Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Why G.G. Sutcliffe invested in American manufacturing (St. Louis Business Journal Video)

The St. Louis Business Journal conducted this video interview with company president G.G. Sutcliffe in conjunction with a feature article that appeared in the publication December 7, 2018 (it was online December 5). St. Louis Character: Husky's G.G. Sutcliffe Lives with Gusto is available at this link:

The video interview with another article that accompanies it available at this link:

One of the most interesting excerpts from the article is this: "All of our competitors were going to China back in the early '90s,” he said. “What I realized was that we did not have good manufacturing process control here in St. Louis, and if we didn’t have it here in St. Louis, we sure as hell couldn’t get it done 6,000 or 10,000 miles away.” At that point, Sutcliffe began investing in American manufacturing, and today it has really paid off for the company as it nears $50 million in revenue. Sutcliffe said the company works diligently on being responsive to its customers' needs, and the only way to do that is by staying in the region.

Thanks to the St. Louis Business Journal for their interest in Husky Corporation and in G.G. We think the entire staff did a wonderful job relating the many interesting facets of this story!

Friday, December 14, 2018

St. Louis Business Journal: Husky’s G.G. Sutcliffe Lives with Gusto

How's this for starters?

"Before he was 25, Sutcliffe, who goes by G.G., got kicked out of two colleges, worked at a ski lodge in Switzerland, traveled to Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, talked his way into Officers Candidate School and a rank of second lieutenant by claiming to speak French, German and Arabic (in truth, he knew enough to curse and order a beer), and served in U.S. special operations in Laos and Vietnam, with fierce fighting and heavy troop loss in Khe Sanh."

That's the beginning of a St. Louis Character story on Husky Corporation's president, which appeared in the St. Louis Business Journal. We are offering a link to the entire article here, as usually a subscription is needed for this publication. Here are a few pictures of the photo shoot by the publication. They also recorded a few video comments, which we will share when available.

We  hope you find this article as interesting as we did. One quote about G.G. Sutcliffe we found particularly insightful is this: “He’s smart as a whip, persistent, innovative and fearless, as anyone who has competed with him in business or sport knows.”


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Husky Brings to Market Two Environmentally-Friendly Products to their Family of Products at the same time that their Technical Service Engineer adds to his Family

This article about Oil Baron and Oil Baron Plus was written and shared with a variety of news outlets by American Media Distribution.

Husky, that already has a fine line-up of complimentary products, just
added two more: Oil Baron and Oil Baron Plus. Like a student who loves
chemistry class, Paul Nilsen, Husky’s Technical Service Engineer assigned
to these new products, is excited to demonstrate how they work using
something called microbial action. He, along with Brad Baker, Husky’s
Executive Vice President, are nothing short of giddy when they talk
about the two new Oil Baron products.

Paul could not wait to squeeze some oil onto a granite sample board and
then add a diluted amount of Oil Baron. The mixture started to bubble
and pop. Carbon Dioxide was released into the air and water remained.
When the bubbling stops, no special hazardous waste disposal is
required for what was left over. A simple concept with far-reaching
ramifications. Oil Baron is used to clean unsightly, unsafe or hazardous
messes using floor scrubbers, pressure washers or mops. The product is
also great for use in an Emergency Spill kit -- because it makes a gas spill
non-flammable very quickly.

As we moved on to the Oil Baron Plus product, Paul coolly checked his
phone. He had an important reason to stay connected: his wife was
about ready to give birth to their child. Although he was allowed go
home to be with her, he wanted to finish the demonstration albeit at a
record pace.

Paul explained that Oil Baron Plus removes the toughest hydrocarbon
(oil, gas/diesel, tar) stains on most hard, industrial surfaces. Paul warned
that one must be careful when using this product as it will turn an asphalt/gravel road into just gravel and, if it gets on your car, will dissolve
the paint.

Key market segments for these products include the petroleum
dispensing industry (gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops,
petroleum product distributors, airports, etc.) and the automotive repair
industry (car repair businesses, truck/auto dealers or service centers, oil
change shops, etc.) and any other commercial/residential application
where petroleum messes are an issue.

More detailed information is at the company's web
explanation videos and technical specifications.

Husky Corporation is a leading manufacturer of equipment for the
petroleum dispensing industry, which has been growing organically and
through acquisitions of companies and products in related industries and
has been in business for also 70 years, based now in Pacific, Missouri.

Congratulations to Paul and his wife who, a short time after our
interview, brought a healthy baby girl into this world. A world that now
contains a way to turn spilled hydrocarbons into harmless carbon dioxide
and water. Someday she will be proud of her Daddy for, in his own way,
helping to make the world a cleaner place

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Husky Corporation in the News: St. Louis Business Journal

A company that started in a basement in 1947 has achieved another milestone. Husky Corporation, which manufactures fuel nozzles and other equipment related to the petroleum industry, has reached $50 million in annual sales. The St. Louis Business Journal story about this item is available at this link - which will require a subscription to view in its entirety.

Company president Grenville Sutcliffe told reporter Greg Edwards revenue had increased from about $40 million two years ago. When he joined the company in 1971, revenue totaled $375,000.

Edwards wrote this passage in the article: Husky, founded in 1947 by Sutcliffe’s parents, provides the nozzles and parts to most of the companies that own gas stations in St. Louis, and provides them worldwide to meet the specifications required in each country. “Any place in the world that has cars needs our products,” Sutcliffe said. The company ships about 2 million parts a year, he said.

The revenue information was part of an in-depth interview for an upcoming 'St. Louis Character' feature on Mr. Sutcliffe in the St. Louis Business Journal. Sutcliffe recalled in another recent interview some of his recollections about how the company started by his parents really got rolling.

Husky has 170 employees and manufacturing space of 84,000 square feet in Pacific, Missouri.