In this episode, we interview Clint Spiegel, founder of Industry Nine.
When we met clint for the podcast interview, we began by taking a tour of his 70,000 square feet factory. There are big machines and lots of metal parts everywhere you look. In between each machine, there are a handful of employees wearing protective face gear, working away to keep the parts moving through the system. The floor is covered in what can only be described as “metal sawdust.” Oh, and it’s loud. Very loud.
Clint yells over his shoulder, “I’ve been walking on metal shards all my life.”
He’s not joking.
Since the day he was born, Clint has been surrounding by manufacturing. Fifty years ago, his dad had established a machine shop in Asheville that manufactured parts for a variety of industries throughout the world. At age five, Clint began to join his dad at work, learning the ins and outs of the industry. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Science, Clint found his way back to his family’s business, eventually taking it over and making it his own. Although the business has evolved since then, he and his dad continue to work together on certain aspects.
Clint identifies as a “constant innovator” with an “overactive mind.” Over the years, he’s started numerous businesses, from manufacturing knives to building engineering software and industrial robotics. Some of these businesses failed and faded away, but some of them—like Industry Nine (appropriately name “nine” because it was his ninth business)—have been wildly successful.
During our interview with Clint, a veritable MBA course, we try to unpack what he believes has contributed to Industry Nine’s success and how he’s thinking about the future.
Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
How the idea for Industry Nine came about
Clint’s insight on innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship
What makes Industry Nine’s cycling parts different from others in the industry
What client identifies as “the perfect mix” for entrepreneurship
Key milestones and turning points in Clint’s business
The importance of focus and keeping your edge when running a business
Tips for managing employees (Clint has about 90 currently)
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Music by Commonwealth Choir
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