Rochester, Mich. — On the surface, Harman Corp. looks like a traditional American success story in manufacturing. Started by a father and son in the 1960s with separate expertise in design and sales, the company based in Rochester now sits comfortably in the hands of Kevin Harman, the grandson and son of the founders.
But scratch the veneer of this $10 million dip molder and you'll find a business embracing the digital economy with a unique expertise in marketing and one heading toward a culture change.
First, there's the core business: Harman Corp. makes millions of plastic caps annually that cover anything from closet racks to underground piping.
“Our caps and closures are really used for part protection. To keep dust and oil off. It's more industrial use. It's more shipping caps. If you need a rugged durable cap in an industrial application, we're your go to,” said Kevin Harman, 43, who added that if you name an industry, Harman Corp. sells into it.