TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc.)

Address: 5100 W. Brown Deer Road, Brown Deer, WI 53223

Website: www.taconet.com

Year founded: 1956

Product or service offered: Products and services in the traffic control, parking, signal, industrial safety and safety apparel markets.

Projected 2011 revenue: $35 million

CEO, President/Owner(s): Richard Bergholz, CEO and co-owner; John Kugel, president and co-owner; Andrew Bergholz, co-owner and vice president of sales; Jason Kugel, co-owner and vice president of new product development.

Target clientele: Businesses and Individuals who need parking signs, traffic signs and other related devices; municipalities; governmental agencies; and private industry.

Business organization memberships: ITE, IMSA, ATSSA, MMAC, BBB

What has fueled your company’s growth?

Our loyal customers and valued employees, who we’d like to acknowledge; our dedication to the production and distribution of high-value products and services; and product and market development and diversification.

What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?

The inability of our elected officials to come to an agreement over the long-overdue Transportation bill.

Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months?

We are streamlining our website, www.tapconet.com and we’re preparing to introduce green technologies for the traffic control market.

Who are the business people, locally or nationally, whom you admire? And what traits do those people exhibit that make you admire them?

We admire the entrepreneurs and employees who strive to maintain these United States as the best place in the world to live and work.

What is the outlook for the business conditions of your industry over the next several months?

The outlook is very uncertain due to the Federal government’s unwillingness to work together to forge agreements that will support and drive new investment.

What is your company’s key strategy for rising out of the recession?

Maintaining a high level of service to our customers; offering high-quality, reasonably-priced products and services; and introducing innovative safety solutions to the marketplace.

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