The Countertop Shop has plans to continue to be a family business for years to come. Says Mike, “I’m involved with the National Association of Countertop Fabricators and we are currently conducting a generation two study. My advice to those in the industry is to get the second generation involved and teach them to understand that the business is all about relationships. You have to network and make connections.”
Mike takes his own advice and currently two of his and Karen’s children work at The Countertop Shop. He recognizes the importance of making connections on both a National and local level and currently is a member of the Holland Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Toledo Area Small Business Association Board.
When asked, ‘why the Toledo Region?’ Mike can’t think of anywhere he’d rather have his business. A local St. John’s High School and University of Toledo graduate, it was natural for him to move back to the area after serving as a management officer in the Marine Corps. “I really don’t want to go anyplace else. I’ve been to Italy, Spain, California, Florida, Texas….and Toledo, Ohio is just a great place to be. I love the change of seasons and the people. We are a good economy here.”
The Countertop Shop currently has 35 full time employees. Stop by and browse the more than 300 slabs of countertop material that they have available on site, or speak with a consultant to design something custom. All of the countertops are cut and prepared for installation right at the shop on Airport Highway so quality can be guaranteed.
“I enjoy the people, the fact that our business is very successful, and that we’ve grown to this point, it was a tough road getting here. It’s enjoyable to come to work every day.” - Mike Langenderfer, Owner - The Countertop Shop