By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
John Boone, new owner of Enid Iron and Metal, called it a family business with a great reputation in the industry.
John and Cindy Boone, who purchased Enid Iron and Metal from the Allison family in October, held a formal opening featuring Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb Monday at the business, 1202 N. 30th.
“I’ve got a great bunch of guys as employees, and I’m excited about it,” Boone said.
The company deals with industrial accounts to buy and sell scrap metal. It also sells new steel in amounts ranging from partial quantities to truckloads.
Boone said he was grateful to the people who attended the ribbon-cutting, including ambassadors from the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce.
Boone, who has family from Fairview, said Enid has always seemed like his hometown, because his family shopped here when he was a child.
Boone also owns plants in Stillwater and Perry, and said the purchase of the business made sense because of the company’s reputation and the fact he has wanted to expand westward.
Boone was acquainted with the Allison family as friends and competitors.
“The Allisons’ reputation is stellar in the industry, and you rarely can buy a business with a name and reputation that good,” he said.
Enid’s location on U.S. 412, along with Perry’s and Stillwater’s proximity to the highway, keeps transportation costs down. In addition, Boone said purchasing the Enid business doubled the size of his operation: there are 14 employees at the Enid plant, 14 in Perry and seven in Stillwater.
Boone said the company sells about 20,000 tons of metal a year. Prices in the industry fluctuate monthly, with some products changing daily.
Boone has been in the metal business full time for 25 years, but said he has worked in the field on and off since high school.
Enid Iron and Metal was one of the first iron and metal companies in Oklahoma to become involved in a recycling program locally and statewide. The metal it buys includes copper, aluminum, brass, lead, stainless steel and scrap iron.
Boone also currently is president of Oklahoma Recyclers Association, which is in the process of establishing a scrap metal dealer’s permit.
At the ribbon-cutting, Lamb thanked the Boones for buying the business and continuing it as a family enterprise, and for making an investment in Enid. The Allison family owned Enid Iron and Metal for 50 years, and Lamb told Boone he hopes his family will remain in the business just as long.
Lamb said Oklahoma led the nation in job growth, low unemployment and manufacturing job growth last year.
“Government can’t take credit for this purchase, but we should be accountable for removing impediments to your growth,” Lamb said.