Dragoo Metal Works, Inc. (DMW) was founded in 1991 by Mike & Lori Dragoo. Mike served overseas in the Marine Corps for 4 years, working on aircraft in the metal shop. After returning home, Mike applied the experience gained in the military to the sheet metal trades, spending the next 10 years employed there. Wanting independence, and like many small businesses, he started Dragoo Metal in the family garage.
After 2 years of hard work and savings, the first Dragoo Metal Works employee was hired. From then, the small company grew to a 3,000 square foot, company owned building, that was expanded several times to 13,000 square feet, a space that was soon outgrown.
From small beginnings the company now occupies 30,000 square feet along King Hill Avenue in St. Joseph, Missouri. There, DMW operates the very latest computer aided design technology and maintains state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment. This facility also acts as a hub for dispatching our fleet of service vehicles, and finally, the company has sufficient room for large assemblies and prototype testing.
As the industry advances, DMW stays current with maintaining state of the art equipment, design, fabrication and installation.
DMW is part of the Bioprocessing Industry that is highly technological and advancing at a lightning-fast pace. Keeping current with these advances requires another step forward for DMW. In this regard, we are pleased to welcome Grant Morton as an owner. Grant has given 19 years of faithful, hardworking service to DMW, and his knowledge will be highly valuable in helping lead the company into the future.
A few years ago, DMW saw the need to provide fast turn-around of products to customers frustrated with long lead times caused by a dislocated production process. Often, parts were produced, assembled, polished, tested and installed in separate facilities many miles apart. Now, DMW can offer services where the parts are produced, equipment assembled, polished and tested, then leave our facility and arrive at the customer. Considering transportation time alone, this can shorten lead times as much as 2-3 weeks and it certainly gives DMW an advantage making deliveries on time and within budget.