ABOUT OUR HISTORY
Within two years, business returned to normal and G&D needed to expand once again. In 2007, construction began on a new 20,000 square foot facility located on six acres Hammond, Louisiana. The expansion allowed for an increase to current capacity and provided expansion into new industries. Construction was complete in 2008 and while always remembering its humble beginnings, G&D Machine Shop has not looked backed. Today, it is an ISO 9001:2008 certified shop serving many industries-aerospace, military and defense, food production, transportation, and petrochemical. Most importantly, G&D has never lost sight of its original mission: to ensure the highest degree of quality. With support and partnership of customers and vendors, G&D Machine Shop hopes the future will provide as much success as the past.
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G&D Machine Shop began business as many small business do, in his garage behind his house in Chalmette, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. In a small 500 square foot garage it began with a lathe, a mill, and a saw. For some time its founder, Don Desselles, worked a full time job and worked evenings to bring his entrepreneurial dream to life. Finally, in 1995, it was time to let go of his full time job and direct all attention to G&D Machine Shop. After a few years, it became evident that expansion was necessary, so he moved into a larger 2500 square foot building in Arabi, LA. This expansion allowed for additional machines and equipment to be acquired. By 2002, continued growth and success allowed for additional expansion, eventually taking over the entire 10,000 square foot building.
Business was successful and plans were being considered for additional manufacturing capabilities, until one fateful day in August of 2005. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, causing extensive flooding and wind damage to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. It appeared that all was lost. Fortunately, since G&D was on high ground, relatively speaking, near the Mississippi River, it only received about one foot of water, which lasted a few hours. G&D was one of only a handful of business in St. Bernard parish that survived Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath. Within a couple of weeks when utilities became available, G&D began the clean-up process and resumed limited operations.
ISO 9001:2008 Certified
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