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Steven Yetzke began working for his father in 1966 at age 11 when his father bought a screw-machine business.
“The machines were pre-CNC,” he says, “all Brown & Sharpe machines. Of course, I swept floors like everyone else there, but I learned to run machines, too. I loved to work back then and I still do. By the time I was 18 I became foreman at a company my dad bought, called Pacific Broach. That company had screw machines and broaching machines and produced a gear line. Also, Pacific Broach was licensed to cut pulleys for Uniroyal, which is what introduced me to that field. I still own that company.”
A True Entrepreneur
Perhaps because of his early start and watching his father buy businesses, Yetzke had an entrepreneuring spirit right from the beginning.
“I learned long ago that, if you want to compete, you have to control the means of production,” he says. “You only depend on others when it makes financial sense to do so.”
That attitude has lead Yetzke to buy businesses and add in-house capability anytime he felt it helped him control quality and cost. The result is that he now operates from 5 buildings with a total of 65-70,000 sq ft of space. Between Pacific Broach and Belt Drives Ltd., he employs about 50 people, most of them in production.
“Over the years I’ve bought quite a number of companies in order to bring their capabilities in house,” he says. “Early on I bought an aluminum foundry, and then I worked out a deal with the president of ITT to buy their rubber division. I moved their rubber producing equipment and their employees from Costa Mesa to Anaheim. Many of them are still with us today.”
In 2007 Yetzke bought a company called GMA, which produced high-quality braking products for the Harley Davidson v-twin aftermarket. His most recent acquisition was Jamar Performance Products, which produces brakes, pedal assemblies and steering products for drag, sand and off-road communities.
“Our goal at BDL is pretty simple,” Yetzke says. “We want to provide our customers with the best high-performance aftermarket products and accessories possible. To do this, we’ve designed our facilities to do just about everything we need to produce and control that quality. We operate our own aluminum foundry, more than 50 CNC mills and lathes. We have a gear cutting department and a rubber manufacturing facility. We operate state-of-the art CAD/CAM software and have a rapid prototyping system for checking our designs. Plus, we own a handful of Harleys to make sure everything we produce works the way it’s supposed to. We don’t leave anything to chance.”

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