Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Humble Beginnings: Enid Company Has Come a Long Way since Its Days in Chicken House

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Humble Beginnings: Enid Company Has Come a Long Way since Its Days in Chicken House

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In 1951, R.C. Parrish and two partners established a machine shop in a small chicken house in Enid.

Parrish was the machinist. One partner provided the chicken house and the third partner provided bookkeeping services. Their initial investment totaled $5,362.04.

After a short time, Parrish purchased his partners' share of the company - Central Machine Tool Co. - and moved the company's equipment to a small tin shed at 10th and Willow in Enid.

What started as the humble machine shop operating in a chicken house expanded over the years and now Parrish Enterprises has about 270 employees in Enid, domestic operations and warehouses from coast to coast and in Canada and plans to expand to new international markets.

"We have recognized for a long time there is demand for our products in other parts of the world," said Matt Parrish, vice president of Parrish Enterprises and R.C. Parrish's grandson.

Parrish Enterprises operates facilities including PT Coupling and Central Machine Tool in Enid and in other parts of the country. Operations outside Enid include Oklahoma Investment Casting Co. in Blackwell, Mississippi Precision Cast Parts in Columbus, Miss., and Seeker Rod Co. in Long Beach, Calif.

PT Coupling Co. manufactures and distributes industrial hose couplings and replacement parts. PT Coupling has ISO 9001 Certification. The couplings are used for industrial hoses for industries including petroleum, agriculture and chemical.

"Our couplings are used anywhere they have to move liquids from one place to another," Parrish said.

Couplings are distributed through 14 warehouses in the U.S. and Canada. International expansion is planned through strategic alliances in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rico.

The initial international expansion will be through a warehouse recently opened in Monterrey, Mexico. Additional warehouses will be operated through other alliances in Central and South America.

Parts made in Enid will be shipped to the international markets, Parrish said. …

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