MILITARYMULE wrote:Several years ago I asked John Emery to work with Bill W and to buy his inventory on my behalf & he agreed. This was kept quiet. My involving my good friend Emery was necessary following the falling out that Bill W and I had after Bill W bought the parts from Leonard Groves out from under Kevin Winrick(Groves shop manager & the most knowledgeable mule guy alive). Kevin was a real loss to the mule community. To further alienate Watson I bought the parts Bill W was sending to the scrap yard(2 semi loads--net parts weight 48,564 #s) from Bill's hired hand at Groves & the scrap yard, saving them from the arc furnace. Following my actions I felt that Bill would not sell to me. For those of you who do not know of Leonard Groves, he was the largest & most successful mule business operator operating out of State College, PA. for many years. He had at his peak several hundred mules in stock and a shop employing 4 men. A real gentleman. Now back to my story. Emery wanted to rebuild mule engines and he and I agreed that he'd buy Watson's stuff for me and I would market the engines that Emery built. The arrangements went so far as to discussions on how Bill W would be paid(my $$$), how trucking would be handled(my ABF account), and that I would pay Emery an hourly wage for his labor to load the parts and ship to me. Emery said that he did not have the money or desire to buy Watson's parts. We discussed his progress with Bill W recently & on a regular basis for several years. Now John decides not to live up to our agreement and to buy Watson's inventory for himself with the supposed story that he needs to create a job for his sister & his machine shop business is slow. Friends stop at the bank or when Emery sees a few $$$ to be made. I have never had a supposed friend treat me in this fashion and am still in shock. When my "friend" Emery gets into the parts business expect heavily discounted pricing on parts that Emery has in stock. I'm working on a pricing structure still not finalized that will include deep discounts & may eventually include free parts to make Emery's payback of borrowed $$ difficult. A nice thing about having been in the mule business for years is that my inventory has been paid for with profits from sales for years and is free & clear giving me the latitude to price things at any level I see as necessary. When I called Emery he says that we never had a deal, yet he talked of things changing & the need to create work for his sister.
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