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Carpenter Refl ects on Long Run in Business For anyone to stay at any company for


over 50 years—even a family business—your day needs to be interesting. John Carpenter is no exception. And his day


is still fascinating. Carpenter, who’s the CEO and chairman of


Carpenter Brothers Inc. (Mequon, Wisconsin) has been working at the fi rm since 1963. In 1979, he became president, CEO and chair- man. Carpenter Brothers is a dealer/distributor/ representative for metalcasters, manufacturers of industrial supplies and equipment, and has participated in the metalcasting industry as it has gone through many changes and phases. “It’s very interesting. It’s fascinating. I don’t


people in the (metalcasting) industry and that’s the fun part.” T ere are certain fundamentals about the


John Carpenter


think I’d be here this long if it wasn’t interesting,” Carpenter said. “It’s always changing and the challenge is what keeps me going.” Over 53 years, the 77-year-old Carpenter has watched as


technology has advanced and altered the industry. He’s seen the ups and downs of a unique business and relished dealing with all the people he comes across. In fact, it’s those people he fi nds the most fascinating. “T e people are the main interest,” Carpenter said. “T e chang- ing of the people, the personalities and you meet just wonderful


industry that aren’t changing. As Carpenter notes, one of the best parts of the metalcasting industry is the sense of camaraderie. “I would say that the industry is evolving but I think there’s a certain brotherhood amongst foundrymen,” Carpenter said. “It’s hard to defi ne, but people that melt metal do have a certain brotherhood because no- body else does that. It’s so unique. I think metalcasting organizations are tighter. Metalcasters have their own language and understanding of the unique technical and


economic challenges of the industry.” On Sept. 1, Carpenter stepped down as CEO but will


remain an active chairman of the company that will turn 100 in 2017. Nicholas Gerrits, president, is becoming CEO. “T ere are a number of things I’m proud of in my life. Be-


ing a part of the foundry industry for our whole 100 years is one of them,” Carpenter said. “Also, I’m immensely proud of our employees through the years who have made it possible for the company to be 100 years old.”


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