Wolfgang Dreja and Bill had become close friends years earlier in Stuttgart and Wolfgang called his American pal with an interesting business opportunity. Bill still smiles when he recalls that telephone conversation: “Wolfgang asked me if I’d like to source inch-sized ball bearings for export to Germany and despite being happy to receive his call, I said that’s a great idea, what’s a ball bearing?”
German market, H&H Exports soon exported to other European countries such as the United Kingdom.
In the late 1970’s, Bill travelled throughout continental Europe visiting bearing distributors from Germany to Poland. The H&H offering was innovative for the time in that pricing was quoted in the customer’s currency and landed at their airport.
H&H Exports quickly became a key source to those distributors already recognized as their country’s primary source for American replacement parts. Over the years, H&H Exports expanded its business throughout Europe and Asia.