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APR 2013

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PRODUCT PROFILE Hannay Celebrates lifford B. Hannay was running a gas station/luncheonette in rural Albany County, NY, in the tough-luck days of 1933, when he had a chance encounter with a local fuel-oil delivery man. The man was tired of delivering kerosene to his customers in fve-gallon cans. What he needed was a pump and a hose installed on his truck. But that mechanical work still didn't amount to the real dilemma. No, what the delivery man really needed was a quick way to reel the hose back up after each delivery. The poor guy had tried and failed to make a hose reel. In fact, he still had the bag full of parts he'd used. So Hannay, who was also an electrician by trade and enjoyed just this sort of challenge, took the bag of parts, and then went off to a junkyard. C Years With Reel Pride Company builds on 80 years of family stewardship, product innovation and customer satisfaction. By Steve Smith There, the inventive Hannay found some other parts from the real axle of a Model T and built the frst hose reel of the millions the company has produced over the past 80 years. SAME PLACE Drive up New York State Route 143 today, and you can still stop by Hannay's original shop he made out of the gas station, now turned into a museum in his honor. Across the two-lane highway, however, is where you'll fnd 145 employees of Hannay Reels Inc., turning out some 90,000 reels a year all made right here near the village of Westerlo, NY, population 300, a farming town now just as much as then. "It probably was unusual to start a manufacturing business in the Depression," says Eric A. Hannay, president and CEO of Hannay Reels, "but I'm sure that my great-grandfather along with many others had an entrepreneurial bent and did what had to be done to earn a living." The company's frst reels were produced in the building on the left seen in the upper left-hand corner of this photograph. Over the years, Hannay Reels Inc. has grown to 22 buildings on a 200,000 sq. ft. campus. APRIL 2013 • 25

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