Return Of The Mac Tools franchise to Wales
LOCAL Classic car enthusiast and self confessed ‘tool-head’ Jonathan Whiskerd, 49, is bringing world leading Mac Tools products to garages and businesses in Aberystwyth, Brecon and the Rhondda Valley.
Established in the USA 70 years ago, and in the UK for over20 years, Mac Tools is part of the Stanley Black & Decker Group and includes leading industrial and automotive brands Facom and Britool.
‘Mac Man’ Jonathan said: “It’s about time there was some competition in the area and Mac Tools really do offer a fantastic range of products. I’ve had such a good reception from customers - they say it’s like being a kid in a sweet shop!”
Jonathan has had a varied career, beginning with a fabrication and welding apprenticeship, then as a draughtsman for a refrigeration engineering company, and finally moving onto retail management with Kwiksave and B&Q. In 2006 Jonathan became a sub-post master when he and his wife, Beverley, opened a Premier Store Post Office in Hendy, Pontarddulais. When the recession started affecting the business, Jonathan decided to look for other opportunities while Beverley carried on running the store.
“I’ve always had a passion for cars and tools, so taking on Mac Tools was a natural choice for me.”
Jonathan recently restored a 1962 Mark 10 Jaguar, and previously built a VW Beetle from scratch.
Before opening his Mac Tools business, Jonathan went over to the company’s Tool School in Ohio, USA, for some intensive training.
Jonathan: “It was superb. I was there for 9 days and it was full on. The training was really in-depth and got me into what Mac Tools is all about. When I left I was raring to go!”
After more training in the UK, Jonathan was out on the road supported by one of Mac Tools regional field managers for a couple of weeks.
“It’s going really well. Although we are still feeling the recession garages are busier because people are fixing their old cars rather than buying new ones. I’m really enjoying meeting new customers and talking about tools all day!”