Modern Metal Processing News Update
September 20, 2021
This is NOT the letter I planned to, nor wanted to send to you.
After discussing the aftermath, at length, of the fire at Modern Metal Processing last July 6th, with our insurance company, they’ve thrown some cold water (figuratively) in our faces.
The bottom line is that our policy will not cover the complete cost to rebuild Modern Metal Processing. Even if it did, we’d likely be looking at close to two years before we’d be able to open the doors! It would also mean re-starting the business – from scratch – at a point in life when most people are close to considering retirement.
These facts are a bitter pill to swallow. That’s why, after much deliberation, my wife and I have decided to call it a career. Modern Metal Processing will not re-open.
This decision was gut-wrenching for me. MMP has been a big part of my life from the day my Dad, Chet Wesolek, launched it in 1978. He not only gave me my start…he was my mentor. I joined him in the 1980s and took the business over prior to his calling it a career. There’s a lump in my throat as I write this… so many memories… so many challenges and rewards to recall over the years.
While this was truly a family enterprise, I must take a moment to give thanks to the various staff members who contributed to the success of MMP over the years with their hard work. These guys were more like extended family than employees. I already miss them!
Over the years, I’ve been blessed to have built a phenomenal network of industry professionals and clientele who’ve also become dear friends. I will forever cherish these relationships and I’ll always be available to you if you need a helping hand.
Shelly and I also wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to each of you who’ve reached out to us since the fire, offering your best wishes and for being a part of our lives. Because of you, we had a great run. Please, let’s stay in touch!
What’s next for us? I suppose I’ll work on projects in the woodshop I previously didn’t have time for. We’ll have more time for our grandkids, family, and friends. Shelly has talked of travel, too. What we won’t be doing is hanging around, sleeping, and wasting away. That just isn’t our style.
The founder of Forbes Magazine, B. C. Forbes, once said: “Don’t forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living.” Thankfully, Shelly and I have much more of that to do in this next chapter of ours; I’m so lucky to experience it with her.