703 Gladewater Street
Kilgore, TX  75662
(903) 983-1592

Merritt Tool Company Historical Building

Merritt Preferred Components (Merritt) is a modern machine shop manufacturing facility, specializing in complex, medium to large, CNC milling, turning, grinding and assembly. Merritt serves customers in the aerospace, energy, mining and commercial industries. A.P. Merritt Sr., founded the company in 1928 – then known as Merritt Tool Company. Today, the company is co-owned by A.P. Merritt, Jr. (President) and Bryan Johnston (Vice President) of the production facility located in Kilgore, Texas.

The company's early success was launched by the manufacturing of the "gold fishtail" bit used to drill hundreds of oil wells in East Texas. Business grew dramatically in the first two decades. Merritt was awarded its first government contract in 1949 when the company was chosen to repair and manufacture bomb-loading carts at Kelly Air Force Base. In 1987, MTC won its first major government contract to manufacture retract arms for the C-5 tanker. The company was also one of the original structural suppliers on the V-22 Osprey platform during this era. Today, Merritt is involved in multiple civilian and defense aerospace contracts. The company’s products can be found on aircraft platforms such as the popular Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 commercial airliners to cutting edge military technology such as the Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor and Boeing’s V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, Apache AH-64 helicopter, A-10 Warthog, 767 Tanker and other military platforms.

Merritt’s heritage is closely tied to the oilfield industry. For decades, we have produced product for many OEMs including Halliburton, Franks Casing, Weatherford, Schlumberger and FMC Technologies. We have developed significant deep bore capability for down-hole product, competencies for manufacturing multiple fluid end manifolds designs and large format turning capability for subsea product applications.

In 2009, the company was sold to Triumph Group and it operated as Triumph Structures-East Texas until August 2018 when it was purchased back by the current owners.

Our mission is to provide the best value to our customers through advanced capability, advanced manufacturing processes, quality components, skilled people, competitive cost structure and excellent customer service. Merritt has been featured in Modern Machine Shop magazine for its dedication for continuous improvement principles resulting in cost reductions for the customer.

See our Contacts page to find out how our experienced team can help provide a solution for your production needs.

Merritt Preferred Components (Merritt) is a modern machine shop manufacturing facility, specializing in complex, medium to large, CNC milling, turning, grinding and assembly. Merritt serves customers in the aerospace, energy, mining and commercial industries. A.P. Merritt Sr., founded the company in 1928 – then known as Merritt Tool Company. Today, the company is co-owned by A.P. Merritt, Jr. (President) and Bryan Johnston (Vice President) of the production facility located in Kilgore, Texas.

The company's early success was launched by the manufacturing of the "gold fishtail" bit used to drill hundreds of oil wells in East Texas. Business grew dramatically in the first two decades. Merritt was awarded its first government contract in 1949 when the company was chosen to repair and manufacture bomb-loading carts at Kelly Air Force Base. In 1987, MTC won its first major government contract to manufacture retract arms for the C-5 tanker. The company was also one of the original structural suppliers on the V-22 Osprey platform during this era. Today, Merritt is involved in multiple civilian and defense aerospace contracts. The company’s products can be found on aircraft platforms such as the popular Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 commercial airliners to cutting edge military technology such as the Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor and Boeing’s V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, Apache AH-64 helicopter, A-10 Warthog, 767 Tanker and other military platforms.

Merritt’s heritage is closely tied to the oilfield industry. For decades, we have produced product for many OEMs including Halliburton, Franks Casing, Weatherford, Schlumberger and FMC Technologies. We have developed significant deep bore capability for down-hole product, competencies for manufacturing multiple fluid end manifolds designs and large format turning capability for subsea product applications.

In 2009, the company was sold to Triumph Group and it operated as Triumph Structures-East Texas until August 2018 when it was purchased back by the current owners.

Our mission is to provide the best value to our customers through advanced capability, advanced manufacturing processes, quality components, skilled people, competitive cost structure and excellent customer service. Merritt has been featured in Modern Machine Shop magazine for its dedication for continuous improvement principles resulting in cost reductions for the customer.

See our Contacts page to find out how our experienced team can help provide a solution for your production needs.



A.P. Merritt Sr. Founder