single dollar from outside investment, Cortec® has grown into four plants in the United States, one in Canada, and one in Europe, with operations in 96 countries. He holds 43 US and foreign patents in the field of corrosion protection, which have been developed into the most advanced line of corrosion inhibitors, consisting of over 500 chemical products and systems. Boris has had 150 Publications in international technical magazines and seminars and has been compiling for years, the definitive manual, "Preservation, Lay-up, and Mothballing Handbook" for Equipment and Plants, in its 3rd edition, which is now over 971 pages.

NACE has recognized Boris throughout the past for his dedication and service to the field of corrosion protection. He has been commended with the following NACE awards: NACE Fellow (2000), NACE International Distinguished Organization Award and the NACE International Frank Newman Speller Award for contributions to the practice of corrosion engineering both at CORROSION/2004, and the Readers' Choice Award, Materials Performance Magazine (NACE), 2013.

Boris has had an impact on the corrosion control culture by serving as the Chairman of NACE Symposia on Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors (VCI's) 1976, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1994 and 1997; Chairman of NACE Task Groups T-3A-4, T-3A-12, and T-5J-2; and Officer of the Twin City Chapter of NACE (1985/1986). As a contributor to the NACE Handbook on Corrosion Inhibitors (1989), with initiated efforts sponsored by Unit Committee T-3A, which resulted in consensus approval of NACE RP0487-
2000 a Recommended Practice: "Considerations in the Selection and Evaluation of Rust Preventives and Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors for Interim (Temporary) Corrosion Protection". He has had 14 papers presented at NACE technical and research symposia's, 9 papers published in Materials Performance Magazine, and 1 paper published in Corrosion Magazine. He has been the invited lecturer to many NACE Chapters: Twin Cities (4), Greater Boston MA (3), LatinCorr (3), International Chinese Anti- Corrosion Conference (3), Chicago IL (2), Lafayette LA, Ponca City OK, Corpus Christi and Beaumont TX, Detroit MI, Northern Indiana, Dammam Saudi Arabia, North Central Regional Ines and Boris receiving the 2013 Reader's Choice Award, Materials Performance Magazine. Meetings in Minneapolis MN and Columbus OH, the Australian Corrosion Society Sydney, Technology Institute Moscow, JETRO Tokyo, and the NACE India Section Mumbai.

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Cortec Receives The Materials Performance Reader's Choice Innovation of the Year Award!

Cortec is the recipient of a 2013 MP Readers' Choice Innovation of the Year Award for our PTC Emitters. The award recognizes Cortec's development of this innovative, environmentally friendly, corrosion-inhibiting product. Boris Miksic, President/CEO of Cortec, was presented the trophy during the NACE CORROSION 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida on March 18th. [READ MORE] ...

19/03/2013 16:12:30  pdf >>

Cortec's Journey

From the Garage to A World Leader!

"Have you ever told yourself that one day you would tell off your boss and start from the beginning, building your own dream? Boris Miksic is one of the relative few who made that dream come true for him when he quit his job and that same year started his own company."- Dan Heilman, Twin Cities Business Magazine, January 2012.

He moved to United States from his native Croatia in 1974 - a result he says of being blacklisted from finding work as an engineer due to his participation in anti-Communist rallies. He wound up in Minnesota. After some time in and out of the corporate world, Miksic decided to launch his own business, starting at ground zero. [READ MORE]

04/09/2012 16:16:16  pdf >>

Global Ambitions

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04/01/2012 07:05:55 

Doing business in India

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Croatian Eco Plants - founded an Eco-Cluster!

On September 16, 2011, the Day of Open Doors was held, jointly organized by two eco-companies- EcoCortec and Eco Vrelo. The event took place inside of the facilities in Beli Manastir. The board was very pleased to host a large number of guests, among whom were business partners from Croatia and Europe, as well as relevant entrepreneurs and representatives of local and regional governments.

On this occasion, the Charter establishing the Eco-cluster was signed, by the co-founders of the two companies, with support of the City of Beli Manastir. The Charter was signed by, Boris Miksic, CEO of EcoCortec, Nevenka Topic, co-owner and director of Eco Vrelo,and the Mayor of Beli Manastir, Ivan Dobos.They expressed their hope that in the near future other companies that are environmentally conscious will join them. The goal of Eco-cluster is the promotion of environmentally friendly products such as biodegradable packaging and natural organic juices.After the opening speeches and signing ceremony, the management took the guests on a tour of the facilities followed by a presentation of current corporate actions and future plans.

Boris Miksic with wife Ines and EcoCortec team.

Boris Miksic pointed out that this regional area needs this kind of cluster, which focuses on ecological, organic production and export.- 'We are in a full production for already four years, we have completed a second phase of expansion in which we have invested 3.5 million kunas, and soon we will build a new production hall in size of 5,000 square meters which will enable us to become one of the largest manufacturers of biodegradable plastics in Europe' - said Mr. Miksic, adding that in ecology, there is a synergy. Eko Vrelo will have their eco-friendly products packed in our biodegradable packaging and we will use the samples produced in Eco Vrelo.

What brings these two plants together is definitely the export-oriented, organic production as well as investments in new technologies, using environmentally friendly products which can become a Croatian brand and greatly increase the image of Croatia throughout Europe and worldwide. They are characterized by strong vision of the investment, which followed by top patents, guarantees success in the global market. The founders of the cluster are also hoping to also be supported by state government, because such economical projects are greatly needed in Croatia.


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Sporazum s Hrvatskom!

Contract with Croatia

 
American Dream: A Guy From Croatia

 

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia

"With $37 in our pockets and much apprehension in our hearts, we flew toward our future. We had no time to think what lay ahead because the future conies to soon anyhow."

American Dream: A Guy From Croatia is the exciting saga of a man who fled his home country with nothing but change in his pockets and built a successful company with determination and guts in America. It's a story of business savvy and risk taking that will arouse the entrepreneurial spirit in every reader.

"When he arrived in the United States, Boris Miksic brought along energy, intelligence and determination. But also a dream. He was the Croatian gift to America. Today, as a successful entrepreneur, he is the American gift to Croatia."

— Governor Rudy Perpich


http://www.americandreamguyfromcroatia.com/


Movie: When the Dead Vote

 


When the Dead Vote, Filmmind & Capistrano in cooperation with PBS


Movie: How to Kill Miksic

 


How to kill Miksic, spaghetti western movie by Z Television


Around the World by Private Jet

 


Our around the World Expedition by the National Geographic Society


Galapagos Islands

 


Our Galapagos Expedition by National Geography Society

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