Description: Founded in 1936, Levan Machine & Truck Equipment is a full-service machine shop and a truck equipment and repair facility. Its chief product lines include Boss snow plows and spreaders, Knapheide truck bodies, Weather Guard truck and van equipment, Air-Flo bodies and Whelen lighting.
Key Contributors to Success: Diversification. When one segment of the business is slow, others are busy. Another contributor is a focus on the municipal sector, which kept spending even after the private sector pulled back. Lastly, Levan has benefitted from expanding its service territory.
Qualities Sought in Employees: Being a team player and a good communicator; being self-motivated and able to multitask.
Memorable Compliment: One customer said every employee he came in contact with at the company treated his job as if it were the most important one they had.
Goals: Hitting $5 million in sales, selling 200 plows in a season and increasing the profit margin.