During changing times Fairfield Manufacturing stays put in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – In 95 years, Fairfield Manufacturing has seen some growth and changes. But one thing remains the same, its place is here in Greater Lafayette.

“It’s not often that companies survive the length of time that ours has prospered here in the Lafayette community,” Fairfield Manufacturing President Dan Phebus said. “We started in 1919 with David Ross and a private company building small, differential gears. Today we build gears over seven feet in diameter and over ten feet in length.”

Seven years ago Fairfield’s parent company changed to Oerlikon Group — changing the name some, but still not the location. On Sunday, Fairfield celebrated 95 years by inviting 1,000 employees and 500 local retirees to the business for a family day of fun.

“This is a chance for our people to bring their family in and show them where mom and dad work,” Phebus said.

Les Howey worked at Fairfield for 27 years and retired 14 years ago. He is excited to remain part of the Fairfield family.

“It’s outstanding to be able to see your old cronies you worked with for 30 years,” Howey said.

It is not by luck the company has stayed put. Phebus and Howey believe the community has done what it needs to do to accommodate changing times.

“One thing that stayed consistent over the many years is the dedication of our people, and their pride in the work they do, the quality of work they provide,” Phebus said. “We enjoy a very good reputation among our customers for high quality work.”

“We have education with Purdue University,” Howey said. “We have Ivy Tech which is a great feeder system for the manufacturing stages. They offer everything from computer literacy to the various mechanics.”

Howey is thankful for the years of security Fairfield offered him, and thousands more.

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