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AC604_JOHN_JR_DOLLINGER_INC_RECORDSTHE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -604 John Dollinger Jr. Inc. Records, 1890s-1995 DESCRIPTION In August of 1902 John Dellinger, Jr., founded the Plaquemine Boiler and Sheet Metal Works in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The plant catered to the repair of boilers and other equipment used in the sugar refining industry located in the area. Then in 1907 the great depression struck the Louisiana region prompting John Dellinger, Jr., to move his business to Beaumont, Texas, where he established in late 1906 a boiler shop. Business began to boom first with the oil refineries of the region followed by the lumber and rice industries situated nearby. The company continued to expand and reached a zenith of output in the 1980s. The Beaumont -based plant was finally sold and closed in 1995. These records contain 32 boxes donated by John E. (led") Dellinger and are arranged in the following record series order: 50th anniversary celebration activities in 1952, job photographs related to company project files, minutes of the Board of Directors and stock holders, early photographs of products built for the oil and natural gas industry, administrative records, company artifacts, employee public recognition material, and miscellany items. The records offer a wealth of information about the steel fabrication industry both regionally, nationally, and internationally, as well as what role it has played in fostering the development of other key industries that have proven vital to the economy. Some restrictions may apply after final processing of these records.