Nashville Compressor December 2018



If you ask 10 kids what they want to be when they grow up, I’d be willing to bet none of them would say, “I want to run an air compressor company.” But maybe they should. In my experience, it’s an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career — one I’m very grateful for. I’m especially lucky because I didn’t find the career so much as it found me. I was training to be an aviation technician when 9/11 happened. Of course, my immediate reaction was the same as everyone’s. I was dismayed, horrified, and stunned. “How could something like this happen?” I thought. In my case, grappling with a national tragedy unlike any I’d ever experienced also meant coming to terms with the fact that the career I had planned for myself wasn’t much of an option anymore.

So I began a job at an air compressor company, gradually working my way up over a number of years and falling in love with the industry. Eventually, I learned enough about the business to know that the customers weren’t being served as well as they could be. With that in mind, I decided to open Atlanta Compressor, our original location. As we grew, we later opened Charlotte Compressor and Nashville Compressor. From the start, the purpose of our company has been to provide peace of mind to our customers. In order to achieve that, we rely on a combination of the latest technology and doing business the old- fashioned way. We care about the people we serve and treat them how we’d want to be treated. Our level of service and care is something you won’t find anywhere else. We are fortunate enough to do jobs for some of the most elite corporations in the world. That’s a great honor, but it’s also a great responsibility. It means we have to perform to their standards of excellence. At this point, you still may not be convinced that installing and repairing compressed air systems is every bit as glamorous and stimulating as maintaining an aircraft. Honestly, I get it. On the surface, it seems like the opposite of exciting. Once you look a little closer, though, you realize that designing and installing these systems is like solving a complex engineering puzzle. Every system we build is customized to meet the needs of our client, so no two projects are ever the same. Additionally, the ever-changing nature of the technology in our field ensures that there will always be something fresh to learn and a new level of mastery to reach. More than anything, it’s our customers and employees who inspire me to constantly improve. We say our purpose is to provide peace of mind because that’s much more valuable than any single product. It requires delivering on your promises and working to a level that instills a sense of security and confidence. It challenges us to deliver our best with every single customer and on every single project. It’s a lot to live up to, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. –Morty Hodge

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