Buying the Bones

November 15, 2022 - 2:48pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

Two clients in the machining business. One is going up for auction soon. The other hopes to sell for $10M. Both are family businesses run by brothers. One runs mostly National Acmes, the other Davenports, Wickmans, and Brown & Sharpes.

One has well-trained operators, the other says they are quitting the business because they can’t get an operator nor setup man.

The one that is auctioning off their machines did mostly military and medical, the successful shop is almost all automotive.

An Offer Too Good to Refuse

November 3, 2022 - 2:05pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

Everyday, Graff-Pinkert runs into a myriad of excuses why people won’t purchase a used machine tool from us. Maybe they don’t have the work. Maybe they don’t have the expertise to run a machine. Maybe they are not sophisticated in negotiating with buyers and suppliers. Maybe they don’t have enough money.

Tough For Ford

October 19, 2022 - 4:17pm -- Selcuk Gulboy

I wish I hadn’t bought the story. 

Ford, the pickup truck gorilla, was going to take over the electric pick up market which was going to crush the gas and diesel portion over the next few years.

Ford knows the pickup business like nobody else. The Japanese and Koreans know new cars, but trucks are a mystery for them. The Germans can spell BMW, but for hauling a boat or a jalopy, “nein.”


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