Interviews By Category: "Industrial"
Tom Amoruso was going nowhere with his small construction company. He thought he was changing jobs to sell shelving, but he ultimately decided he could do better on his own. Today, Tom’s Shelving Concepts designs and manufactures American-made commercial steel shelving and is on course to grow 30 percent this year.
Why can’t the “Whole Foods” concept be applied to the building industry? That question prompted Zach House and Scott Kuryak to take matters into their own hands. Russ interviews Zach House, co-founder of House+Earth, a green building materials retailer: “For the home you live in. And the home you live on.” House+Earth offers high-performing, eco-friendly and rapidly-renewable products, many of which are artisan made. And it’s not just a business, it’s a philosophy. Read their blogs!
As a child, Phil Miner watched his entrepreneur father build his business. As an adult, he gave into the “calling” to launch his own company. In the course of 17 years, Miner has never had an unprofitable quarter. Russ interviews the founder and chairman of Miner Holding Co., which offers a single point of contact for emergency repair service and planned maintenance support nationwide. Miner Holding Co. services “Docks, Doors & More,” promising to keep clients’ products moving through the warehouse and out the front door.
It’s the classic “started the company in his garage” story of American entrepreneurship; his wife ran the bookkeeping. He has stayed at the helm of his company for 30 years, kept it a private enterprise; his wife is still the company bookkeeper. Along the way, he founded non-profit America in Recovery Inc., and began hiring “unemployables,” including recovering alcoholics, ex-offenders, the disabled and “old people.” It’s created an amazing work environment with employees who are more loyal and productive than he ever expected. And it’s created an incredibly inspiring story.
The BusinessMakers talk with the founders and owners of Kilgore Industries.
Hear key parts of this fascinating story of how a high school dropout who for awhile lived on food stamps, and then went on to start and operate her very successful company. Listen to Tara Jean Hart, Founder and CEO of The Compliance Alliance.
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