After 25 years honing his skills as an expert machinist, Michael Rodd was ready to venture out on his own. In 2006, MCR Machine was born, a state-of-the-art machine shop specializing in manufacturing complex and difficult-to-machine parts accurately and on-time.
Because of Michael’s outstanding reputation in the industry, business took off, and it wasn’t long before Michael needed and wanted to grow. His plan was to increase space, add new equipment, and build an in-depth business infrastructure.
Michael turned to the University of Houston Small Business Development Center for help. SBDC Senior Business Advisor Lynn Billington worked with him to develop a path for growth — covering business planning, the development of an internal roadmap, access to professional resources, market research, and evaluation of his financing needs. Lynn then brought in SBDC Senior Financial Advisor Orlando Saldana and together they helped Michael complete his loan application for the purchase of a new facility. In 2011, Michael made the leap ? purchasing a 10,000 square foot building, buying new machines, and hiring employees ? positioning his business for even greater growth.
Michael says “If you’re thinking about starting a business, have just started or even been in business for years, you owe it to yourself and your business to allow the fine people at the SBDC help answer those questions you have? and you will have a ton of questions. It?s like having a well trusted business partner you can talk to about anything going on in your business and knowing that they have your best interests at heart!”
Lynn continues to work with Michael to promote his R&D resources and explore other markets for MCR’s customized machining capabilities. Visit www.mcrmachine.com to learn more about the company and their dedication to machining quality.