In 2001 Orion Henderson walked through the doors of Horton Brasses Inc. to begin a day of work. He wasn’t just another employee hired to work at the company. He was the fourth generation to work at the family business. And this wasn’t his first job. At the age of 26, he was beginning the ascent to become the company’s leader. Unbeknownst to him at the time was how quickly that role would be his.
In 2007 his time had arrived. His parents were ready to hand off the business, and plans were made and executed. The next few years, as most of us know, were challenging. Leading up to and after Orion took over the helm, Horton Brasses took steps to modernized the company, including its hardware which has been the focus of the family business since its inception in 1936. (Even before the Depression as you’ll hear in our conversation.)
360 WoodWorking sat down with Orion Henderson for a casual conversation about the company’s beginning and family members who influenced its path to what it’s like to step into the business to products, catalogs and where Horton Brasses goes in the future. To hear Orion’s own words, click the audio player immediately below each question.
1. How did Horton Brasses get its start? Was there some specific event that triggered the start of the company?