New Ownership, New Outlook for Fibrenew Saskatoon
Everybody dreams about being their own boss and implementing the business values and missions that are important to the quality of work they perform. Why spend a lifetime making someone else’s company successful when you can invest that time and effort into your own future? Mike Taylor recently made his dream a reality when he took over Fibrenew Saskatoon, injecting new life into the city’s mobile restoration and repair service for leather, plastic and vinyl.
Taylor’s style of management and his evolving vision will no doubt create new partnerships for his business within the vast array of markets available. As a former journeyman automotive technician and service manager, he often felt stuck with his inability to implement business growth for his former employer. “Being my own boss is a big thing,” he explains. Prior to purchasing the Fibrenew Saskatoon franchise, he thought about how his hands-on skills and expansion ideas could be put to concrete use. “I had heard of Fibrenew, so [when the Saskatoon franchise became available] I knew I could make it my own and grow it the way I wanted. I see a ton of potential out there. This is my business, not my job.”
Taylor has been actively pursuing the previously untapped market in his city and expanding the existing client base. Currently, Fibrenew Saskatoon successfully completes a good mixture of furniture repairs and RV interior restoration. Taylor states he’s the “one-stop guy” to turn to, with plans of growing his vinyl siding services this spring.
His vision not limited to the here and now, Taylor is already hard at work fulfilling his five-year goal. He foresees two or three Fibrenew technicians assisting him, with his main role being mostly administrative where he can keep planning and implementing the revenue-generating visions he has for his business. Taylor currently has a home shop where he completes a portion of his contracts (“I still do on-the-spot jobs, as well.”) but plans on eventually establishing a Fibrenew Saskatoon store front.
Taylor’s entry into the Fibrenew brand was unique in that he has taken over an existing franchise and worked directly with the Fibrenew Development Team during the transition. He sees nothing but growth from his current standpoint. “I knew it’d be long days and many nerve wracking hours,” he admits. “But it’s different than working for someone else. If my wife, Violet, wasn’t helping me with the books, I’d be losing my mind!” he laughs. “And I can see her getting more involved sometime soon — she’s very artistic.”
Between maintaining a new business and maintaining a personal life, Taylor says he and his wife are both committed to fitness through Cross-Fit and exercising with their dogs. He also dabbles in old-car restoration, such as his ongoing ’52 Bel Air hard-top restoration project. In the meantime, as he introduces his new business to the City of Saskatoon, Taylor emphasizes, “It’s a new Fibrenew. I stand behind my quality and my integrity.”
In need of Leather Repair or Plastic and Vinyl Restoration in Saskatoon? Contact Mike Taylor at Fibrenew Saskatoon today: www.fibrenew.com/saskatoon or Phone: 306.975.8888