To be honest, I didn't think we'd get any responses from "All in the Family," our November article on family owned businesses in the sheet metal and HVAC industries. When the article's author, Sharon Stalzer (herself a second-generation owner of Missouri equipment manufacturer Lion Machinery Inc.), first approached me about doing a series of articles about the topic, she was hoping readers would send in their stories. I warned her that although many SNIPS readers tell me how much they love the magazine, they seldom call with story ideas or even their reaction to a published piece.
But in this case, I'm happy to say I was wrong. We've received several letters from readers eager to share their stories. Anthony Martina wrote me about his father, who in 1962 started Martina Metal when his then-current employer closed its sheet-metal division. Martina's father bought some of the machinery and opened his own shop, making and installing ductwork for mechanical contractors in central Ohio.