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Dixie Mill Celebrates 100 Years of Dedicated Service to the Manufacturing Industry

News   |    February 2017


For 100 years, Dixie Mill has been a family owned and operated company that has provided manufacturers throughout Louisiana and Mississippi with total metalworking solutions for increased productivity and profitability.

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Large-Part Turning Gives Shop Huge Advantage

As published in Manufacturing Engineering   |    December 2013


When Claude Barber, founder of Plant Machine Works Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA, passed away in 2006, his son Tom (Tommy) Barber officially took ownership of the shop that, at the time, specialized in repair work for the petrochemical and paper mill industries. While Tommy had basically zero experience in the day-to-day operations of the shop—having instead pursued a career in teaching and coaching sports—he successfully continued and expanded upon his father's legacy to build Plant Machine Works into a shop that stands out from the competition by way of its large-part machining capabilities.

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Shop Moves from Manual to Multi-tasking, Simple to Complex

As published in Manufacturing News   |    December 2013


What started with one manual mill and lathe quickly grew into an extremely productive machine shop that attributes its success to CNC and multi-tasking machining capability. With that technology, Industrial Machine Works Inc. (IMW) in Baker, LA, consistently shortened its job turnaround times and increased production capacity. But most importantly, the shop has been able to expand its business because of an ability to efficiently and cost effectively machine parts that are much more complex than any it had ever done in the past.

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