Overton & Sons Tool & Die Company, Inc. was incorporated in 1968 by Ruby Overton. After working for Gentry Carbide Tool & Die in Indianapolis for 8 years, Gentry Company was acquired by Talon Corporation. With the buyers not being interested in the portion of the business in which Ruby worked, he brought some customers with him to his upstart business. With the calling card of Overton & Sons being primarily carbide material, close tolerance, detail-oriented work, Ruby set the foundation for his three sons to build upon.
After nearly 20 years of business, Ruby passed away suddenly in August of 1986, leaving his three sons to be business owners overnight. Ron, Steve, and Rick Overton each sought out a position in the business that suited their strongest traits. Ron, being the oldest, assumed CEO responsibilities as well as being the driving force behind the sales and marketing efforts. Steve, with a business degree from the University of Evansville, assumed the CFO duties and managed the finances of the business. Rick, with a well-rounded shop experience, became the President of the Tool & Die Company and managed the day-to-day operations of manufacturing. Each has continued a legacy that was created through Ruby’s hard work and dedication to developing a manufacturing company that employees have a sense of pride to work for. A true family business.
After starting out in a small 600 SF building in a residential neighborhood in Mooresville in 1968, Ruby moved the business in 1973 to a newly developed business park south of Mooresville. Eventually the shop would grow to a size large enough where it was deemed necessary to divide the business into multiple divisions. In 1992 and 1994, Overton Mold and then Overton Roll were added as divisions to the original Tool & Die Division. With these additions, an additional manufacturing space was needed to house the growing divisions. In 1993, Overton Mold and eventually Overton Roll found their home next door to the Tool & Die facility in a newly constructed 11,200 SF building that the Mold Division still calls home today. Continuing to grow, another division was added in 1997 to create a home for the multitude of carbide work that was being done in the Tool & Die Division as well as the Roll Division. With many of the carbide customers being in along I-65 south of Indianapolis, the decision was made to build the new facility in Franklin, IN. This new division was comprised of much of the carbide detail work from the Tool and Die division as well as what was Overton Roll. The new division was called Overton Carbide Tool & Engineering. After nearly 20 years and multiple expansions, the division is now called Overton Industries – Tube Forming Systems.