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Headwaters Seat Covers LLC
702 3Rd Avenue W. P.O. Box 1205
Three Forks, Montana 59752
United States

Company Description: Headwaters Seat Covers LLC is a true mom and pop business. Paul does the manufacturing of the seat covers and Lori, Paul's wife, does the books, and their two young...   more
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Paul Lindsoe started ...
www.bigskybusiness.com, 21 Oct 2011 [cached]
Paul Lindsoe started Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC in 2006 with the simple idea of making the best fitting, most durable seat cover with everything a sportsman and outdoorsman would want, and to get it to them in a timely fashion. In starting the company, Lindsoe was very resourceful, utilizing resources like the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), Prospera Business Network (previously Gallatin Valley Development Corporation) and the Montana State University College of Business.
Lindose had worked seven years in the business of making seat covers and wanted to buy an existing business, but simply couldn’t afford it. So he began business through the old fashioned “boot strap†method â€" in the two stall garage at his home, working alone except for his wife, Lori, doing the books, and building resources project by project. He ordered materials and supplies for his first order for $275 using a zero-percent interest credit card. From the profits of the first job, he purchased more equipment and materials, and so continued the cycle of growing from the profits.
“What we lacked in money we made up in knowledge,†said Paul.
Paul said that he knew that his goal in business meant inventing and breaking new ground in the seat cover manufacturing industry. He knew he needed help. He contacted the Montana State University’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC). “MMEC worked with us from the start,†said Paul.
He also contacted Prospera Business Network, which gave him some instructions and their “How to start a business†packet.
One of the keys to having a successful seat cover business is to have patterns for all trucks and SUVs â€" a painstaking process which Paul said taught him to be patient.
The business grew to the point of needing an employee, as well as more space. Paul started to make a plan to move out of the garage, to buy a building, property and “hopefully an Eastman M-9000 automated cutting machine.â€
At this point, Paul got help from the Montana State University College of Business. Students figured out what was feasible and refined the company’s mission statement, helped in finding a suitable building, and negotiating for a M-9000. He continued to call upon the expertise of MMEC in designing and planning his manufacturing plant, and “to make sure we are manufacturing as efficiently as possible.â€
Lori continues as the company’s bookkeeper and their sons, Keagan, 14 and Conner, 12, contribute with ideas and field test the products. As they get older, Paul said he hopes to incorporate his sons in sales and marketing or management.
Camo Seat Covers for Trucks, SUVs - HeadWaters Seat Covers - Three Forks, Montana
headwatersseatcovers.com, 14 Aug 2011 [cached]
Paul Lindsoe, owner of Headwaters Seat Covers LLC, started his seat cover career in 1987 with Marathon Seat Covers.
Since 1987, Paul has designed several hundred different models of truck & SUV seat covers and he's installed several thousand sets of them, plus trained dozens of employees, including store managers. He became a master designer/operator/mechanic of an Eastman M-9000 C&C cutting machine in his last seven years at Marathon.
In September, 2006, Paul drew a bighorn sheep tag in Montana, and being frustrated with being unable to buy Marathon when it came up for sale, he left Marathon and founded Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC, about a month before Marathon was sold to a fellow from Georgia.
How humble were the beginnings of Headwaters Seat Covers? Paul started Headwaters with just $275 dollars on a zero percent interest credit card. But what he lacked in money, he made up for in knowledge, experience, customer service and a drive to succeed. Talk about the "American Dream. We have come a long way with lots of help from others. We've grown from our profits. We've utilized the help available to small business dreamers like us which is available to the general public.
Paul is continuing his pursuit of excellence in pattern-making design with his new M-9000 C&C cutting machine. His installations and customer service are still second to none. Happy customers remain his best sales tool and that's what has made this business grow.
Headwaters Seat Covers LLC is a true mom and pop business. Paul does the manufacturing of the seat covers and Lori, Paul's wife, does the books. Their two young, but growing, sons help out whenever they can.
The roots of this business are soundly grounded in customer service. Paul still serves his customers on a one-on-one basis, from start to finish, and is a stickler for details and quality control. Honesty and Integrity are two words we live by around here. - Paul Lindsoe, Three Forks, Montana
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Pictured is Paul with his youngest son Conner and Conner's second largest walleye of the year, a 29-incher.
Left to right, sons Conner, Keagan and Paul with Paul's 2008 Spring Turkey.
As you can see, Lori is never far from the action.
The two Lindsoe boys have been going hunting with Paul since the age of three. Here is Keagan, age seven at the time, with a cow elk Paul shot during the 2005 archery season. At the time of the shot, he was telling Paul to not shoot the cow and wait for the bull. Keagan was right. The herd bull bugled for 2-3 minutes in front of Paul and Keagan at 20 yards after he had already shot the cow!
One of Paul's proudest hunting moments, his 2006 Montana Missouri River Breaks Bighorn Sheep. It took five trips and 22 days of hunting to find this ram. During that time, Paul looked over some 150-175 rams before shooting this one. The Ram scored 189-1/8 Boone and Crockett points and was aged at 12.5 years old. Pay by check or credit card
Paul Lindsoe started ...
www.bigskybusiness.com, 21 Oct 2011 [cached]
Paul Lindsoe started Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC in 2006 with the simple idea of making the best fitting, most durable seat cover with everything a sportsman and outdoorsman would want, and to get it to them in a timely fashion. In starting the company, Lindsoe was very resourceful, utilizing resources like the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), Prospera Business Network (previously Gallatin Valley Development Corporation) and the Montana State University College of Business.
Lindose had worked seven years in the business of making seat covers and wanted to buy an existing business, but simply couldn't afford it. So he began business through the old fashioned "boot strap" method - in the two stall garage at his home, working alone except for his wife, Lori, doing the books, and building resources project by project. He ordered materials and supplies for his first order for $275 using a zero-percent interest credit card. From the profits of the first job, he purchased more equipment and materials, and so continued the cycle of growing from the profits.
"What we lacked in money we made up in knowledge," said Paul.
Paul said that he knew that his goal in business meant inventing and breaking new ground in the seat cover manufacturing industry. He knew he needed help. He contacted the Montana State University's Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC). "MMEC worked with us from the start," said Paul.
He also contacted Prospera Business Network, which gave him some instructions and their "How to start a business" packet.
One of the keys to having a successful seat cover business is to have patterns for all trucks and SUVs - a painstaking process which Paul said taught him to be patient.
The business grew to the point of needing an employee, as well as more space. Paul started to make a plan to move out of the garage, to buy a building, property and "hopefully an Eastman M-9000 automated cutting machine."
At this point, Paul got help from the Montana State University College of Business. Students figured out what was feasible and refined the company's mission statement, helped in finding a suitable building, and negotiating for a M-9000. He continued to call upon the expertise of MMEC in designing and planning his manufacturing plant, and "to make sure we are manufacturing as efficiently as possible."
Lori continues as the company's bookkeeper and their sons, Keagan, 14 and Conner, 12, contribute with ideas and field test the products. As they get older, Paul said he hopes to incorporate his sons in sales and marketing or management.
Paul Lindsoe started ...
www.bigskybusiness.com, 21 Mar 2011 [cached]
Paul Lindsoe started Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC in 2006 with the simple idea of making the best fitting, most durable seat cover with everything a sportsman and outdoorsman would want, and to get it to them in a timely fashion. In starting the company, Lindsoe was very resourceful, utilizing resources like the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), Prospera Business Network (previously Gallatin Valley Development Corporation) and the Montana State University College of Business.
Paul Lindsoe started ...
www.bigskybusiness.com, 21 Mar 2011 [cached]
Paul Lindsoe started Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC in 2006 with the simple idea of making the best fitting, most durable seat cover with everything a sportsman and outdoorsman would want...
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