O & D Manufacturing, Inc. has been in operation since 1965. In 1976, Lewis Orms nervously decided to take a leap of faith and quit his job with Texas Eastman after 17 years to help his Dad and brothers with a machine shop business they had been operating. In the beginning, they operated out of a 16’ x 20’ garage they converted into a shop. It housed one small engine lathe which was utilized to machine brass and bronze parts for the oil field. Friends they had made in the oil industry helped this struggling start up begin to prosper. Orders placed with Mr. Orms were completed at night by his brothers who worked regular day jobs. This arrangement proved to be successful and the company began to grow. The oil boom dictated a need to adding a foundry to the manufacturing business, so castings could be produced and supplied to the machine shop. This greatly improved the company’s capabilities. The in-house production resulted in faster deliveries and shorter customer down time for the corporation. During today’s tough economic times, the company shows continued growth with no debt obligations, over 43,000 square feet of manufacturing area and up to 45 employees.
O & D Manufacturing, Inc. is a dynamic centrifugal bronze foundry and precision machining company serving the United States and parts of Canada. Their specialty is providing a wide array of copper based brass and bronze components and materials of all types. Lewis Orms is the President and CEO of the foundry located in White Oak, Texas. O & D Manufacturing, Inc. has maintained a solid sales record even during these tough economic times. Operating as an S-Corp, O & D Manufacturing, Inc. is a clean, modern, eight building facility spanning 8 acres. The buildings include a bronze foundry, raw materials warehouse, and various precision machine shops. During the 2008 recession, they held an impressive thirteen percent net income to sales percentage. The company’s total sales have nearly doubled since 2005, growing from $4,793,763 in 2005 to $8,696,602 for 2008. Since 2004, net income for O & D Manufacturing increased from $606,717 in 2004 to more than 1.2 million in 2008 and 2.6 million for 2007. Over the past 44 years they’ve earned a reputation of producing quality products with prompt, on-time delivery.
Lewis Orms praises the Kilgore College SBDC for the guidance and assistance his company has received through the years. “The support and encouragement offered by the Small Business Development Center have been great. We’ve first visited the SBDC to help us plan in making informed decisions regarding our growth and the possible expansion of our business. We’ve received assistance from the Kilgore College SBDC with various business needs since January of 1993. The SBDC has helped us with employee training, loan assistance, counseling, research, business expansion, and assistance in obtaining funding from the AEP Commercial Solutions Energy Savings Program. They also assisted us in obtaining a grant for job creation through the White Oak Economic Development Corporation. The information gathered through the SBDC’s Business Information Center has been a tremendous benefit to our company.”
Lewis attributes the success of his business to being honest with people, staying out of debt, and surrounding himself with great employees. Lewis is a progressive thinker, developing economic impact and creating job opportunities for East Texans. His business is one of the few in East Texas participating in an (ESOP) Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The program rewards and motivates his employees for a job well done by allowing them to have ownership in the company. Lewis is conscientious and known for making choices that minimize waste and save energy. One example is the method O & D Manufacturing, Inc. uses to capture every portion of the metal and recycling it. Another example is the pump house Lewis designed. It cools the metal and captures the water then recycles it in the process. O & D Manufacturing, Inc. also belongs to the AEP Commercial Solutions Energy Savings Program, installing the most up to date energy efficient measures. These efforts have resulted in measurable and verifiable electric demand and energy savings.
Lewis is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and remains active in community service. Whether he is advocating for small business, tax payers, the local school system, Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, or St. Jude’s Hospital, Lewis and O &D Manufacturing, Inc. are known for generously and thoughtfully giving of their time and resources.