Branch Purchase Spawns New Company in South Bend
South Bend, Ind., is now home to a new glass business, though most
all of the employees have worked there for many years. How is this
possible? This past April employees Jim Mroz, Jason Christy and
Larry Schulz purchased what was then a Harmon Inc. operation and
re-named the business Precision Wall Systems (PWS).
According to Mroz, who served as PWS president and majority owner,
Harmon wanted to close the operations in South Bend, which serve
the commercial architectural needs of Indiana and Western Michigan
primarily. "We [Mroz, Christy and Schulz] were able to purchase
That purchase saved about 60 jobs.
"We were able to retain ten office employees and approximately
50 shop and field employees," says Mroz. "Harmon is a
great company. The challenge was that all of us in this location
wanted to stay in South Bend. Harmon provided us with a great foundation
of business skills that we're now able to use on our own."
Going forward, Mroz says he is looking forward to the challenges
of being a business owner.
"Our goal is to continue providing the same level of service
and competiveness as we did before, but now without the financial
support that we had through Harmon," says Mroz. "We have
a great group of people here who are fine craftsmen who all enjoy
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