Curtis Hanvey Jr
Graduated from Clemson University, Clemson SC with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Materials/Ceramic Engineering with a specialty in equipment design and glass production.
Prior to moving into the grooming industry, Curtis was a production/special project engineer (with three major patents to his name) for a "Fortune 50" company, Pittsburgh PA based PPG Industries, Fiberglass Division, for 10 years. He left PPG to create and build his own company, "Hanvey Specialty Engineering".
August 2010, Curtis assisted in the formation of Hanvey Engineering & Design, LLC by his sons Christopher Hanvey and Ryan Hanvey. Both of his sons are bringing in fresh new ideas for future expansion of the Hanvey product line with expansions into non-pet industry markets, thus the name is different but the quality is the same premium quality and service you have grown to expect from anything with the Hanvey name on it.
Curtis is the son of a Groomer. He found himself designing and building grooming equipment for his mother after she introduced him to his first groom trade show(Atlanta Pet Fair) in 1992. ("Many thanks to Ann Stafford who founded the Atlanta Pet Fair.")
Curtis recalls," Yes, my mom put 'THE' guilt trip on me. Well.... since I am her son and a design engineer, she wanted good... No.... GREAT tools and equipment to work with. I started by creating the first version of the LIPSystem because the olds style grooming arm kept falling and hitting her dogs across the head. It was not called the LIPsystem at that time. I really enjoyed helping her and really loved seeing that I could design away many of her hassles just like I had already been doing in my "professional career" with PPG Industries. I have a way of finding what we call, "The Hanvey Edge". Take out dated designs and make them do things that have not been done before within that technology. The "edge" always revolves around the theme of reducing some stress and strain, or every day hassle that causes a professional Groomer to experience that well known occasional 'burn-out' cycle. The "Edge" can put the fun back into the profession. Any groomer understands what I mean by burn-out. It was just too exciting to see her tell me, "I enjoy grooming!" My designs made a dramatic improvement. Oh! My mom is my strongest critic and my second half in the brain storming process of grooming equipment design. I also try very hard to treat every Hanvey Client as if they are family and will do everything I can to help them feel less "beat up" at the end of the groom day. "
Questions and Answers.
Curtis, what is it with you and your competitors?
Curtis - "Which competition? We are pushing the envelope on quality and functionality to a point where the latest technology is more readily available to more groomers than ever. Since we have an engineer on staff, we can offer highly improved system design and do it at a price that is within the budget of most Groomers yet profitable to assure that we will be here tomorrow to serve them.
Do you have any closing comments regarding "Competitive Market Forces"?|
Curtis - "Competition is what makes a good company great. We have been around since the mid 1990's, about 12 years, and our commitment to the grooming industry is paramount. We survived the critical first years when 4 out of 5 businesses normally fail. We want our competition to be profitable, viable so they can stick around because it is healthy for the industry and good for the Groomers who depend on us to have a health competitive environment. Good strong competitive forces "weeds out" companies that are weak and builds up the companies that have the best vision and purpose.....
We are here to help Groomers grow. We are here to stay.
We are here to end groomer burn out!"
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