Veteran Finds Profits with Pirtek Franchise
Selling hydraulic and pneumatic hoses to businesses wasn’t even on Jim Lager’s radar.
The Army veteran, who exited in 1992 as a Specialist, was successful already as the owner of five Snap-on Tools franchise operations in Dallas, TX. But in 2010, he segued to a different franchise - Pirtek. The company boasts nearly 400 units in 23 countries around the world and has more than 30 years of experience in the hydraulic and pneumatic hose-replacement space.
“I drug my feet for about six months before making the switch,” Lager says. “It doesn’t jump out at you, because it’s not McDonald’s. And at the time, it was 2010. Banks weren’t lending back then,” he recalls. “I had a challenge there. I had to mortgage Snap-on to get into Pirtek. It was a matter of holding on to my safety net. It was a little bit scary.”
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