If you tell him it can't be done, he will show you it can.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Comes to a Close 2010 Continued Success-Indiana University Pics

This past year has been a very prosperous year for us. We have serviced many of our long term customers and brought on some new clients. January will start our 15th year in business. Yes it is hard to believe, but we have watched the trucking industry go through lots of changes. Some for the better, others not so much. As we have always said, "The best will keep on plugging along, or if not just re-invent into something bigger and better". May 2010 be a truly wonderful year for all.

We are extremely proud of a very large job we completed this year. Indiana University had a massive changeover of new equipment. We kept it in the family and our son Matthew took time off his job to help his Dad out..

Our January schedule is still being worked on, but will be posted soon...Happy New Year to all of our customers and friends.

Monday, September 14, 2009

(2) MedX Equipment For Sale

Passing along equipment for sale. Equipment is stored in Sedalia, MO.

Gently used
MedX Grey/Grey owner Mike Murphy contact for pricing info: cell (720) 841-5150/Home (303) 955-8314

Leg Curl, Chest Press, Torso Arm, Arm Curl, Overhead Press, Lateral Raise, Leg Press, Core Lumbar, Seated Dip

MedX White Frame, Black Upholstery, light blue shields. Equipment again is stored in Sedalia, MO call Fred Hahn to negotiate prices... cell (917) 693-2309/ Home 212-666-2613
Would like to sell as package.

Pictures posted are best we can provide...

Leg Press, Leg curl (variable cam), Leg extension (variable cam), Chest Press, Chest Fly, Torso Arm, Compound Row, Laterial Raise, Overhead Press, Tricepts Ext, Biceps Curl, Lower Back EXL, Abdominal with Retrofit....

Friday, July 3, 2009

Freedom and Independence in the Work Place and the Choices we Make

As today is the start of the Fourth of July weekend some pack up their vehicles and head to parts unknown. This is a first in a long time that David hasn't been on the road working. We almost don't know what to do with ourselves but just the fact that we can be together is a wonderful thing.

In a recent article in a trucker publication an article caught my eye. The story was entitled " The Choices Between Job and Family are Tough". A good percentage of business owners don't have a normal or regular schedule. They work 24/7 either by choice or necessity. When the phone rings they feel the need to answer no matter what time of day or night.

The divorce rate is very high in the trucking industry. Sometimes when the kids were young the only way that we really got to spend any quality time with each other was to go on long trips. Picture in your mind a truck cab with 2 adults and 2 children and a dog. When the kids got older those trips stopped because their activities took a front seat, which meant that the time we spent as a family got less and less. Sometimes I don't think David has the word "NO" in his vocabulary, but I guess another way to look at it is at least we are working and paying the bills.

Don't get me wrong things at this point in time are going well, actually better than I could ever expect during these economic times, but over the years we had to make some difficult choices.

As they say "this isn't our first rodeo". It has taken more than one time to get it right. Some business's don't last that first five years and here we are half way through our 14 year. You have to go with the flow whether you like it or not.

The comment "It is, what it is" comes up frequently in our business. Sometimes I think people use this as a way to be politically correct. Frankly, I think it has alot of meanings, depending on the day or the client.

At least one thing, we as Americans have the freedom to decide what kind of profession we go into and the choice to watch our lives grow in the direction we wish to take them.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Please Give My Horse a Drink

We have moved some interesting people and items over the years and recently an e-mail came across that I thought David was absolutely crazy. He hates to say no to anyone, I sometimes think he would say yes to moving the Statute of Liberty if he thought he could fit it in the truck

Over the years he has moved some interesting people, (Eddie Murphy, EmmyLou Harris, Jackie Zeman) and some interesting requests he has had, but a recent e-mail made me think he had really lost a screw. In part the e-mail was from a Mr. Todd and he wanted to thank David for picking up his "horse" to make sure he stopped to give it water, and that he was looking forward to seeing him in Texas. When I read it I actually thought this person thought we had horse trailers. I immediately called David and said what the hell!. He laughed and proceeded to explain that the "horse" was an antique piece of equipment from the 1880's. I had no knowledge that their is actually a museum at the University of Texas at Austin. The Physical Culture Collection it seems after looking up on the internet is a who's who and what's what of the many different pieces that have been collected over the years. If you are in anyway connected to equipment it looks like the place to go. There is some interesting info on the website so check it out!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The main points of Customer Service
Attitude and Conduct Make A Difference
Be on time
Call ahead if there's a delay
Be courteous
Be honest
Respect the customer's property
Follow the customer's rules
Appearance Counts

Friday, January 23, 2009

From A Boss Who Tells it Like It Is

I received this from a fellow business owner. This person has a great point and makes you think. Some not all of it fits our situation but something to think about and I am sure many can relate.

To All My Valued Employees:

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good new is this: The economy doesn't pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.

However, let me tell you some little facts which might help you decide what is in your best interests.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside, you've seen my big house at last years Christmas party. I'm sure all these flashy icons of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life. However, what you don't see is the back story.

I started this company 28 years ago. At the time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota with a defective transmission. I didn't have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I was married to my business--hard work, discipline and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made a modest $50,000 a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars, lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting the designer store for hot fashion items, I was trolling through discount store extracting any clothing item that didn't look like it was birthed in the 70's. My friends refinanced their mortgages and lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money, and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, some day, I too, will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9:00 a.m. mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5:00 p.m. I don't. There is no "off" button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have that freedom. I eat, breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old with special needs. You of course, only see the fruits of that garden--the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations, you never realize the back story and the sacrifices I've made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who didn't. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has its benefits but the price I've paid is steep and not with battle wounds.

Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government think's I don't pay enough. I have state, Federal, Property, Sales and Use, Payroll, Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Taxes. Tax on Tax. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On October 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,00 for quarterly taxes. You know what my "stimulus" check was? Zero

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check? Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of this country.

The fact is, if I deducted 50% of your paycheck you'd quit and you wouldn't work here. I mean, why should you? That's nuts. Who wants to get rewarded only 50% of their work? Well, I agree which is why your job is in jeopardy.

Here is what many of you don't understand--to stimulate the economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn't need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employee would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don't fibrillate and shock his thumb into thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or, do you fibrillate his heart? Business is the heart of American and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine. Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with this? It's quite simple. If any new taxes are levied me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I will fire you. I will fire your co-workers. You can then please with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your children's future. Frankly, it is not my problem any more.

Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I'm done. I'm done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

So, if you lose your job, it won't be at the hands of the economy, it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through the country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and who no employees to worry about...

Signed, Your boss

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2009 Off and Running

Well we made it through the 2008 year and David is off and running again. It was nice to be able to take some down time and enjoy time with family during the holidays get some maintenance things done But now it's back to the daily grind for both of us.

Getting the year closed out and ready for the next is always a time consuming issue but over the years we have it down pretty well. Streamlining is always my goal each year and being able to spend less time on paperwork, filings and updating never seems to end. When you are dealing with government and its endless regulations and rules your days are always filled with neverending things. I would hope someday that they will get it working in a more timely manner so that we can at least try to understand from a transportation point of view. Truth be told I don't think they will ever get it to where everything runs smoothly. I guess that's just job security. Take it from a former government employee. We love those paper trails.