Hey guys, i guess its time for me to at least give everyone some insight about what's going on here at FHP. because of certain internal problems beyond my control and a few things that just plain blindsided me, the future of FHP is very up in the air at the moment. a couple of months ago, scott handed in his resignation and stef followed suit also. i am here literally by myself trying to pick up the pieces and getting done what i can to help out the customers with what i have left.
i have to apologize to everyone about not answering the phone or emails except for a select few but it doesnt do much good for me talk to people about parts or engines when i cant supply them anyway. i didnt want to give anyone false hopes about getting parts i didnt have or couldnt get. "lots" of promises were made to me about parts getting cast and machined and they were empty for the most part. i cant sell "air" or parts i dont have as some would want you to believe.
as of right now FHP has "no" machining" capability and the company is not setup to operate totally on "outside" vendors. you're right "hillbilly", when a company needs some help to keep up with demand, you go looking for someone to help out with that which i tried to do on several occasions but was shut down on that. you also cant pay a "subcontractor" to do all the work at retail prices because that wont last very long also when you're the little guy.
i have been the one on here for the last year and a half as "admin" trying to help out the members with problems when i had time. i have been the one on the phone talking to customers and people and trying to help out with what i can. we brought the company over here from sweden as we thought anders had a good product and wanted to try and improve on it and get parts out to customers faster than what was getting done at the time. we accomplished that for awhile but i feel others saw the company and situation as a stepping stone for personal advancement and the basic needs of the company to continue in business and make money fell by the wayside rather quickly.
i have been here just about every day for the last 3 years trying to make things go but i cant do it by myself anymore. one person can only do so much and i still need a personal life too which hasnt happened for awhile. i've been too busy just trying to pay the bills and take care of customers. as i said, i'm here trying to finish up jobs i have in the shop now and getting what parts i have out to customers. i'm trying my best to finish up orders or provide refunds to people who have put deposits down on parts that i cant provide anymore. i dont want to leave anyone hanging if i can help it at all as i dont believe in doing business that way. i try to treat people as i would want to be treated, thats just the way i am. if there is anyone that any members know of that i need to talk with about pending orders or anything of that nature, i would appreciate that you pass the word about that.
where does all this leave FHP? aside from anders small interest in the company (he is still a partner) my family owns controlling interest in the company. as far as i'm concerned right now, if someone walks in the door tomorrow with a reasonable offer for all the assets and inventory of FHP, they can leave owning the company. my family has made a concious decision that we do not want to start a machine shop from scratch to keep the company going. that was never the plan as scott was supposed to hold up that end of it but now he's gone. we have just decided to try and find someone to take FHP and continue on with it.
now is a good time for someone to continue on with it as i have people calling and emailing everyday for parts and engines. there is plenty of business out there to keep 2 or 3 people busy here in the shop if the parts were on the shelves to supply them. i have here in my possession all the patterns that FHP owns to cast the parts, machining fixtures, programming, a decent supply of varied inventory on the shelves, polishing equipment, a computerized engine dyno and various other items that will go also. aside from personal tools and a few minor things, everthing will go that we have. the buyer will also have an established customer and dealer base ready to go.
this does not mean we are desperate or destitute by no means. i wont accept any ridiculous offers to try and steal things. this is business and will be handled accordingly. i will continue to sell things that i have for the moment and try to help out anyone i can. i am talking to a couple different people at the moment about the company but there is nothing definite on the table as of yet. if any of you guys are interested or know anyone that may be, please send them my way. i wont talk any particulars here but only in confindence with someone and it will stay in confindence until such a time as a sale can be done. i have a certain range of price that i am looking at but everything is negotiable. if someone walks in with a reasonable offer in the price range i want, they can have it. i wont hold it for anyone and play the bidding war just to drive the price up.
i will also do what i can on this end for a buyer to get going and make the transition as easy as possible. do i really want to do this? not at all. i like doing what i'm doing and want to see FHP continue on and grow. i just cant do it by myself anymore so this is the next option for me regardless if its the option i really want. if there are some serious inquiries out there and not just curious onlookers, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. any and all comments are welcome and i'll try to answer general comments time permitting. all business inquiries will be handled professionally and timely.
i would also like to take a minute to thank Pa for all he has done to try and keep this forum straight and running especially with all the problems we have on this end pertaining to the internet and all the sofware and hardware issues still left over from the hurricanes 2 years ago. i know it sounds like old excuses but the whole system down here still runs on basically band aids and patches. if there are any questions that Pa can help with, i'm sure he will be glad to do what he can, all you need to do is ask. he will get with me on anything he cant handle.
there you have it guys, right from the "horses mouth" as you would say. its crunch time now, if you want this forum to continue as it needs to, if you want FHP products to continue to be supplied to people all over the world as they need to be, do what you can to help me out with this issue. i am appealing to the combined "brainpower" of all the members as it is a large asset that is possessed here. this is not a "superficial" website. this site contains lots of people with a high degree of knowledge and expertise on plenty of things besides motorcycles. i'm just hoping a small part of it is thrown my way to get this issue worked out. thanks for listening to my babbling here and i'll be looking forward to hearing from you.