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HindlePower CEO Discusses Family Business, Manufacturing Challenges, and Succession Planning - Pat Soldano

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This interview is about a family-owned business called HindlePower, a manufacturer of battery chargers for the utility industry.

The interviewee, Nick Hindle, is the CEO of the company. Here are the key points:

  • Company History: HindlePower is a generational family business. Technically, Nick is the fourth generation, but the history is complex. The business started with a different product and then transitioned to battery chargers after Nick’s grandfather left his previous employer.
  • Company Operations: HindlePower is a small company with around 100 employees. They manufacture battery chargers, battery cabinets, and distribution panels for the utility industry in the US and internationally. Their products are critical for the functioning of the electric grid.
  • Company Values: HindlePower prioritizes outstanding quality, customer service, and fast lead times. They also value employee well-being and offer profit-sharing programs.
  • Growth Challenges: Despite consistent growth, HindlePower faces some challenges. These include the need for reinvestment in manufacturing, attracting skilled labor, and navigating a complex immigration system to hire foreign engineers. Changes in tax laws, like the disallowance of R&D expense deduction, have also created financial strain.
  • Succession Planning: The Hindle family is planning to keep the business within the family for future generations. They are setting up trusts to manage estate taxes.
  • Charitable Giving: HindlePower focuses on local charitable giving. They primarily give back to their employees through profit-sharing programs and also support local organizations.

Overall, the interview highlights the challenges and rewards of running a family-owned manufacturing business in the United States.

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