Business name: Robert Davis & Son, Inc.
Address: 832 North State Route 1, Milford
Phone number: 815-889-4168
Owner: John Davis
Opening date: 1933
Hours: 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. until noon Saturdays
What does this business do?
Welding — repairs and manufacturing. We’re the manufacturer of Field Pup fuel trailers.
What was the reason for starting this business?
My grandfather, Robert “Bob” Davis, was a blacksmith on the move and decided to settle down in Milford, eventually starting a business.
What is the best thing about being located in Milford/Iroquois County?
The people are friendly. It’s an ag-area.
When is your busiest time of the year?
Depends on what the work is. A fuel trailer order can come at any time of the year, but when fieldwork begins and the farmers are getting equipment ready, or using it, that’s a busy time.
What is the most popular thing you sell/service you provide?
Welding repairs, manufacturing fuel trailers
What is the thing you most like to do as part of your business?
People coming in to visit
What is the best thing about owning your own business?
Being my own boss
What is the biggest downside?
Making the decisions
What is the biggest misconception about your business?
It’s not always known that it’s not just welding repairs that can be done. We can fix a flag pole or construct a smoker.
How would you describe your business philosophy?
Do the best work we can
When it comes time to retire is there a family member who will be taking over for you?
Hope our daughter.
How has your business changed over the years?
My grandfather was a blacksmith. My father did repairs and buildings of trailers. My brother and I continued trailers and created fuel trailers.
What advice would you give someone thinking about starting a business?
It depends on the location and type of business.