The ‘Bales Girls’ Are Making Dad Proud
After father’s death, daughters take over family plating shop.
On page 9 of this issue in our news section, you’re going to read about Stacey Bales and her sister, Sara Mortensen, of Downers Grove, Illinois receiving a business excellence award from a Chicago newspaper.
Stacey and Sara are owners of Bales Metal Surface Solutions, a firm they both grew up in since they were teens. Their dad, Steve, started it with his brother, Mike. Back then, Steve and Mike—who also owned a shop in Harlingen, Texas—were known as the ‘Bales Boys’ amongst those in the industry.
Stacey and Sara received the award on behalf of their company because of its tremendous growth, innovation, entrepreneurship and contribution to their community. Sales are up, the company has a new website that rivals any in the industry, and the work the company puts out takes a backseat to no one.
But behind the award and the smiles in their photo is story of gritty determination, periods of grief, savvy business skills, and an unstoppable work ethic.