Ada — When a fire destroyed one of Ram Jack Systems’ buildings in 2011, company officials asked the Coleman-based company Sundowner Trailers for help.
The two companies formed a partnership that allowed Ram Jack to keep manufacturing equipment for creating and repairing building foundations.
The finished products were coated in a powder, which made it resistant to corrosion and abrasion.
Employees who worked in the destroyed building were driven to Coleman so they could continue powder-coating steel piers.
Ram Jack officials remembered that partnership earlier this year, when the company was competing for the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Award of Excellence. The company said in its award application that the alliance with Coleman, along with teamwork and determination, helped Ram Jack keep its manufacturing operation going.
The company’s efforts paid off last month, when Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s office announced that Ram Jack had won the 2014 Award of Excellence.
Ram Jack was one of three small businesses across the state to capture the honor.
Lamb presented the award to Ram Jack and two other winners during Small Business Day at the Capitol, which took place April 30 in Oklahoma City.
The award was exciting because it honored Ram Jack’s commitment to Oklahoma, said Lea Ann Pharr, chief financial officer for Ram Jack.
“I think it’s very flattering, honestly, for the statewide level to recognize us for not just our long-term efforts, but our contribution to our town and our state,” she said Tuesday.
Ram Jack’s history begins with Bill Gregory, who launched the small company Gregory Pest Control in 1968.
Gregory’s son, Steven, took control of the business in the 1970s and later changed the name to Gregory Enterprises Inc., according to Ram Jack’s award application. Steven incorporated foundation repair into the pest-control business, and those repairs became the company’s major source of revenue.