Barron Industries, a family-owned metal casting company in Oxford, proudly celebrated 100 years in business this June with a patriotic show including a flyover of the T-6 (Texan 6), an advanced trainer aircraft.
The company, founded as Motor and Machinery Castings in 1923 by Joseph H. Barron, produces components for military vehicles and aircrafts.
More than 250 people attended the celebration including employee families, business partners and local, state and federal government officials. Giving remarks were Congresswoman Lisa McClain, United States Representative for Michigan’s 9 th District, and Oakland County Economic Development Manager Dom Holmes, who presented Barron with an honorary proclamation.
Holmes said Barron received the county’s Impact Award for workforce development and has been named Oakland County Business of the Year.
“The leadership team here is resourceful, and deliberate, has taken advantage of numerous resources to make sure that the teams here are prepared and successful,” said Holmes. “On the job training programs, Oakland County Business Resource Network and other programs, creating a USDOL registered apprenticeship program… all these different innovative things they are doing to stay at the forefront and train their workforce to create a better tomorrow for their families that depend on Barron Industries.”
Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-Michigan) congratulated Barron on its success. “A hundred years of keeping their business alive, keeping it flourishing and growing… in this day and age, over a hundred years is really a remarkable task,” she said.
McClain, who is a member of the Armed Services committee, also stressed the importance of what Barron’s 80 employees do to keep our military safe. “They always say thank you to the people who manufacture, whether it’s food, whether it’s tanks, or whether it’s technology, to keep them safe to be able to do their job,” she said.
Barron Industries President/CEO Bruce Barron thanked employees, suppliers and customers who have supported Barron over the years. He attributed its success to the company’s family culture.
“It’s a testament to the family culture of the company and the people that we have who are genuinely interested in not only seeing the company be successful but in satisfying the customer,” said Barron. “We also try to treat the customers like family, which means they’re very important, and when they have a need, we try to respond to it. If there’s a problem, we don’t sweep it under the rug – we address it, we work together and we resolve it.”
Barron Industries has flourished through three industrial revolutions. What began as a Detroit iron sand foundry producing castings up to 60 tons, has evolved into a global manufacturer of precision investment castings and machined components for aerospace, defense, space, automotive, energy technology and other commercial industries.
Barron Industries can be traced to casting components for Henry Ford out of Detroit in the 1920s. Born in the second industrial revolution with the assembly line, the manufacturer witnessed and employed the third industrial revolution with automation, and now is an active player in Industry 4.0. Throughout its history, the company has strived to constantly innovate and meet the needs of its customers, employees and community. Ahead of its time, Barron implemented Industry 4.0 in 2003 when it installed a cloud-based ERP system that fully integrated and automated all business functions.
To learn more about Barron Industries please visit www.barron-industries.com/.