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Global pinball supplier ships from SC Midlands

Yesterday, we spoke with an entrepreneur who recently opened a pinball-only pub in Columbia’s Five Points. He told us that one of the reasons he chose Columbia was because of our next guest’s pinball warehouse being located in the area that could quickly supply him with the parts and supplies he needed. Mike Switzer interviews Paul Mandeltort, CEO of Marco Specialties in Lexington, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.