DAVID'S HEAVY DUTY TOOL SALES
David Martin has a guiding principle when making decisions, including the decision to open his own business. “I only do something if it’s a help, a blessing, to other people,” said David, owner of David’s Heavy Duty Tool Sales, 3911 Leland St. in downtown Comstock Park. David sells diagnostic equipment for diesel engines. His business specializes in heavy duty repair tools. They provide diagnostic software, hardware, and laptop kits for every diesel engine. The technology diagnoses an engine issue and the necessary repairs. “If you have a part that’s bad, you need special tools to replace the part,” explained David. “We sell the tools.”
His sales area is the United States and Canada. David said that he tries to make sure the tools he sells are manufactured in North America and noted, “That’s a big thing to my customers. Most of my customers are blue collar guys, and they want the best,” said David. “They know tools made here keep each other working."
Since he got out of the Marines thirty years ago, David has worked in sales, starting in a record shop in Yuma, Arizona. He said the shop was the first in the area to sell CDs. Since then he has sold everything from jewelry, to computers and hi-tech equipment, and has worked in the mortgage industry.
He was hired in 2011 by a company that sells diagnostic equipment for diesel engines like he currently sells. A little over a year ago, he got the itch to go into business for himself and opened David’s Heavy Duty Tool Sales operating it out of his home. His son Trevor was living at home after serving in the Marines, and David hired him. As business grew and he hired more employees, it became awkward having people coming and going at home, and in April of this year he leased his current 1000 square foot space. Since he has no physical product on site, the space is all office area. There are now five employees including David who do everything from sales, to running the day-to-day operations.
A large part of David’s job involves traveling to customers especially along the southern trucking corridor through Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. He said he doesn’t have to advertise, and he just does trade shows, David prides himself in customizing his service to offer often hard to find specialized products.
David, who is originally from Grand Rapids, graduated from West Catholic High School and went into the Marine Corp shortly after that. His wife Lisa (Giglio), is from Comstock Park. She also went to West Catholic High School and is the parish secretary for Holy Family Catholic Church in Sparta. The two live in Comstock Park. They have four grown children including Trevor who still works in his father’s business. When he’s not working, David likes off-roading in his jeep, camping, and fishing.