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A Conversation with Ohmstede’s Bill Reid and Doug Harrington

This is a story about good timing.

Ohmstede, which started more than 100 years ago by August Ohmstede as a small auto repair and welding shop in Beaumont, Texas, grew to become a trusted name in American manufacturing thanks to neighboring Spindletop’s oil rush and the need for quality metal fabrication. By the 1940’s, Ohmstede was building and repairing shell and tube heat exchangers for the thriving oil refining industry.

Similarly, business partners William (Bill) Reid and Doug Harrington were working together in management consulting when they began an engagement at Ohmstede. As they explored the company’s business model they saw a lot of untapped potential. So much so, they decided to buy the company and manage its makeover.

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