Terry was 16 years old when his father bought $157 worth of inventory and started Sealing Devices. His mom and dad ran the business out of the their home and hoped it would make enough to provide for the family. It’s 56 years later and Terry is president and CEO and the little business started at the kitchen table just hit $77 million in revenue. Listen in as guest Terry Galanis, Jr. shares the story of his family’s entrepreneurial journey, what it’s been like to spend his career working with his father, and how he’s led their business to amazing success.
Chris Jacobs is the fifth generation of his family to own and run Star Headlight & Lantern—a company founded in 1889. Established to make kerosene lanterns for carriages and railroad cars, the company today is a vertically-integrated manufacturer of high-tech LED lighting for a variety of uses. Join host Mike Gastin as Chris shares his company’s history, the reason for its success, and his vision for its future.
Make sure to check out Chris’ company, Star Headlight & Lantern.
Will Knecht faced what was surely the end of his business. Slammed by the economic crisis of 2008 and then, just as things were stabilizing, devastated by a fire that wiped out his factory, Will was told it was time to call it quits.
Instead, he and the people of Wendell August Forge prayed. Then something miraculous happened.
Join Mike Gastin as guest Will Knecht shares a story of faith, community, hard-working people, and entrepreneurship—a story of the power of private business in America.
Make sure to check out Will’s company, Wendell August Forge.
Join me and guest Chris Clemens as we get regional in this week’s episode of The Currency.
Chris is the publisher of ExploringUpstate.com, a website dedicated to all things Upstate New York. We have a wide-ranging conversation covering the start of his blog, his views on the Upstate region and it’s economy, and some interesting stories of economic creativity springing up across the state.
Visit ExploringUpstate.com to see Chris’s work and to get a wonderful perspective on what’s happening in New York north of the City.
You can also follow Chris on Insta: @explrupstate.
If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to listen to Episode 025: Forged In Fire with Will Knecht of Wendell August Forge.