Somerville Fabricators marks 50th anniversary

MINERAL WELLS — Somerville Fabricators has reached the half-century in business mark.

It’s been a family owned operation from the beginning as Ralph Somerville founded the company in the garage of his house.

From the beginnings of the garage, Somerville Fabricators has moved into two states and grown to include more than 55,000 square feet of fabrication space.

The coal industry provided a portion of Somerville’s initial work, as the fabricators sharpened mining bits and constructed containers for the storage of dynamite.

The business soon moved into custom construction as clients with specialized needs and products turned to Somerville, bringing with them sketches for items needed.

Personal fabricating patents followed, the family garage turned into a nearby fabricating shop, and the business grew.

As the years went on, Ralph’s sons, Steve and Nathan, went into the fabrication industry.

Steve completed the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Program and worked for locally owned Murray’s Sheet Metal. Nathan received a degree from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.

He went to work at Benson Truck Body.

In 1998, the boys joined the family business.

Somerville Industries has become a prominent name in the gas industry, not just locally or statewide, but globally. Their work for a global engineering firm fabricating above-ground material handling systems took the company into the structural steel industry, where Somerville Fabricators has been for the last 10 years.

The company was sold in 2012, changing hands from Ralph to Steve and his wife, Peggy, who joined the company seven years earlier as the office manager.

In August of 2013, the couple opened its second location in Devola with Somerville Manufacturing adding a parent company, Somerville Industries.

The Devola location had previously housed Steel Dynamics and Titan Steel.