Fred Bauman 

Founder and President


Jim McCarty



History of Bauman Machine Inc.

Bauman Machine Inc. was founded in 1973 by Mr. Fred Bauman. Fred started his machining career in the early 1950s working for Homco International as a welder and a machinist. After leaving Homco he then went to work for Land & Marine to cut tool joints and then to A1 Bit and Tool before starting his own business. In the early 1970’s, Fred Bauman realized there was a high demand for oilfield machining services and decided to take a risk and go into business for himself. Fred started his business with one welder and one lathe in a small building behind his home. 

Word got out the business and Fred’s workload increased beyond his capacity.  He then approached his stepson Jim McCarty for help.  At that time, Jim was working as a machinist for A1 Bit and Tool.  Jim initially started helping with the business on nights and weekends. As their workload increased Jim quit A1 Bit and Tool and together they incorporated in 1975 as Bauman Machine Inc. 

In the late 1970’s, the oil boom was going strong and their business quickly took off. They began purchasing more equipment and hired more employees. They quickly out grew their small shop behind Fred’s home and in 1979, with 8 employees they decided to expand and build a new building on SW 44th Street. After it’s completion, they purchased several more machines and hired more people. During the peak of the Oilfield boom they had over 45 employees that primarily serviced the oil and gas industry by doing manufacturing and repair.

After the oil boom was over Jim saw that manufacturing was headed toward automated machines. In 1988, Bauman Machine purchased their first CNC lathe and begin a new venture in larger volume production work. Jim quickly realized that his investment paid off. CNC machines offered great rewards of higher production and better quality. Bauman Machine began investing in more CNC equipment and over the years have invested millions of dollars in some of the latest CNC and machining technology on the market.

1989, Fred Bauman retired and Jim McCarty continued to grow the business. In 1994, Bauman Machine had exhausted their floor space and decided to expand. This expansion added more than double the amount of floor space and with room to grow. In 1995, Jim’s son Mark McCarty joined the company after graduating from University of Oklahoma. Jim believed his son should start at the bottom and work his way up. Mark worked in every position including, a driver, a welder, and as a machinist.

In 2001, Jim retired and sold the business to his son. Mark continues the legacy of Bauman Machine Inc today. Over the past 50+ years, as the oilfield industry slowed down, Bauman Machine began venturing into other industries besides the oil and gas market. Some of these other industries include Semiconductor, Medical, Road Boring, and Heavy Construction Equipment. Bauman Machine began with a commitment of providing high quality machining services coupled with a high level of customer service, which today is still today our biggest commitment to our customers.

Mark McCarty