Owning It: Amodex President Breaks The Manufacturing Mold

By Chris Bosak
The News-Times, Danbury, Conn.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Beverlee Fatse Dacey shares her experience of taking over the family manufacturing business. She said that her dad had some misgivings about turning the company over to his daughter. She says, “He felt manufacturing was not a women’s profession. He said he wished I was a boy because I’d be perfect for it. I told myself: ‘Oh, you’re going to eat those words,'” she said. “But he didn’t have a succession plan. He thought he was going to live forever.”

The News-Times, Danbury, Conn.

Beverlee Fatse Dacey is proud of who she is and where she came from.

A banner-waving baby boomer and granddaughter to two immigrant entrepreneurs, Dacey is president of Amodex, a Bridgeport manufacturing company founded by her parents, A. Peter and Sylvia Fatse, in 1958.

The company makes an ink and stain remover product and includes six people: Dacey, her husband and their four children — two sets of twins.

“History will say the baby boomer generation was amazing. History will say we are the last generation that grew up with a lot of creative sparkle,” she said from a small conference room in Amodex’s building on State Street.

“That’s a skill that has served us well. We definitely don’t just coast. We become significant players.

“I see myself as part of a bigger whole with my peers,” she added.

She backs up that claim by volunteering as a board member of the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund and the New Haven Manufacturers Association. With the CMIF, Dacey takes pride in representing small manufacturers throughout the state.

“It’s not about me, but what I can do to make things better for others,” she said. “It’s exciting to be on this board and be the voice for the little business. It’s challenging and rewarding.”

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