Grover Corporation was moving in the right direction and we put all of the pieces in place to grow rapidly in 2015. The leadership group was developed and the core group stayed focused on organic growth while still focussing on the expanding our market. With 2015 fast approaching we were moving into the Frac Pump industry and made all the necessary adjustments and purchases to do so and make an impact in the market. Unfortunately, gas and oil prices dropped significantly in Q1 of 2015 and continued to decline throughout the year, which impacted Grover's core business (Piston Rings) and shut down any possibility of getting into the Frac Pump business until the economy turned around.
This is what made the job so worth coming into every day. Things were changing and we were as an organization forced to identify new ways of expanding our market, which forced me to identify ways (inexpensive ways) of training our Supervisors, and Coaches on the floor. It also forced me to find cost savings around every corner, while still being a class "A" VP of Human Resources. It is a testament to the HR department that we still maintained our integrity despite watching other departments getting dismantled and virtually shut down due to downsizing. Although this was a hard thing to watch and be an active participant in, it was my job to see it through, in hopes of the manufacturing sector loosened up sooner than later so we could maintain our position in the market and assure no one else would lose their jobs.
Grover had a little over 100 people in both our Wisconsin and Texas locations and this is what I'd say was the best part of the job. All of the executives were required to have our boots on the ground and out on the floor talking to the people who kept us in business. Having the ability to fly at 30,000 feet to make organizational decisions but swoop down to ground level and maintain a solid relationship with the people on the floor helped in maintaining trust and an open line of communication.
All in all, I liked my employment with Grover, I enjoyed the work I performed, I enjoyed my staff, I enjoyed the people on the floor and most of all I enjoyed being part of a solid leadership team that joined hands and moved forward even when the economy was against us.