(Arlington Chamber of Commerce) Greater Arlington has a diverse and vibrant business community. To coincide with Jackie Robinson Day, the Texas Rangers celebrate the diversity within our community while honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson. The Texas Rangers Baseball Club and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation recognize diverse-owned businesses with the Jackie Robinson Business Most Valuable Diverse Partner Award (MVDP). We are proud to see the Industrial Solutions Company recognized as the 2020 MVDP.
Industrial Solutions Company is owned and managed by greater Arlington business leaders and active Chamber members Barbara and Leonard Oldums. Together, the couple has helped grow Industrial Solutions Company. “It is so wonderful that we won the award together,” said Owner Barbara Oldums.
Industrial Solutions Company was honored with this prestigious award for going above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit quality, class and professionalism in all aspects of its business. “It really is a true blessing after all of the hard ups and downs, all of our savings put in, late nights and trying to develop customers as a small business,” said Barbara Oldums. She credits her business’ success to their commitment to customer service and building relationships. “Even if there is a problem, we don’t run away from it. We stay right there with the customer. Sometimes we help them solve problems that we don’t even know of, but they trusted us enough to help us solve the problem that another vendor created.”
Vice President & CFO Leonard Oldums explained how the opportunity to work with the Rangers began with providing a limited amount of supplies, but has grown since. Leonard Oldums described how their commitment enables Industrial Solutions Company to succeed and be recognized within the community.
“I don’t want to be the best minority business in town, I want to be the best industrial supply company there is period. So what that will cause you to do when you approach it with that mindset, is put on your business suit and make business presentations in the morning then you come home and put your jeans and t-shirt on to make deliveries. When you do that, you will get rewarded not just as a minority business, but as the best period. I think everyone should shoot for being the best period,” Leonard Oldums.
Industrial Solutions’ relationship with the Rangers has helped them gain more customers and more relationships within the community. Regardless of whether a firm is a minority or small business, the Oldums stress the importance of building relationships.