1. R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

    R.R. LeDuc Corporation, Holyoke precision sheet metal business, reaches half-century mark

    Robert R. Leduc, president and founder of a precision sheet metal fabrication and custom powder-coating business in Holyoke, looks young for an octogenarian. Bob, as he's known, is 80 years old but could easily pass for a much younger man. "I'm 80 1/2 years old," LeDuc said precisely, sounding like someone who has worked in a precision industry for the past 50 years. "It's my passion. I have no desire to retire," said the father of six adult children, some of whom will take over leadership of R.R. LeDuc Corp. when the time is right ...

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    1. It's my passion. I have no desire to retire.
    2. We do a lot of work with contract manufacturers.
    3. Most of the people who are here are lifers.
    4. The key to staying in business for 50 years is to know the customer, be flexible, keep up with the times, and do what needs to be done.
    5. In the old days, with a smaller crew, everyone knew everyone's families and it was a close bond.
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