July '19

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I n 2013 Scott DeLadurantaye bought Sealtech from the previous owners in British Columbia, Canada, and moved it to Michigan. Scott got into the business out of necessity when the economy crashed. He went to Florida and started doing mobile leak testing with a single used Sealtech unit he had purchased. His son, John, helps out in the manufacturing process along with his wife, Debbie, who helps run the office and Internet sales department. Scott boasts, "Everything we sell we build and assemble right here in Michigan. I've been lucky enough to work with my family pretty much my whole life." Scott says he is thankful at age 65 for his son's work because of some aspects of the manufacturing process are beyond his capabilities and are two-man jobs. "Debbie, Johnny and I manufacture here in Michigan for about six months out of the year and it's a must that we save time for traveling," he says. "We have a motorhome and we don't want to give up that lifestyle just to work our butts off. So, we build and manufacture for six months and then we enjoy the winter months RVing and hanging out in Florida." Scott still hand-builds and tests every machine personally. His goal is to ship out new Sealtech orders within 24 hours. "Since 2013, with the economy, the RV industry has been exploding," Scott says. "I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time. I'm a very blessed guy." SEALTECH MFG. SCOTT, DEBBIE AND JOHNNY DELADURANTAYE RV PRO: ALL IN THE FAMILY July 2019 • RV PRO • 39 W hereas the first generation of a family business has to learn things the hard way, chances are that the second genera- tion has a good resource for answers when tough situations arise. Such is the case for Felice One, Tuson RV Brakes manager and daughter of Tuson Corp. President Roger Tu and his wife and company Controller Frances Tu. "You know that you can always turn to them for support and advice because most likely they have experienced similar trials or obstacles and can help you navigate the situation," Felice says. "When you are a manager of a business, there is a lot of weight on your shoulders to direct your team in the right direction and they depend on you to provide solutions to the difficult problems. It can be hard to be vulnerable and admit that you are having trouble. But with family members in the business and in the RV industry, I feel more comfortable sharing tough problems with family and knowing that they are always willing to listen, never judging me, and will always want what's best for me and the company." Felice started with the parent company before her father entrusted her to manage Tuson RV Brakes. She says the change has been an exciting challenge and that she is constantly learning about the industry. "It was rewarding for me when my dad asked me to manage Tuson RV Brakes and to hear him say that he is proud of me after seeing me engaging with RV customers and how hands-on I am with learning the RV industry and our trailer safety products," she says. Felice admits she sometimes struggles to separate her work and personal life, as the family business has been an important part of her life from childhood. Even at birthdays and holidays, the conversation tends to move toward business. But she says working with her parents has her more at ease than she would be working for someone impersonal who may not have her best interests at heart. "Because they are my parents, it's much easier for me to approach them about business decisions," she says. "I'm not worried about what my boss thinks of me, and most of the business conversations are pretty relaxed." TUSON RV BRAKES FELICE ONE AND ROGER AND FRANCES TU

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