How We Got Here


The Reserve Group was founded in 1995 by father and son, Dick & Mark Hamlin. However, the Hamlin family’s experience in managing industrial manufacturing spans back to 1933 when Dick’s father, Earl W. Hamlin, founded a small stamping business, Hamlin Metal Products in Akron, Ohio. The business flourished and became a major contributor to the effort during World War II. Unfortunately, Earl passed away too young and there were no family members in a position to continue leading the business. This led to the sale of Hamlin Metal Products in 1951.

Fast forward to 1965, Dick Hamlin, son of Earl, became an entrepreneur and started the R.M. Hamlin Construction Company where he went on to build some of the nicest homes in Akron, OH.  It wasn’t until 1975, at the back of St. Sebastian church where Dick had the opportunity to repurchase his father’s business, Hamlin Metal Products. The business was on the verge of insolvency and a friend approached Dick with the idea of buying it back. This began Dick Hamlin’s partnership with Dave Brennan and Jim McCready. The partnership led to the creation of The Brenlin Group, one of the first leverage buy out companies of its time. The Brenlin Group was focused on turn around acquisitions and would go on to acquire 18 portfolio companies combining over $1 billion in annual revenues. 

After a successful 20-year partnership, the founders of The Brenlin Group decided it was time for the partners to separate. The portfolio of businesses would be divided among the principals to begin the next chapter.

In 1995, Dick Hamlin and his son Mark Hamlin founded The Reserve Group.

The foundation portfolio companies included Scotland Manufacturing , Spartanburg Steel Products, Romeo RIM Inc. & Forged Products. Over the next 25 years, TRG would go on to acquire 14 new businesses and develop 2 partners in joint ventures. The Reserve Group continues to operate today as a fourth-generation family business.

A Timeline of Growth

1930’s

1933: Earl W. Hamlin starts the Hamlin Metal Products company in Akron, OH.

1940’s

1942: Earl W. Hamlin dies leaving Hamlin Metal Products to his wife and four children (Earl Jr., Dick, Jerry & Rita)

1945: Hamlin Metal Products is awarded the “Army / Navy Excellence in Performance of War Production”

1950’s

1951: Hamlin Metal Products is sold.

1960’s

1965: Dick Hamlin starts the R.M. Hamlin Construction Company, a residential home builder in Akron, OH.

1970’s

1975: Dick Hamlin, Dave Brennan & Jim McCready found The Brenlin Group and repurchase Hamlin Metal Products as the first portfolio company.

1979: The Brenlin Group acquires Scotland Manufacturing

1980’s

1982: The Brenlin Group acquires Romeo RIM & Spartanburg Steel Products. 

1984: The Brenlin Group acquires Forged Products Inc..

1990’s

1993: The Brenlin Group founders (Hamlin, Brennen McCready) announce a split-up. 

1995: Dick Hamlin & R. Mark Hamlin Jr. found The Reserve Group (TRG) with four foundational companies carried over from The Brenlin Group (Scotland Manufacturing, Spartanburg Steel Products, Romeo RIM Inc & Forged Products).

1997: TRG acquires Sharpsville Container.

1998: TRG acquires Gautier Steel

2000’s

2003: TRG partners with German automotive supplier Lapple to form LSP Automotive Systems. 

2004: TRG acquires Superior Fabrication.

2008: TRG acquires Integrated Biometrics

2010’s

2012: TRG acquires Lee Brass

2013: TRG acquires Great Lakes Castings.

2014: TRG acquires Modern Tool Inc.

2015: TRG acquires AMG Industries

2020’s

2021: TRG acquires East End Welding.



A Timeline of Growth

1930’s

1933: Earl W. Hamlin starts the Hamlin Metal Products company in Akron, OH.

1940’s

1942: Earl W. Hamlin dies leaving Hamlin Metal Products to his wife and four children (Earl Jr., Dick, Jerry & Rita)

1945: Hamlin Metal Products is awarded the “Army / Navy Excellence in Performance of War Production”

1950’s

1951: Hamlin Metal Products is sold.

1960’s

1965: Dick Hamlin starts the R.M. Hamlin Construction Company, a residential home builder in Akron, OH.

1970’s

1975: Dick Hamlin, Dave Brennan & Jim McCready found The Brenlin Group and repurchase Hamlin Metal Products as the first portfolio company.

1979: The Brenlin Group acquires Scotland Manufacturing

1980’s

1982: The Brenlin Group acquires Romeo RIMSpartanburg Steel Products, Inc

1984: The Brenlin Group acquires  Forged Products, Inc

1990’s

1993: The Brenlin Group founders (Hamlin, Brennen McCready) announce a split-up. 

1995: Dick Hamlin & R. Mark Hamlin Jr. found The Reserve Group (TRG) with four foundational companies carried over from The Brenlin Group (Scotland Manufacturing,  Spartanburg Steel Products Romeo RIM Inc &  Forged Products).

1997: TRG acquires  Sharpsville Container

1998: TRG acquires  Gautier Steel

2000’s

2003: TRG partners with German automotive supplier Lapple to form LSP Automotive Systems. 

2004: TRG acquires  Superior Fabrication

2008: TRG acquires  Integrated Biometrics

2010’s

2012: TRG acquires  Lee Brass

2013: TRG acquires  Great Lakes Casting

2014: TRG acquires Modern Tool, Inc.

2015: TRG acquires  AMG Industries

2020’s

2021: TRG acquires  East End Welding

The Servant Leadership Team

Mark Hamlin

CEO

Kevin Crowley

President

Keith Morris

Vice President

Honey Dennison

Vice President

Rick Mallett

Vice President

Richard Hamlin

CFO

Sandra Dickson

Corporate Controller

Patty Wolfe

Executive Assistant

Brian Taylor

Director

Cheryl Hambley

Executive Assistant

Jo Ann Bischetsrieder

Associate