Kelly L. Watson has gained a stake in the future of her families’ company, Watson Grinding & Manufacturing, Watson Valve Services Inc. Kelly is the second of two 3rd generation family-member shareholders, preceded by her cousin, and future partner, Jason White.
Watson Grinding was founded as a small specialty grinding shop in 1960 by James L. Watson. Over the years, the company grew to include a full-scale machine shop and to offer specialty thermal spray coatings. James Watson was instrumentally involved in the development of High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) coatings in the early 1980’s.
Watson Grinding has always been a family business, and today the company is owned and operated by the founder’s son, John Watson; son-in-law, Bob White; grandson, Jason White; and now, granddaughter, Kelly Watson.