"An appointment was made with Mr. Hamilton. With the help of an attorney, Jerry Worthy, who later joined the Small Business Administration of the U. S. Department of Commerce, and other close friends, Southern Alloy Corporation was formed and a lease of some of the facilities was arranged, an option to buy being an important clause of the contract.
"Southern Alloy Corporation was organized as an Alabama Corporation on August 1, 1958. Original shareholders were J. Frank Bobbitt, George Phillips and Jerry D. Worthy. During the first year Charles Searcy and Dr. Max E. Vaughn became shareholders and officers.
"The big reason that Frank Bobbitt has been able to devote more time to management and planning the past few years is Billy Bobbitt. Billy, son of Frank and Mary, graduated from the University of Alabama in 1968 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Going through college on the co-op program, he not only paid his own way, but gained much valuable and diversified experience in the places he worked. This experience as well as his educational training came with him to Southern Alloy. He is now taking care of the customer quotations, production supervision and other staff functions as well as working closely with customers in their problem areas. Billy grew up around the foundry business and has personally worked with every process in making, treating and finished castings. Billy is now a director of the corporation and has been elected vice-president. "
In 1959 the sales of the company was slightly over one hundred thousand dollars. In 1970 the sales were over one million dollars, and today is several million dollars.
"Although it might seem that Frank Bobbitt had little time for anything other than business, he is always seeking opportunities to be of service to his fellow man. Since his childhood he has been an active church member and has worked regularly as a Sunday-School teacher for the last eighteen years. He has held the office of a deacon in two churches and is now serving the Alabama Baptist Convention as a member of the Committee of Boards and Commissions. With Mary, also active in her church, he has found many ways to encourage and assist young and old associates and friends. in Pampa, he spent several years as an active adult leader in the Boy Scout and Explorer programs. He is a Mason, and Mary is