Man quits job, succeeds in pinball-building business

Man quits job, succeeds in pinball-building business


AD.
KATHY: THANKS, PATRICK.
THREE YEARS AGO, A WISCONSIN MAN
QUIT HIS JOB TO FOLLOW HIS
DREAMS
JOYCE: WISN 12 NEWS’ TIM ELLIOTT
BRINGS US TO THE MAN WHO RISKED
IT ALL ON AN INDUSTRY WITH
LITTLE COMPETITION.
>>WELCOME TO BENTON, POPULATION
973.
THIS SLEEPY FARMING VILLAGE IS
NESTLED AMID THE ROLLING HILLS
OF SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN.
BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS
BEAUTY AND TRANQUILITY, YOU’LL
FIND SOMETHING UNCOMMON.
>>THE FACT THAT THIS PLACE EVEN
EXISTS TO ME IS STILL AMAZING.
>>IN THIS 5,000 SQUARE FOOT
BUILDING —
>>ALRIGHT WE WILL START OVER
HERE.
>>– CHARLIE AND HIS NINE
FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES DESIGN.
>>RIGHT HERE IS A PLAY FIELD.
>>BUILD.
>>OVER HERE THIS IS OUR CABINET
ASSEMBLY.
>>AND SHIP.
>>THESE ARE GAMES THAT ARE
BOXED UP. THIS ONE IS GOING TO
NEW ZEALAND.
I’M ACTUALLY HAVING A GOOD GAME
HERE.
I LOVE ALL THINGS SPOOKY, WEIRD,
CLASSIC HORROR FILMS AND I LOVE
PINBALL.
>>IN 2013, CHARLIE EMERY
DECIDED HE NEEDED A CHANGE.
>>WELL WHEN I LEFT MY OLD JOB I
HAD BEEN THERE FOR 21 YEARS AND
, TO USE THE WORD TERRIFYING
WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT.
HE LEFT HIS JOB IN THE PRINT
INDUSTRY AND STARTED SPOOKY
PINBALL, LLC.
>>YOU BUILD PINBALL MACHINES?
I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THEY STILL
BUILD THOSE.
>>LUCAS KASTNER IS ONE OF
SPOOKY’S SENIOR EMPLOYEES.
HE SAYS THE INDUSTRY IS SEEING A
BOUNCE BACK OF THANKS TO
DEDICATED FANS.
>>SOME GUYS REALLY LIKE
PINBALL.
>>MAKING THESE MACHINES IS NOT
EASY.
WITH A TON OF WIRING, SWITCHES,
AND POTENTIAL PITFALLS, CHARLIE
AND HIS CREW CONSTANTLY HAVE TO
BE ON THEIR GAME.
>>IT IS LIKE BUILDING A CAR,
THERE’S A MILLION PARTS IN THESE
THINGS AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE
EVERY SINGLE THING RIGHT.
>>SPOOKY’S FIRST PINBALL
GAME IS RIGHT HERE.
IT’S CALLED AMERICA’S MOST
HAUNTED.
THEY MADE 150 OF THESE AND THEY
ARE ALL SOLD OUT.
THEIR NEXT PROJECT, RIGHT HERE.
IT’S A ROB ZOMBIE THEMED PINBALL
MACHINE.
THEY ARE MAKING 300 OF THESE AND
YOU GUESSED IT, THEY ARE SOLD
OUT AS WELL.
>>WE HAVE A LOT OF GAMES TO
BUILD OVER THE COURSE OF THE
NEXT 12 TO 18 MONTHS.
♪♪
>>AND WITH BUSINESS BOOMING,
CHARLIE’S FUTURE IS FAR FROM
FRIGHTENING.
>>I HAVE NO PLAN B.
I AM PLAYING PINBALL AND
BUILDING GAMES THE REST OF MY
LIFE PERIOD.
>>HEY, NOT BAD, NOT BAD AT ALL.
>>IN BENTON, WISCONSIN, TIM
ELLIOTT WISN 12 NEWS.
JOYCE: HOW FUN IS THAT?
EACH ONE OF CHARLIE’S CREATIONS
SELLS FOR ABOUT $6,000.

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