L-K Industries
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Our Mission

To set the standard for manufacturing quality and customer service in the petroleum testing industry.

Our Vision

To operate with excellence, achieve corporate growth, and develop strong community alliances.

Our Values

Be safe Work Smart Have fun
Plan ahead Focus on quality Execute with urgency
Work together Communicate frequently Do what you say
Innovate often Have confidence Exceed expectations
Support each other Take responsibility Build your community
One team One family One Company

Management Team

Eric R. Calderon

Eric R. Calderon – President and Chief Executive Officer

Born in Houston, Texas, Eric R. Calderon serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of L-K Industries. Mr. Calderon previously worked as an engineer for Concho Resources in the Permian Basin. In this role, he gained valuable field experience in drilling and operations. Later he moved into a corporate engineering role where he assisted with the evaluation of corporate reserves and strategic acquisitions. Prior to his role with Concho Resources, Mr. Calderon worked with ExxonMobil as an international reservoir engineer and with Chevron as an offshore engineer in the Gulf.

In 2012, Mr. Calderon had the privilege of working for House Speaker John Boehner on energy policy and legislation. Today, he serves as a board member of the Global Alumni Board for Harvard Business School and is a Founding Board Member of the Harvard Latino Alumni Association.

Mr. Calderon earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Rod Tejeda – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Tejeda joined the L-K team in 2015. Prior to joining L-K Industries, Mr. Tejeda worked for Riveron Consulting where he assisted private equity firms from acquisition to integration, operation, and divestiture. He previously founded Scale Living focused on residential development, worked with ExxonMobil performing financial analysis of operations, and served as an internal consultant for Transocean. Mr. Tejeda began his career with the Assurance and Advisory group of KPMG where he performed financial audits and advised Fortune 500 clients in the Energy and Industrials sectors. Mr. Tejeda is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and his Masters of Science in Accountancy from The University of Houston, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Tejeda volunteers his time with education focused nonprofits, and serves the President of the Cornell Johnson Club of Houston. He’s currently on the boards of the Greater East End Management District and the Space City Credit Union. In his spare time, Mr. Tejeda enjoys travel, visual arts, and outdoor recreation.

Dwan Thomas – Director of Products and Strategic Initiatives

Mrs. Thomas joined L-K Industries in 2016. She cofounded Verge Energy Consulting, a firm focused on oil & gas finance and strategy, and previously worked for Air Liquide. At Air Liquide, Mrs. Thomas participated in the ALLEX Program – a two-year rotational development program for top engineering graduates. Next as a Quality Management Specialist, she revamped quality processes and procedures, and performed facility audits to determine FDA compliance. She was later a field project engineer – designing, budgeting and managing the installation of cryogenic airgas supply systems across the Central Plains. Mrs. Thomas earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves as Secretary of the ASTM E20.05 Committee on Testing Measurement and volunteers for the Houston Independent School District. When not in the office, Mrs. Thomas enjoys creating artwork, sports, CrossFit and sci-fi movies.

Frank Ragan – Senior Technical Advisor

Mr. Ragan joined the L-K team in 2003, and has a thorough background in the operation of the company. He has been involved in both manual and CNC machining operations and has been instrumental in maintaining the machines and facilities. Mr. Ragan was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2006 and focuses on improving the L-K product line to better respond to the needs of our customers. He has been involved in the oil & gas industry in some form of R&D engineering since 1964.

Our History

Founded in 1930 as L-K Pump Valve Company, L-K Industries has evolved to become one of the most well known names in oil testing.
Our Founder, Louis Hill Kennon, believed that quality products and service were the pillars to building a long-term company, and he was right. Eighty five years later, L-K Industries continues operating with the same guiding principles. In 2015, the company started a new chapter and was acquired by Eric R. Calderon. Upon closing Eric remarked, “It’s a privilege to carry on such a well respected name in the industry. With such a strong operating history, L-K stands well positioned to continue serving customers and making quality products for the next 85 years and beyond”.
  • 01 January 1930
    L-K Pump Valve Company Founded by Louis Hill Kennon
  • 01 January 1951
    Louis Kennon and Sam Melton partner to design an oilfield centrifuge
  • 01 January 1952
    L-K Pump Valve moves to its current location on Lawndale Street
  • 01 January 1953
    L-K changes its name from "L-K Pump Valve Company" to "L-K Industries, Inc."
  • 01 January 1957
    L-K manufactures the "Melton" centrifuge
  • 01 January 1962
    ASTM Standards released based on Melton Centrifuge
  • 01 January 1963
    API Standard released for centrifuge testing
  • 01 January 1967
    Joseph H. Hugghins named President of L-K Industries, Inc.
  • 01 January 1996
    L-K designs the first Transport Series Centrifuge
  • 01 January 1999
    L-K designs the Benchmark Centrifuge
  • 01 November 2012
    Kennon Hugghins named President of L-K Industries, Inc.
  • 16 April 2015
    L-K Industries is acquired by Eric R. Calderon