interview with second generation owner:
Q: Hydrosol was founded when you were three years old. What memories do you have growing up?
A: I remember my dad’s car always smelled like a steel mill. I also thought it was really cool Hydrosol has big red trucks.
Q: What was your first job at Hydrosol?
A: I started working at the shop when I was a teenager. I was responsible for keeping the garage clean, mowing the lawn and loading trucks for service jobs.
Q: What was the most difficult project you managed at Hydrosol?
A: We had to chemically clean a hydraulic system on the top of a blast furnace in Warren, Ohio. A big winter storm hit the area causing everything to freeze. The job felt like it lasted forever!
Q: What was your most rewarding experience at Hydrosol?
A: I always enjoyed helping customers. A gas washer at Republic Steel blast furnace plugged up and shut the entire furnace down. Hydrosol was able to clean the gas washer and return the furnace to full operation.
Q: Name a mentor that helped you grow as a leader.
A: I spent most of my jobs in the field with Charlie Komp. Charlie taught me a lot about customer service and project management. My father taught me about chemical procedures and processes.
Q: What special traits did you look for when hiring a person?
A: We liked people that were punctual, early risers, problem solvers and team players.