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S&S Technical during their new facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony, from left Sharon Ogburn, Michael Ogburn and Scott Ogburn. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2014ALPHARETTA, Ga. — When Scott Ogburn and his son Michael started S&S Technical in 2006, the two-employee company made products out of an 1,800-square-foot facility.
But then they grew three more times. On Aug. 12, S&S Technical held a ribbon-cutting and relocation celebration of their pumping and metering systems business to a 50,000-square-foot facility, at 1900 Grassland Parkway in South Forsyth.
Now the company has about 26 employees and may reach 30 employees by the end of the year.
The company's growth is in part due to the industry they service including, water, oil and gas. In addition, the company is filling a global need for their engineering and fabrication that focuses on the transfer of fluid and gas for all industries.
"A lot of the work now is oil and gas field related," Scott Ogburn said.
Ogburn, the president and owner, also credits growth to his company's culture.
"We don't pay attention to the outside world," Ogburn said. "Hence, the reason you shouldn't watch a lot of television."
As the company has grown, Ogburn saw a need to do all the work in-house.
So he hired engineers in the mechanical and electrical field as well as 3-D design artists, welders, pipe-fitters, assemblers and fabricators.
"I want to have a place where the employees like coming to work, they make good money and we all want to be good at the discipline we are in," Ogburn said. "That's basically it.
"I want to hear about how we can make something happen," he said. "I don't want to hear about how we can't do it. In fact, I don't even want people around me who tell me we can't do something."
Throughout S&S Technical, a sense of purpose looms large, not filled with average workers, Ogburn said, but with people who are really excellent at their craft.
"I don't want people who are simmering," he said. "I'm trying to create that culture here. This is the kind of culture we want to have."
The small business continues to be a family business. Ogburn's wife, Sharon, joined the company two years ago as managing director.
Sharon said the company's goals are well-known to employees create an environment where people like to come to work, where they are paid a good salary that they can support their family.
"This allows us to grow, develop and mentor more people," Sharon said. "That really is [Scott's] gift of seeing in people what they can possibly be and give them the opportunity in this venue to achieve that."
The company will keep their focus on next year, going after national and international clients in the booming oil and gas market.
"We sell all over the world, and that's a big deal for a company in Forsyth County," Sharon said.
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