United Prairie Focus on Success: Olympic Fire Protection

United Prairie Focus on Success: Olympic Fire Protection


I’m Josh Burgess, the Market President for
United Prairie Bank in Owatonna I’m here today with Olympic Fire Protection. So Blake, why don’t you to tell me about what you’re doing here. We offer a full line
of fire protection services starting from your fire extinguishers all the way
up to your overhead sprinklers. We do inspections, we do testing, we do
maintenance. Brody, can you tell me more about your facility here and where
you’re located. We are located on the north side of Owatonna on State Street. We do all of our sales here. We do our design work here and then we do all of
our own fabrication, we’re very unique in that aspect. We feel that our product is
better because we know what our product is doing and we know how it’s fabricated. But why don’t we rewind back to that day that we started talking about your purchase
of this company and some of the things that we’re going through your mind at
that point in time. Well I guess the biggest thing is how do you pay for
something like this. That was my whole issue. It was of the financial portion of
it. So it’s been quite amazing what you guys have done as far as just taking
care of us. You know, we looked around at a few different banks. We talked to a few
different banks. They weren’t gonna offer what you guys were gonna offer us
and you respected how the business had been here for so many years. It meant
something to you guys. We spent every dollar we had in our savings accounts as the buy-in for this so we didn’t have any money to start the
company. You know, you guys backed us for that. You guys helped us with our line of
credits. I mean, you push through everything that we needed to be able to
work those first several months to get out of the hole. What’s some of the ways
that United Prairie Bank has helped you on the depository side and helping
your business to operate more effectively and efficiently? The biggest
thing is is that you guys have offered us multiple options on how we do things
and regardless of the situations we’ve ran into, whether it be how do we pay for
this or what do we do if that happens or how do you protect our money, it all has
to fit together and what United Prairie Bank has done for us is backed us in any
situation or direction that we’ve wanted to go in. You guys have really taken this
business to the next level and really put a new spin on what you’re doing here
and so it’s been really exciting to watch that. You know, obviously fire
protection is a life-saving factor for people and it’s a great thing and we
really do care about the things that we do and without you guys it would be very
very tough to do that. So talk to me about the next 5, 10, 20 years into the future. Where do you see Olympic Fire Protection and how do you see the
bank helping you out with that. I want to grow because of the reputation that
we’ve built and we’re a darn good company and we do good work and you know with
our extinguisher division, I’d really like to see that side of it grow. That’s
where you guy,s United Prairie, steps in. At some point we’re gonna have to to
really borrow some money and we’re gonna need that team to step up and I think
we’ve got the right group involved so I really do appreciate everything you
guys have done.

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