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
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
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.
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
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.