Progressive Thinking and Old-Fashioned Values
For over three generations Flagel Huber Flagel (FHF) and St. Henry Tile Company Inc. have worked together – combining progressive thinking and old-fashioned values – to build a legacy of impact on their communities.
In 1960 when he co-founded St. Henry Tile Company, WWII veteran Al Homan didn’t set out to build a multi-million-dollar, multi-state, multi- generational family business. At the time, Homan was both a dairy farmer and a lab employee at the Pet Milk plant. Homan’s daughter, and current Board Member, Nancy Subler, shares, “Dad only had a grade school education, but he was very smart. He didn’t set out with a specific plan to grow the business, but every time he saw an opportunity, he’d take that next step.”
Today, some sixty years later, St. Henry Tile Company has grown from a small concrete tile company into an efficient network of quarries, plants, and distribution centers serving customers across Ohio and Indiana with concrete and masonry materials, pre-cast concrete, sand and stone aggregates, drainage materials, and other construction solutions.
Subler shares, “Dad was all about being fair, being responsible, sharing profits and giving back. We continue to do business according to those values. The company has always been full of good thinkers and smart people. Dad wanted to pass the company on, so he gave the younger people (us) the chance to make our own decisions. Now our children and grandchildren are bringing new ideas. It is a matter of letting go and letting them do it.”
Kevin Hagstrom, FHF Partner, says, “Decades ago when we started working together, they just needed simple tax and accounting services. As the company has grown and increased operations, made acquisitions, opened satellite locations, created a profit-sharing plan, and invested in the community – the expertise needed has expanded.”
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For over three generations Flagel Huber Flagel (FHF) and St. Henry Tile Company Inc. have worked together, combining progressive thinking and old-fashioned values to build a legacy of impact on their communities.
Sustaining Growth for Generations
Hagstrom continues, “They have such an incredible combination of progressive leadership and old-fashioned values. The company is continually pouring investments into the needs of the company, the employees and the community, and making investments for the future so they can continue to build value for generations to come.”
“Honestly, since I’ve worked with the company for the past 20 years, their revenue has grown year after year – with very few bumps in the road. They are a company full of smart people. They work hard. They treat their employees right. They treat their customers right. And lo-and-behold, they have a well-run and profitable company.”
For almost 90 years FHF has shared those same values and has focused on building a reputation as a client-centered CPA firm with a genuine desire to help communities thrive. Hagstrom believes the key to the decades-long client relationship with St. Henry Tile Company, Inc. is hard work, integrity, mutual respect, and trust.
Subler agrees, adding, “The magic with them – when you have two companies who have the same values and trust each other, it just works.”
In 1960, if Al Homan could have looked forward, it is doubtful even he could have imagined the legacy he and his co-founders would leave behind. Today, four of Al & Bernie’s nine children, many of their grandchildren, as well as multiple nieces, nephews, in-laws, neighbors and friends, work in the business.
Says Subler, “We foresee a 4th generation of success and beyond.”
So do we, Nancy. So do we.