Charley invested fifteen hundred dollars. With that investment, they purchased a Helmold bender, bending dies, rule cutter, bridger, miter, and a small pin jig-saw. Eugene gutted a small house next to his home in Randolph, Missouri. He mixed the concrete, poured a floor in the old house, and set up shop. As his business grew, the small jig-saw was not large enough for the work he was getting. Money being tight, Eugene and Charley, who were also metal workers, built a large jig-saw using two I-beams, an angle iron, and a large plate of steal. They modified an old refrigerator compressor to hold the bottom pin of the saw blade, hooked up a motor to the compressor, and had themselves a working larger jig-saw.