Hotrod & Restoration

January/February '13

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n n n n Question OF THE Month "What are your business goals for 2013? How do you plan to achieve them?" "We will be growing by a comfortable 15 percent in 2013. We will be doing work for two more major corporate customers this year as well as working with our suppliers to cut costs. We are also going to be signing a deal with a major international magazine as their sole custom shop, which will put us worldwide instead of just doing business in North America. So all said and done, we should be able to gain another $2 million in sales over this year as a group of companies." "[My goals are] to grow as a business, to work smarter, to choose work wiser rather than just [do] whatever [and] to do the finest cars I can possibly do for my customers." — Jeff Savage Jeff Savage Auto Refinishing Brownsburg, Indiana — Rick Francoeur 360 Fabrication Inc. Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada "[I plan] to increase profitability to manage costs and upsell by incentivizing our employees with a profitsharing program." — Tom Sweeten "My plan for the future is to continue to offer the highest quality work and service that I possibly can to my customers. I have recently moved into classic car mechanical repairs and creature comfort installations in order to increase our work flow, which has served to keep my crew busy and has helped to increase shop income. My plan for 2013 is to continue to expand the realm of services that I offer in order to better serve the custom and classic car marketplace." — Bob Alford Pro Street Customs Inc. Orlando, Florida "[My goals are to do] more custom interior jobs, [have] vehicles with my interiors at SEMA, [get] magazine cover feature [and have a] SEMA booth with my shop vehicle in it." Sterling Hot Rods Sterling, Virginia "For 2013, I hope to shift our two-tier method of working. Our current priority seems to be daily work/quick turnaround jobs. Full interior, project builds and restoration projects have to be fit in around the daily schedule. This has become the norm due to fears of our national economic condition. But we as a company are solid, and I hope to turn the tables and put emphasis on large projects and restorations. I won't forsake daily repair work, but hope to bring PRO Stitch into the light that was the original spark for starting our company over a decade ago." — Russell Stare PRO Stitch Auto Interiors and Upholstery Taylorville, Illinois — Chuck Bench Stitch Interiors Dalzell, South Carolina HRR 128 HOTROD & Restoration January/February 2013 HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages64-128.indd 128 1/24/13 2:59 PM

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