For the family that runs Poly-Tainer Inc., dinner time is no time to discuss work.
And lunch time is rarely the time either.
Founder Paul Strong, who started the company in 1971, knows the importance of not mixing family and work life.
“We manage as a family to have dinner at least once a month with the kids. We do not discuss business,” he said. “At work, we each lunch all together, and rarely talk business.
“You have to take a break some particular time, although you can never forget the business is always there in a family business,” Strong said.
Strong has largely stepped away from the extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding company with his daughter Julie Williams now serving as president, and son-in-law Tim Williams as chief financial officer. Stephanie Strong, Paul's wife, is vice president.
“We all understand the problems and issues of running a small family business. Any initial conflicts are combated by frank and open discussion,” he said.
“My daughter worked from the ground up in my company and I knew when it was time to let the reins go. Initially I left her alone for a few months, but I got bored so I decided to return just to oversee,” Strong said.
He said he now, as chairman, keeps in the background of the business.
Strong is now the big picture guy. “My function really is to see the forest from the trees. When you are running a 24/7 multiple plant operation, there are so many distractions. You need to have at least somebody to look at the long term,” he said.