A few of Pries Enterprises's owners used to work for a Waterloo-based fabrication plant called Titus Manufacturing until its production was moved to Texas, leaving an opportunity to serve dropped local customers.
In 1976, James Gamerdinger, Richard Deardoff, Merle McMahon, Arthur Pries, and Michael Welch decided to put forth $5,000 each toward a 4” Press and starting Pries Enterprises. Richard also contributed his flatbed truck for hauling metal.
Arthur Pries was bought out of the company in 1981, but the name “Pries Enterprises” had already stuck. The Independence location was built in 1984, perfectly situated right off of both Highway 20 and Highway 150. In 1996, a second addition was added on to the Independence facility, which is currently where the oldest and newest presses now sit.
In 1999, Merle bought out the remainder of the owners, moved all operations to Independence, and became the sole President of Pries Enterprises. The Waterloo location had experienced three large oil fires and the Independence location was more state of the art for that time.
The third addition began in 2001 where the second largest press currently sits. After Merle passed away in 2010, his son Matt McMahon took over as owner. Matt came from a position on Wall Street, which gave him a great eye for growth and productivity.
In 2019, Pries completed a fourth addition to their building, adding 50,000 square feet, and adding anodizing to their list of custom processes and advancements.
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