On our way back from UBM East this summer, after a visit with our friends at Medtronic, Brad and I popped into Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1925, it is one of the oldest and best-known pizzerias in the United States. It came highly recommended by our friends at Medtronic and was touted as a definite must-do while we were in town.
Brad and I were game. Or who are we kidding, it was a no brainer. We’re foodies at heart and love to explore local dining options when we travel. The day of our visit it was standing room only and the line was out the door. If patrons were willing to wait so long, we knew it had to be amazing. Frank Pepe Pizzeria didn’t disappoint. It was food heaven and a great cap to our trade show travels.
Taking in all the nostalgia along the walls of the restaurant, a thought occurred to me. Genesis Plastics Welding isn’t that different from this world famous pizzeria. I know… you’re thinking Tom, really?! How are a famous tomato and cheese pie and RF welding connected? Bear with me, friends. It’s simpler than you think.
Frank, a quintessential Italian immigrant, was a family man with a dream. He immigrated to the United States in 1909, at the age of 16. With little more than his strong work ethic, he took a chance on entrepreneurialism and built something amazing that has become a sought out destination for so many. Over the years, the Pepe family has stayed true to their roots as they’ve grown. They haven’t changed the parts of their business that work or the things their customers love. They are committed to the tradition of the food, quality and the communities they serve. For Frank Pepe Pizzeria, all of that has become a winning combination that drives their continued success year after year.
Like Frank Pepe Pizzeria, Genesis was built on an entrepreneurial dream. The company was born in 1987 as the vision of my father-in-law, Robert Smith. I’m extremely proud to stand at the helm today and carry on the traditions he started. Yes, we’ve honed our RF welding craft over the years and added space, employees and certifications, but we have also stayed close to our roots. At the heart of Genesis we’re still a family-owned business, committed to being our clients’ trusted manufacturing partner, providing quality parts and serving the community. We’re honored that over the last decade what we do best has allowed us to become a sought after destination as well – not for pizza pie, but for those looking to outsource the manufacture of the RF heat sealed products and devices.
Cheers to the Pepe family and the Genesis family. Here’s to many more years of doing what we’re best at!