But how do you measure success?

Heinz and Eric Hasselmann

Heinz and Eric Hasselmann of Century Pacific Foundry

During the first 5 months of my blog, I have talked with a lot of business owners.  Many of them are quite successful.  Some of them you will read about in this blog.  However, a lot of them are struggling and that is the reason that I am writing this blog…  To help inspire small business owners.

One of the recurring themes that I hear when talking to the struggling business owner is “the economy is killing me” or “the competition is too stiff” or…..  You get the drift.  There is always an excuse for not succeeding.

My first interview was with Heinz Hasselmann.  A German immigrant who started Century Pacific Foundry in 1968.  He had a bit of experience, very little money and didn’t speak very much English.

In the beginning…

In 1968, Century Pacific Foundry had just 10 employees.  The owner Heinz would do sales calls in the morning, and then work in the foundry, shovelling sand, or whatever he needed to do.

Jump forward to 1991, when his son Eric joined the company, they had 30 – 35 employees and on a good day they were producing less than 13 000 pounds of metal castings per day, and all by hand.

Now they are at 70 employees and are averaging 40 000 pounds of metal per day and can pour 56 different types of metal.

Through out this project, I will be interviewing successful owners of many companies.  But how do you measure success?  Heinz Hasselmann is an immigrant from Germany who came to Canada with almost nothing in 1952.  He struggled with the perception of being a German in Canada in 1952.  In a time where Canada wasn’t as culturally diverse as it is today.  And yes, he struggled financially at the beginning.  With the help of a few suppliers and having ideal customers at the beginning, Heinz was able to grow Century Pacific Foundry into one of the main foundries in North America.  Thanks to his stubborn German pride, Heinz Hasselmann is the definition of success.

What are your obstacles and how do you plan to eliminate them?


About KevenMcTaggart
I own a small business called Anything on a Clock. I started Anything on a Clock in 2007 when my son was about a year old.

2 Responses to But how do you measure success?

  1. Roy Osing says:

    Let me know if you want a interview

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