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Commerce Grinding was started in 1976 by our founder & Chairman, Joe Lodor with one Blanchard grinder and one surface grinder. Joe was a one-man operation, so he was the outside sales manager during the day and the chief machine operator at night. Commerce Grinding, located approximately one mile from downtown Dallas, consisted of a small rented space for his operation.

As the business began to grow Joe was able to hire his first employee in 1977 - Tim Johnson, who is now the Chief Executive Officer of our company.

Competitive pricing, fast turn-around and the highest quality work are what has kept Commerce Grinding going and growing for nearly 40 years. Today we are one of the largest grinding facilities in the United States serving all industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, wind, steam & gas turbines, aircraft and other high precision/high tech manufacturers and suppliers.

In the heart of the D/FW metroplex, Commerce Grinding now occupies an entire city block plus additional buildings across the street – a total of 202,000 square feet of covered operations. We are near several major freeways and airports including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Dallas Love Field Airport.

In 2007 Mr. Lodor consolidated his ownership of Commerce Grinding, Superior Saw and Commerce Plating into Lodor Enterprises, Inc. This corporation continues to do business as Commerce Grinding and Superior Saw. Mr. Lodor then transferred his ownership of Lodor Enterprises, Inc. to his employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

In mid-2014, Lodor Enterprises, Inc. purchased Grinding Specialties, Inc., a corporation formed in 1980 that brings machines & experienced personnel to perform gun drilling, deep hole drilling, honing and long-bar centerless grinding. Mike Edgmon, the founder of Grinding Specialties now manages the gun drill & centerless operation for Commerce Grinding, along with his experienced staff. Grinding Specialties continues to operate as a division of the parent company.

Commerce Grinding is comprised of 90 professional craftsmen and support staff. Over 50% of our owner/employees have been with the company for more than ten years, so the same experience you depend on today will be here to help you tomorrow. With an extensive training program in place for our new owner/employees, you can be sure that we will be here to serve your needs for the 21st century and after.

Key Personnel
Joe Lodor
Founder of Commerce Grinding & Board Chairman of Lodor Enterprises, Inc.

Joe Lodor, founder of Commerce Grinding & Board Chairman of Lodor Enterprises, Inc.. More information about Joe can be found under "About Our Company". Joe can be reached at 214-651-1977 fax: 214-748-7126.

 

Tim Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, is Joe Lodor's first employee! Hired in 1977 right out of high school, Tim has worked and supervised all areas of work at Commerce. Tim currently manages the surface & Blanchard grinding, waterjet, machine & saw shops. You can contact Tim at 214-651-1977, fax 214-651-8754 or email at tim@commercegrinding.com for quotes and delivery information.

 

Mike Johnson
President

Mike Johnson, President, has been with Commerce Grinding since 1981 and manages the OD/ID grinding, chrome & nickel plating and engineering departments. Mike can be reached at 214-651-1977 fax: 214-748-7126 email: mikejohnson@commercegrinding.com

 

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