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W.B. “Bev” Shouldice sat down with Jesse Besser one day back in the 1950s. The two men had more in common than living in cold climates. After all, Shouldice lived in Shallow Lake, Ontario. Besser ran the blockmaking equipment manufacturer based in Alpena, Mich., on the opposite shore of Lake Huron from Shouldice. Half a century later, Shouldice continues its tradition and is preparing to buy more Besser equipment for a fifth operation.