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Gainesville manufacturing company owner shares secret to 50 years of success
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Bill Chandler is the owner at Chandler Equipment Co., a farm equipment manufacturer. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary on July 25. - photo by Austin Steele
Fifty years ago, Bill Chandler borrowed $1,000 from the bank to open up a farming equipment business. He was a teacher in North Hall, but his income wasn’t paying the bills. “I was trying to earn a living and I always wanted to be in some kind of business,” Chandler said. What started off with three people and $9,000 in profits the first year, transformed to a 90-staff team and making $16-17 million per year.