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The Boles family, owner and operator of Wilco Machine & Fab, celebrated two anniversaries this week. The Boles family celebrated 40 years in the industry while the company celebrated its 20th year of business.
The celebration took place Friday and tied into Manufacturing Day. As part of the celebration, tours through the Marlow-based company were offered at two different times.
“Manufacturing is still alive and driving,” Wilco President Brad Boles said prior to the first tour. “Making something physical that we can send out is important to our economy.”
The company began as a single workshop building and an office. But it has grown to have multiple buildings on its lot in Marlow and to take over a large building in Duncan. Between the two locations, Wilco now has 250,000 square feet in use.
The first tour was split into two groups because of the number of people attending. There were more than 30 people who went through the company with the tour at that time. Boles led one group, while Brent Cole led another.
Through the tour, area residents were able to see work in action and learn about what Wilco does. Various community leaders were in attendance. Some of the leaders included Duncan bank presidents Hal Labyer and Cindy Mann, Sandy Stewart with the Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Nicole Punneo, operations manager of Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation.
Before the tour, Boles talked to the group in the Wilco conference room. In his discussion, he talked about how the company was founded based on what his family had learned in the years prior to the oil bust in the 1980s. He also talked about the growth of the company, which included movement into Duncan through DAEDF.
“It has really been a great partnership,” Boles said about the company working with DAEDF. “It has helped add more jobs.”
He said he’s excited to see the company grow as it has worked to keep up with an increasing demand. Boles said it’s been, in part, the hard work of the employees that has propelled Wilco to be as successful as it has been.
Wilco has 240 full-time employees and 52 contract employees. About 100 of those full-time employees are welders, and the majority of the contract employees are also welders.
“We’ve got a great team here, great employees,” Boles said.