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Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Greg Schmieler, vice president of Laurel Awning Co.

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What is your industry prediction?

Increased legal requirements and building codes are adding to an already complex industry. In the next five years, I think we’ll see “ma and pa” awning businesses selling out to larger awning companies.

What is your the best advice?

There is no secret to success. You have to be goal oriented. You have to work hard. And you can’t fear change.

What is your business philosophy?

Never give up. Never give up. Never give up. Keep working. Never give up.

What is your business challenge?

We’ve had trouble in the past with suppliers shipping late, or shipping damaged or dirty materials, so I’ve spent the last six months putting new suppliers in place.

Sigrid Tornquist is a freelance author and editor based in St. Paul, Minn.

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