Employees Andrew Harrington, Vice President and Jim Harrington
, President with Patricia Crawford Lucas, Executive Director of the Lapeer Development Corporation SBDC.
For Jim Harrington
, owner of H & H Tool in Lapeer, he
craft of repairing engines at a local Harley Davidson dealership.In 1979, Harrington
formed H & H Tool of Lapeer, Michigan.
H & H Tool is a Tier II supplier to the automotive industry specializing in high volume precision machining of aluminum and steel, HVAC components, hydraulic fittings, and transmission parts.
H & H Tool started with a 1, 100 square foot facility in 1979 where two employees manufactured $ 300, 000 worth of automotive fixtures.Ever since, H & H has followed a steady growth pattern and by 1987, they were manufacturing in a 10, 000 square foot plant.The Lapeer Development Corporation SBDC has been involved with the growth management of H & H since 1984.Just recently, Jim
and Andrew Harrington contacted SBDC Director Patricia Crawford Lucas about their plans for expanding into their fourth manufacturing plant.
According to Jim
, The SBDC has done a great job helping us make our expansion possible..
Company : H&H Tool, Inc
Client : Jim Harrington
Location : Lapeer, Michigan
Established : 1979
Full-Time Employees : 50
Dawn Crump's husband, Jim
, bought her
a porcelain doll for Christmas in 1985.Ten years later, this small gift has turned into a big business venture.After having the artist of that first doll autograph it at a Toledo, Ohio doll making convention, Dawn told Jim
that doll making is what she
wanted to do for the rest of her
life.Undaunted by what some would consider an unusual career choice, Jim
found a woman in Vicksburg, Michigan who taught Dawn the artistry of doll making, In 1990, she
husband agreed to fulfill Dawn's dream : they began the process to open a doll store.
Carl Shook, Director of the Kalamazoo College SBDC, first met Dawn in January, 1995 when she
came to the SBDC for advice and guidance on how to start her
own business and how to develop the necessary business plan and financial statements.Through the process of eight to ten meetings, Shook assisted Dawn in developing an excellent business plan with $ 20, 000 matched by a bank note for another $ 20, 000.Dawn also needed considerable assistance in developing her
financial projections for cash flow, profit and loss statements, and balance sheets.
Dawn then completed the SBDC's Lender's Assistance Program where a local commercial bank loan officer reassessed her
business plan.After eight months of diligent planning with the S BDC, Li'l Darlins Doll House opened.
Dawn has already planned her
next step to open a factory, mass producing porcelain dolls.And you can bet the SBDC will be there to assist her
has often said that I could not have accomplished what I have nor would I be more aware of the details of running a business without Carl Shook and the Kalamazoo College SBDC..
Company : Li'l Darlins Doll House
Client : Dawn Crump, Owner
Location : Kalamazoo, Michigan