A fire in March 2006 at Advanced Coating Technology did $1.8 million in damages and sidelined the company for a few weeks. But a big effort to rebuild and retain customers began almost immediately under President Joseph Turri. The company rebuilt a better building, he said, and emerged a stronger company after about a two-year setback in revenue.
Mike and Linda Shank have been operating Shank’s Strings in Elizabethtown since 1990. Mike is renowned on the East Coast as the “go-to guy” when it comes to fixing double basses for classical and jazz musicians alike. Students and professional musicians drive hundreds of miles to visit the Shanks, whether it’s for minor adjustments or major repairs. Some of their professional customers play for symphonies in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Baltimore and Miami. And their student customers — their “kids” — play at some of the top music conservatories in the country, including Eastman in Rochester, Curtis in Philadelphia and Peabody in Baltimore.
Tapestry Technologies was founded in 2005 by three technology experts. By 2014, it earned $10 million in annual revenue completing projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and its contractors. Tapestry leaders explained their keys to success, plus how to find a niche market and work for the DOD.
Hummelstown-based DS Wood LLC got its start making wooden baseball bats in a garage back in 2009. Today the three-man company is producing handcrafted bats for professional athletes. The Dauphin County company hopes to nearly double last year’s sales efforts this year and eventually expand its manufacturing studio in the Hershey area. The long-term goal is to be a nationally known bat brand, its principals say.