My family came to this country as immigrants; my grandfather was an immigrant, which means I am the second generation born here.
Like most who came here from other countries, my family had dreams of a better life, freedom to worship, and the ability to work hard and prosper.
My uncle chose to do without a college education, even though his father wanted it for him, and instead decided to work for the automotive industry. He started out on the line where he worked hard, volunteered for extra duties, and was recognized as someone with good sense and a good work ethic. He moved into different roles as a result of his hard work, and he found his happiness working in the buildings and equipment department, where he was supervised by engineers. He told me about the big equipment that was everywhere and how important it was to keep it working. The industrial boilers, for example, were vital to keeping the plant humming along. He was often in charge of the boiler room because if the industrial boilers weren’t working, the men weren’t working. The boilers produce steam for rubber and carbon fiber for car components. Additionally, the industrial boilers keep things clean and sanitized, which is necessary for all the other machinery to work without getting all clogged up with debris. When the boiler at his small plant came to a halt one day, he said to himself, “I wish I could get a temporary boiler rental until this one is fixed.” A new business idea was born, and that’s how our family got into the industrial boiler rental business.