Mark In Texas History: Lufkin Industries was once cornerstone manufacturer for Angelina County
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Industries used to be the cornerstone manufacturer of Lufkin and Angelina County before a GE merger, followed by the oil market drying up.
It left the company just a shadow of what it once was.
In 1902, it was founded as Lufkin Foundry. It kicked off operations to specialize in sawmill machinery and locomotive repairs, meeting a huge local need. In the 1920s, it joined the oilfield equipment market.
In the 1930s, it added a trailer division In World War II, the foundry did over 20 million dollars in government business, and employed over 1,000 workers. Eighty-five-percent of its production went to the war effort.
Lufkin Foundry changed its name to Lufkin Industries in 1970, which became a name known around the world. It had three divisions - machinery, trailer, and automotive and industrial supplies. In front of the old Lufkin Industries corporate office is the historical marker, which the company received in 1983.
You can see a good portion of Lufkin Industries just driving down and around Angelina Street in Lufkin. The actual historical marker is at 610 South Raguet Street.
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