Lombard Iron Works and Supply Company


| July/August 1994



9374 Roosevelt St. Crown Point, Indiana 46307

The following information comes courtesy of the Richmond County Historical Society, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia. Sources of the individual articles are noted.

George S. Lombard

Over a very long period, four successive generations of the Lombard family have figured prominently in the life and development of Augusta. Grandfather, father, son, and grandson, all bearing the given name of George, have operated one of the outstanding industrial companies of the city, and each in turn has contributed to local progress and prosperity, civic advance and the public welfare.

George O. Lombard, grandfather of the gentleman whose name heads this review, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, but in 1869 purchased the Forest City Iron Works and Supply Company at Augusta, Georgia, which began operating under the trade name of George O. Lombard and Company. He started in a very small way, for this was shortly after the end of the War Between the States, and the means of nearly everyone had been greatly reduced and declined still further during the disastrous 'reconstruction period.' Growth for a number of years was relatively restricted, but the concern filled a genuine need in the city and therefore had the vitality to succeed. George O. Lombard married Frances Rowley, and their son, George R. Lombard, was born in 1856 and lived until April 19, 1929. He became one of the outstanding businessmen in Georgia and brought the company to major industrial leadership in its field. In 1894 the concern had been incorporated, and in 1914 it was rechartered as the Lombard Iron Works and Supply Company. He served as its president until his demise. George R. and Alice Hepzibah Lombard, were the parents of George S. Lombard, born in Augusta, February 18, 1879.

George S. Lombard received his formal and technical education in local public schools, the Richmond County Academy; The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina; Georgia Institute of Technology; and Auburn College, Alabama. He also attended Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, at that time one of the best of its kind in the United States, especially favored by Southern students. He early became identified with the Lombard Iron Works and Supply Company, but with the rise of the automobile, he turned his attention to this field and for twenty years represented Ford cars, trucks and tractors, in Augusta. After the death of his father, in 1929, George S. Lombard took over the leadership of the Lombard Iron Works and Supply Company, of which he gradually purchased outstanding holdings, and in 1934 reincorporated as the Lombard Iron Works and Supply Company, thereby retaining the old name. It is hardly necessary to point out that the corporation has a large plant which includes foundry, machine shop, boiler works and mill supplies, and distributes machinery, supplies, tools, over an extensive territory. Its return tubular boilers have a particularly fine reputation.

Like his father who was one of the foremost citizens of Augusta, George S. Lombard has long played active roles in many phases of the city's life and affairs.