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James "Jim" Sharpe (Extrusion Technology), HBS 1976, spent the early part of his career at General Electric, where he eventually had P&L responsibility for $15 million in sales and 100 employees. He then joined Hoover Universal, where he had P&L responsibility for $30 million in sales and unionized plant sites with over 400 employees. From there he served as president for Brown Machine Company, a subsidiary of John Brown, Inc., and then for a larger company within the same group. He had always wanted to own his own business, though, and by 1987 he was ready. He spent months looking for an opportunity and finally found it in Extrusion Technology, Inc., a small manufacturing company in Massachusetts that provides customized metal parts to diverse industries. Jim described his experiences in an interview from his office at Extrusion Technology in January 2003.