CMP Corp. President Brad Croy likes it hot.
High 90s or triple-digit temperatures, like those Oklahoma City had last week, are good for business. His company makes compressor parts for commercial air conditioning and refrigeration, and ships them to thousands of clients worldwide — from compressor remanufacturers and service technicians to repair shops and others in 95 countries.
Ninety-eight CMP employees, including 70 machinists, work two shifts weekdays to craft some 2,500 different parts — from screws to crank shafts — that go into compressors the size of car engines.
“By making our own parts, we can meet our customers' needs immediately and control our quality and supply chain,” Croy said. “If we're out of a part, we can get it back in stock within hours if necessary,” he said, “whereas, if you buy from China, it could be months before you get a part.”
The company's two U.S. competitors don't manufacture parts; they only buy and sell them, Croy said.
His company, which his dad started more than 47 years ago, has annual sales of roughly $16 million, he said.
From the company's 160,000-square-foot plant at 4101 SE 85, Croy, 34, sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his professional and personal life.
This is an edited transcript:
Q. So your father, Jon Croy, started this company?
A. That's right. He worked as a service technician for another company, and then he and a co-worker recognized the need for parts and started CMP in 1966. Years later, he earned his associate degree from OSU Tech. He retired three years ago, but still comes to work every Tuesday morning. He'll get on the phones and call a handful of longtime customers with whom he stays in touch, and make slice-and-bake cookies to hand out to employees.
Q. Did you work here growing up?
A. Summers. I'd mow the grass, work in the warehouse or sort parts. But during the school years, I spent my free time playing video games or playing outside in our neighborhood in Del City, which was full of kids.
My mom was a stay-at-home mother to me and my brother Darren, who's two and half years younger. Today, he oversees operations for us at CMP.
Q. Where did you meet your wife?
A. At Lights on Stillwater, soon after I started my freshman year at OSU. It was sort of like a trade show and used to be held on the football field.
Local vendors handed out coupons and other free stuff to students. Acacia is from Del City also, so I knew of her, but we weren't in the same class. She's a year older.