Turlock company Lock-N-Stitch was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year for the 12th Assembly District by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto).
“Gary and Louise Reed have taken the technology they developed 25 years ago and built it into a thriving small business in Turlock,” said Olsen. “Lock-N-Stitch embodies the type of innovative small businesses that are fueling California’s economy, and are vital for our economic future. I salute Gary and Louise for creating dozens of good-paying jobs, and for playing an important role in growing our local economy.”
Lock-N-Stitch was found in 1990 by Gary Reed, who developed and patented metal stitching technology. Metal stitching is a process to repair cracks and other types of damage that occur in industrial machinery primarily made of cast iron and other cast metals. There are also all kinds of lathe machines that can assist in this area too if more intricate help is needed.
The company employs 42 people at their Turlock location.
Lock-N-Stitch produces between 35,000 and 45,000 specialized patented parts each month. The trained technicians in their repair department perform in-house and on-site repairs all over the world. They have customers in the power generation, oil and gas, maritime, manufacturing, transportation, mining, antique restoration, and architectural structures industries.
Their most well-known project is the restoration of the cast iron dome of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, which is currently underway.
“Lock-N-Stitch is honored to be recognized by Assembly Member Olsen as her Small Business of the Year,” said Gary and Louise Reed. “For 25 years, our technology has been used to repair many industrial machines, and is now being used to restore the iconic cast-iron dome at the United States Capitol. We share this honor with our hard-working employees, and the Turlock community that we are proud to be part of.”
California’s small businesses are the lifeblood of the state’s economy, said Olsen. There are approximately 3.5 million small businesses in California, which account for 99 percent of the state’s employers and 52 percent of the workforce, according to a press release.
This year, Assembly Republicans have proposed a #GrowTogetherCA legislative package to embrace the modern economy and reduce the costs and burdens on small businesses. To learn more about the #GrowTogetherCA legislation, click here.