Today on the Growing with Purpose Podcast, Paul Spiegelman interviews David Dussault, Founder & CEO of P1 Industries. When David finished school, he followed the family tradition of manufacturing and began working at GE. After almost six years of rising through the ranks at GE, he decided he wanted to start his own business in 2004. While initially a success, the business “imploded” only two years later in 2006 - an incredibly challenging and humbling time for David.
On June 30, 2016 at 3:05 p.m., our leadership team called an impromptu all-hands meeting for our company’s 90+ employees. Coming into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it was a sweltering day in the factory. People were hot and tired but remained positive and enthusiastic, curious about the content of the meeting. About an hour before the meeting, my COO, Joe Boudreau and I asked our Shop Manager and Lead Machinist, Joel Lape (an instrumental and vital player in the start of our company almost a decade ago) to share some important information and a surprise announcement with the team.