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December, 20 2010, 4:38 PM
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Fourth generation continues in family business
By David Page
The Journal Record Special Projects Editor
Posted: 09:17 PM Friday, December 17, 2010
Eli Parrish works in the shop at PT Coupling Co. in Enid. He represents the fourth generation of his family at Parrish Enterprises. PHOTO BY BONNIE VCULEK
ENID – Among the employees working in the shop at PT Coupling Co. in Enid is Eli Parrish.
He represents the fourth generation of his family employed at the company started by R.C. Parrish, Eli’s great grandfather, in 1951.
R.C. Parrish started the small machine shop with two partners in Enid has grown over almost 60 years into Enid-based Parrish Enterprises with Jim Parrish, R.C. Parrish’s son, as CEO, Matt Parrish, R.C.’s grandson and Eli’s father, as vice president and Eli.
“I have one son (Eli) working here in the shop in production and a 15-year-old son who works during the summer,” Matt Parrish said.
What is now Parrish Enterprises was started in 1951 when R.C. Parrish and two partners started Central Machine and Tool in an Enid chicken house with an initial investment of $5,362.04. R.C. was the machinist for the partnership. Another partner provided bookkeeping services and the third partner provided the chicken house.
It did not take long for R.C. to buy out his partners and move what was then known as Central Machine and Tool to a small tin shed at 10th and Willow in Enid.
He had worked for George E. Failing Co. and was able to secure machining jobs that the larger company was unable to complete in-house, said Matt Parrish.
Within a couple of years Central Machine and Tool outgrew the tool shed and moved to an area currently occupied by PT Coupling.
In 1955, the company started producing quick-connect couplings. PT Coupling was established in 1961 to market products manufacturer by Central Machine and Tool.
R.C.’s son, Jim Parrish, started working full-time for the company in 1962.
In 1965, land was purchased on E. Willow to build a sand cast foundry and for potential expansion. The foundry was constructed on the site in 1969 and is the current home of Central Machine and Tool and some other operations under the Parrish Enterprises umbrella.
Growth continued and in 1976, Jim Parrish was promoted to president and his brother, Jerry Parrish, became vice president. When R.C. Parrish retired in 1981, he sold the majority of the stock to Jim Parrish and Parrish Enterprises was formed as the holding company for Central Machine and Tool and PT Coupling.
Other the years other companies were added to Parrish Enterprises. Jerico Distributors was established in 1982 and Oklahoma Investment Casing Corp. was established in Blackwell in 1984.
Over the years, other companies from around the country were purchased and became part of Parrish Enterprises. Operations of some of the purchased companies were moved to Enid. Punch-Lok Inc. of Chicago was purchased in 1992 and moved to Enid. ProGrip Coupling Co. of Gardena, Calif., was purchased in 2000 with operations moved to Enid in 2005 and merged with Central Machine and Tool.
Today Parrish Enterprises operates with operations from coast to coast in the U.S., two warehouses in Canada, a recently opened warehouse in Mexico and plans for expansion to Central American, South American and Europe. The company has about 270 employees in Enid. Operations in Enid include PT Coupling and Central Machine and Tool.
The operations now are a long way for a family operation started by R.C. Parrish and two partners in an Enid chicken house in 1951.
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