“The personal warmth and experience that we had was phenomenal,” Beals, vice president of sales, told the group before plant tours. “We felt that we were home. Being a family-owned company, we felt like we were coming home to a family here. It was a wonderful feeling.”
That's one of the reasons the company is especially glad to have used all-U.S. companies and equipment in the retrofit, and in production, and to have all raw materials — 2 million pounds a day — coming from state and regional sources, said Gregory Malarkey, senior vice president and grandson of company founder Herbert Malarkey.
“This day and age, that's a tough thing to do,” he said. “We want to keep the money here and support the community here.”
Of course, it was business that got Malarkey here — although Fagan said his grandfather was born in Oklahoma City in 1905 and Fagan was stationed at Fort Sill in the late 1970s.
Malarkey, founded in 1956, first expanded in 2003 to South Gate, Calif., near Los Angeles. State Farm Insurance encouraged the company to expand to this part of the country, Fagan said, because of its storm-resistant roofing materials.
“Oklahoma City is actually a perfect environment for us. We have complete access to transportation to a lot of metropolitan areas in the Midwest, and the most important thing, all the raw material supply streams are within 300 miles of our facility here, which means more jobs. ... It's a good thing for all of us.”