History

History

GULFCO was founded in 1919 as a machine shop and manufacturer of oil field and marine products. The company expanded into forging with the purchase of Beaumont Forge in 1955. Over subsequent decades, the company developed significant expertise in the art of open die and rolled ring forging. This institutional forging knowledge created an unmatched reputation for providing high-quality forgings to meet each customer’s precise specifications. As a result of an unwavering dedication to quality and customer service, GULFCO has built a loyal client base throughout the company’s numerous end markets.

In 2007, GULFCO initiated a transformational strategy to support growth. Since then, significant investments were made to expand capacity and upgrade equipment. The company invested more than $7.5 million in 2007 and 2008, including the addition of a 3,500-ton press, the installation of two energy efficient forging furnaces, the purchase of large manipulators, and the refurbishment of the 2,000-ton press. These investments significantly improved the company’s manufacturing flexibility and efficiency for forgings across multiple market segments. During 2015 and 2016 GULFCO completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all major equipment. As a result, GULFCO’s Beaumont, Texas facility has been completely modernized and is in excellent condition. Today GULFCO is able to efficiently supply forged products up to 50,000 lbs. with dimensions up to 4′ in length and 13′ in diameter.

In 2017, what it is now known as GULFCO Forge Company LLC, was purchased by Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI). EGI is a vertically integrated family-owned business founded in 1910 with manufacturing locations all dedicated to producing and marketing high quality, engineered, heavy metal sections. The acquisition of Gulf Coast Machine & Supply Company’s assets will bring key synergies to EGI and position GULFCO Forge Company for long-term success and financial stability. GULFCO Forge Company is excited to join Beaumont’s vibrant business community and to support the Golden Triangle’s economic growth.

GULFCO’s distinctive combination of large forging equipment and a highly skilled workforce ensure that our customers receive the highest quality open die and rolled ring forgings in the industry. GULFCO’s proven track record of providing forgings that meet design and delivery specifications has made us a trusted strategic partner to the world’s leading industrial manufacturers.

GULFCO can produce forgings weighing from 50 to 50,000 pounds, depending on the size and shape of the product. These forgings can be in the form of shaped dies, discs, seamless rings, bushings, shafts or many other configurations.  With the support of EGI, GULFCO is now able to offer a full range of products and services that may include forging, heat treating, rough/finish machining, cladding , destructive /non-destructive testing for open die and rolled ring products.

These capabilities allow the company to maintain strict control over the production process, including delivery times and product quality. Importantly, these services provide customers with a more seamless procurement solution that eliminates the need for multiple vendors and reduces lead times. This full-service capability provides a significant advantage for expedited order fulfillment for customers that require a reliable, rapid delivery.