суббота, 3 марта 2012 г.

Air Apparent

In his first month in the compressed air business back in 1985, Paul Gelinas had nine machines at various gas stations and convenience stores in Maine. They took in a total of $172, and he had expenses of roughly $225.

"I was already starting to think that maybe this wasn't a very good idea," he said with a detectable note of understatement.

But the entrepreneurial Gelinas stayed with what was then a fairly new concept and eventually turned the math around in rather dramatic fashion.

Today, his venture, Chicopee-based Air Express, has more than 10,000 machines in dozens of states, with annual revenues exceeding $10 million. Gelinas is, by all accounts, the king of the …

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