Our History

For over a century, the name Lydick-Hooks has stood for quality, integrity and responsibility.  In 1991, we began our second century of service to the homeowners, institutions and industries of Texas with an undiminished commitment to excellence in every phase of roofing applications. 

From its humble beginnings in Fort Worth in 1891, the Lydick-Hooks Roofing Company has grown into one of the nation's largest applicators of roofing products.  The firm has left its mark over a wide expanse of West Texas on construction projects ranging from mammoth defense installations to modest residences.  Today, from its strategic locations, Lydick-Hooks operates full service facilities in Abilene, Midland, Lubbock, Brownwood and Wichita Falls. 

It has been that way since John E. Lydick quit his job with the Santa Fe Railroad, and started his own business, coating metal roofs in Fort Worth, Texas.  In the 1900s, his son, Ned Lydick, began working for him, soon to be joined by J.M. Hooks, who opened a branch in Abilene in 1920.

 Joe W. Lydick, was the third generation of the family to be active in the business.  He began working for his father, Ned Lydick, at the age of 14 as a built-up roofer. He was the roofing superintendent on the roof installation at the Convair plant (now General Dynamics) in Fort Worth in 1941.  The mile-long roof, with nearly 2 million square feet, remains today as one of the largest roofs ever installed on a single building.  Joe W. Lydick passed away in 1997.

 Ralph M. Hooks Sr. of Abilene, son of J.M. Hooks was Vice Chairman of the Board and Mayor of Abilene.  Ralph was also responsible for instituting the health insurance and profit sharing retirement program for the employees of Lydick-Hooks Roofing.  His son, Ralph (Randy) M. Hooks Jr., bought his fathers stock and today is Vice-President of all the Lydick-Hooks Companies.  Randy is the President and General Manager of Lydick-Hooks Roofing of Lubbock.  Randy is also Chairman of the Board of Lydick-Hooks Roofing, Inc. Randy represents the third generation of Hooks family members active in the business. 

Dean Austin went to work for Lydick-Hooks of Abilene in 1939 and in 1959 he moved to Midland opening Lydick-Hooks Roofing of Midland.  He served as Vice-President and General Manager until his death in 1976.  Mike and Candice AustinHis son, Mike Austin, succeeded his father as Vice-President and General Manager.  Mike started with Lydick-Hooks in his teens and became a salesman after graduation from college.  In 1985, after 23 years roofing experience, Mike became President of Lydick-Hooks Roofing Company of Midland. 

 Cole Jones had been in the construction business for over 20 years when he came to work for Lydick-Hooks in 1988.  Cole has become the Vice-President of Lydick-Hooks Roofing of Midland. 

Throughout its history, one thing has never changed at Lydick-Hooks, and that is its emphasis on responsibility.  That has been the code under which the company has operated since its inception.  Responsibility is traditional at Lydick-Hooks.  All materials are tested before use.  The firm stands behind its work, behind any deficiencies in materials or labor.

 That is what made Lydick-Hooks Roofing Company an industry leader and earned its place on the select bidding lists of major contractors, corporations, and institutions statewide.  That same tradition will continue to be the Lydick-Hooks hallmark in the next century of service.



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