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As a Young College Graduate (well, almost I was trying to pass Calculus 2) from Purdue University I came home to finish my last credits and worked for the Summer at my Families Tent and Awning Company. I realized that Summer that Finance was maybe not for me, and Entrepreneurship was. I loved to work with tangible products since I was a child, I was infatuated with Legos, and Constructs. That year, I made the choice to Start my own Industrial Sewing Line. At this point, I knew Tents & Awnings was not the way for me, as the local Business my family had was starting to struggle a lot. After much trial and error, I found that Safety Products were a good Niche, and there was room for growth, as well as Custom, American Made Products.
I started selling on a Lead Generation website in 2004. For a Small Startup Industrial Manufacturing Company this was a real rarity. Learning the ins and outs of Digital marketing was daunting, but ended up paying off. We were able to make connections and sales with regular Industrial Customers and eventually Distributors.
I found success in Selling Barrier Protection Products, and a year and half later in 2006, I worked with a Manufacturing firm to design our own custom made Coated (Knife over Roll) Vinyl. I named it Steel-Scrim, to go along with our brand as well as its uniquely strong tensile strength.
Long story short, I made it work, but not with out our Family of Employees. We Strive to have the highest quality crafted Product with Local Employees and Fair Wages. Thank you so much for reading this and visiting our site.
Gregory Pretsch – President – I am avid innovator of products. My Families lineage stretches through lots of Entrepreneurs. You could say its in my blood. I enjoy time with my Family and Friends. And have dabble in hobbies like Golfing, Koi Fish, Landscape Architecture, and a love for all types of Cars.
Sabrina Pretsch – VP / Controller
You could say I have a talent with Numbers and Math, and an Obsessive Organizer. I am a Graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (I know doesn’t translate to math). Design is somewhat in my blood. My Father, Uncle, and Grandfather Edo Belli, designed churches hospitals and schools all over the world.
I have worked with Small Businesses my whole life, and then, I married into one. I love design, Interior Architecture, and Perspective Art. I have been extensively self trained in Illustrator, and love doing graphic design.
Aaron Ortega – Production Manager / Sales
I have my Bachelors in Logistics, that has prepared myself for Management, in some ways. I am a Native of Chicagoland, and Family and my Heritage is of Core Importance. If you need an Ear to Listen I am your guy. Soccer is my passion, and life style, in playing and watching talent. I enjoy Traveling, the Outdoors, and now during COVID, Golfing. E: [email protected]
Anita Miller – Sales Executive
My history is as an Educator, I love to learn and some would say I’m a Free Spirit. I enjoy meeting new people on a daily basis, some great, some not so great. I Enjoy Nature, Four Wheeling, and Ginseng & Mushroom Hunting. I also have extensive knowledge of Herbs and Its Natural Remedies. E:[email protected]
Fernando Perea – Floor Manager
I enjoy dealing with screaming people. I know how to handle children, you could say it’s a gift. I love Soccer, the lifestyle, the game, and the camaraderie. I have been into running and physical fitness my whole life. Even at 66 I am able to keep up with those younger. I enjoy traveling, family gatherings, and my Grandkids. Email: [email protected]
Sandy Sosa – Customer Service & Administration
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