Not skating by
Editor’s Note: Okmulgee and Okmulgee County are home to several manufacturing companies, not only providing services and products locally, but nationally and even internationally. There is a company in Okmulgee that many don’t know exists, or are not aware of what they do. Though small, they are impressive in what they have accomplished for the past 19 years, and what is in store for the future. --For many years, Okmulgee children and adults enjoyed evenings and weekend at the skating rink located on West 9th Street. Sadly, after years of operation, the business was closed. However, the location is now occupied by a firm that is a leader in its field. Liberty Partners, Inc., owned by Jesus and Martha Diaz, has been in business for 19 years. Liberty Partners began in 2003. First located in the McCulloch Building in downtown Okmulgee, the couple moved the firm to 812 W. 9th in 2005. The building was the former skating rink. Though the building may seem nondescript from the outside, what’s taking place inside in remarkable. Martha Diaz summed up what they do in one sentence -“If it can be done to an airplane, we can do it.” Their business is geared toward the aviation industry - whether small or large. At the 12,000 square foot facility, Liberty Partners will design, generate all certification data, fabricate parts, assemble, perform required tests and inspections, and then deliver to their customer a fully approved and certified part, ready to be installed in an aircraft.
This company does it all - and right in their own building.
One portion of the building houses the engineering department. Employees use modern technology to design and test to ensure everything works perfectly.
On the engineering side, the company has a list of what they offer:
• Mechanical/Structural - Concept, layout and detail drawings, including analysis for damage tolerance, icing on the planes, fluid dynamics and cabin decompression.
• Electrical - Communication and Navigation, entertainment systems, interior and exterior lighting, coax and wire harness.
• Certification - Supplemental Type Certificates, Parts Manufacturing Authorization, major alteration and repair and more.
• Testing - Wi-Fi Certification, Electro-Mechanical Parts, Coaxial Cable and Wire Harness.
Engineers in the department were working on a variety of projects for planes including a Cessna and Bombardier.
After leaving the quiet engineering area, the workshop is a completely different atmosphere.
Housing the latest in state-of-the-art equipment, Liberty Partners provides upholstery, woodworking, cabinetry, custom finishes, painting - all under one roof.
Doug Bressler serves as director of operations for Liberty Partners.
On one end, the upholstery department works on custom seating for the planes, whether it be the crew seats, cabin sets or divans. The company will give new styling for new or existing seating, including foam buildup and covers for the existing seating.
And the products used are not cheap. The company uses the best leathers for their upholstery projects.
The reupholstery is not just limited to airplanes. The company is currently working on recovering and repairing chairs from Green Country Technology Center.
Another part of the shop provides custom aircraft cabinetry designed to the customer’s request. The company provides hardwood and veneer refurbishment, and will install custom countertops. The company also specializes in Corian countertops, a material derived from a blend of bauxite and acrylic polymer, providing a luxe finish.
Other fabrication solutions include curtains, runners, headlines, wall panels, high-gloss or satin cabinet finishes, antenna adapters, instrument panels, shelves - basically a one-stop shop of services.
Liberty Partners also offers high-end, all-wood cabinetry for homes.
The company houses new state-of-the-art CNC machines, routers and most recently acquired a new, efficient painting room for their products.
The owners of Liberty Partners have every reason to be proud of what they offer.
There are more things on the horizon for the company that could cause added growth.
Liberty Partners Inc. currently has 19 employees and the company can boast that every single project is held to the highest standard of quality and service while being under one roof.