"It brought needed hope," said Joe Pupa, owner and president of Interstate.
"By late summer (2009), business had substantially picked up.
Many hourly people were rehired, but the business climate was still too fragile to rehire management positions."
company managed to turn "a reasonable profit" by the end of 2009.
will invest more money in 2010 than it did in the past three years and he
anticipates hiring more people.
said 2008 and 2009 were "very scary times" in the business.
late father told him it was the worst business climate he
had seen since the Great Depression.
"My thoughts and fears were that I could not allow this business - after three generations - to fail under my watch," Pupa