To understand our decision to enter the Texas market, we have to go back to the recession that began in the late 2000's and is, to date, the worst economic downturn in the United States since the Great Depression. They did not call it the 'Great Recession' for nothing. To make matters worse, the Michigan area was hit especially hard. With GM and the auto industry at the brink of disaster, the joke we often heard was, 'last one out of Michigan, turn out the lights.'
To add insult to injury, we had the financial crisis and the banking clamp down. While many big businesses like insurance companies and big banks were handed bail outs, many of the mid-size and small businesses were brought to their knees by the very banks that caused the financial meltdown. We all saw the demise of many local businesses and big layoffs from the huge corporations to the corner store. Patti Engineering was not immune to the suffering.
We all have our favorite words of wisdom that help motivate and inspire us to push forward in business, especially in times of difficulty. In our case, a quote from Lee Iacocca comes to mind:
"In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words:
people, product and profits.
Unless you've got a good team,
you can't do much with the other two."
One thing Sam Hoff, president of Patti Engineering, knew for sure was that he had a great team. This certainly played a huge role in the company's ability to survive and thrive. Sam had faith in his engineering team and he knew the Michigan economy would come back eventually, but Sam and the management team sought ways to diversify and grow to ensure Patti Engineering's long term success.
After a year of research, Sam and his team determined that the energy and industrial rich state of Texas was a good fit for our engineers' skill set and a great opportunity to meet our diversification goals. With some of our most talented engineers willing to relocate to Texas, Sam and his team knew we had a great shot at making this work!
In a market with a strong presence of existing control system integrators, some had doubts our Auburn Hills, Michigan based company would be successful in carving our own niche. Austin/San Antonio Siemens Senior Account Manager, Rich Jacobson, was among the skeptical.
"I just did not see the need for another integrator in our market, but their engineers came in and wowed us with their technical knowledge and capabilities with Siemens automation products," commented Jacobson. "The difference was night and day. Patti Engineering is the best Siemens Automation Solution Partner that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They quickly became our top go to resource."
Steve Palmgren, Patti Engineering senior electrical engineer and branch manager, is leading Texas expansion efforts. Steve's experience as the lead engineer on many of Patti Engineering's major projects for the past ten years has proved invaluable. We have been adding to our Texas engineering staff and we will soon be hiring a local business development manager.
"Celebrating our 2nd year anniversary is a great honor. I attribute our ability to successfully enter into the Texas market with strong growth results to our most valuable assets: our talented and dedicated engineers, whose performance has quickly established Patti Engineering as a trusted and valuable resource to our new clients," said Hoff. "In addition, we want to thank all of our business partners and new clients for helping us achieve this milestone."
Sam's hunch about the potential for growth in Texas turned out to be correct. On May 1, 2012 a Forbes article entitled 'The Best Cities for Jobs' by Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires confirmed Texas cities are out-performing most; below is an excerpt from the article:
Energy-rich Texas cities dominate our list - the state has added some 200,000 generally high-paying oil and gas jobs over the past decade - but Texas is also leading in industrial job growth, technology and services. In first place in our ranking of the 65 largest metropolitan areas is Austin, which has logged strong growth in manufacturing, technology-related employment and business services. Houston places second, Fort Worth fourth, and Dallas-Plano-Irving sixth.
We are counting our blessings here at Patti Engineering. Texas has been good to us and we look forward to what the future holds!
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