DME is an American manufacturer of expansion joints stemming from one man’s desire to own his own business: the American dream.
In 1973 Dale Moore was unhappy with his employment and it was affecting his personal life. He would go home after a long day at work and be unable to interact with his family. His job was wearing on him. Dale always joked to his wife about one day calling her at home and telling her, “I need a ride.” This would mean he had quit his job and needed to be picked up.
The phone call came early in 1974, the same year Dale opened the doors to his own company, Dale Moore Enterprises. With the help of a silent partner, Dale received $12,000 in capital to start his new endeavor. This was a very small amount, given he needed to find a location, buy inventory and pay himself a large enough salary to feed six children.
Dale had built an excellent reputation in the flexible piping industry and was ready to put it to the test. Dale’s specialty was Bellows and Expansion Joints, so it made sense to manufacture and sell what he knew best. Working out of a shop space 14’ x 60’ in 1974, Dale still remembers the first item ever sold, a 2” brass pump connector. Two years later the company incorporated, the name Dale Moore Enterprises was dropped and only the initials DME were used. Six months later, Dale and his wife Shirley bought out their silent partner for $37,000 and both became sole owners of DME. Shirley became CFO and was the glue that kept the doors open at times.
It wasn’t always hearts and flowers. In the very beginning, Dale and his sons gathered recycled boxes to be used in his shipping department. DME even used an old antique four-legged bathtub for a testing tank. A quote Dale has used since the conception of DME is, “My best ally was sheer guts and ignorance.”
Why am I telling you all of this? Because there is something you can rely on with DME. From the original couple of employees to the large team today, one thing still remains the same: a quality product and a commitment to excellent service. DME was founded on these principals and it is the reason for most of the success. We would love to help you with your next project!
Contact DME at (800) 4 DME INC or email the sales desk