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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 pm

Odessa Pumps and Equipment owners Toby and Sondra Eoff celebrated an official opening of their new corporate office in rapidly growing eastern Odessa with a party attended by civic and business leaders, who lauded the prominent company’s growth.

The roughly $2.4 million building, at 8161 Dorado Drive, includes large offices for the owners and about 15 managers who say they outgrew their headquarters on North West County Road. Architect Jason Dean, who also designed the large cross off of Highway 191, has an office inside too.

The Odessa pump manufacturing company was founded in 1980 by Toby Eoff’s father, Kenneth Eoff, and primarily serviced the oilfield. Today, Toby Eoff serves as president of the company and Sondra Eoff as CEO.

Together, they diversified the company by branching out into supplying other sectors such as municipalities and general industry. Beyond crude oil and gas, their pumps began moving everything from waste water to peanut butter and picante sauce to beer.

Part of that expansion meant opening offices in San Antonio and Dallas in the 1990s and early 2000s, which positioned the company to enter the Barnett and Eagle Ford shale plays as they took off with the advent of unconventional drilling.

“It was sheer coincidence — there was no strategy that way,” Toby Eoff said. “Really, quite frankly, every single market place in 2015 will be all growth markets. The oil market, the gas market, the municipal market . . . It’s a good time to be in the pump business.”

Now there are 15 Odessa Pumps locations, Toby Eoff said, which were all run out of the headquarters at 3209 North West County Road before the new building. This year, they plan to open up another two: in San Angelo and Oklahoma City. They employ more than 200 people.

Developers of the office obtained a building permit valuing the project at about $2 million in October of 2012, expecting to move about a year later. But Toby Eoff said they struggled with the construction delays common in the booming building market and did not move in until April of this year.

There is a large garage that now holds Eoff’s classic cars, a large break room with an attached balcony, and landscaping designed by Odessan John Barnett, which includes native desert plants, a koi pond and a putting green.

Attendees Wednesday included State Rep. Tryon Lewis, Medical Center Hospital CEO Bill Webster, who called the facility “the most beautiful commercial property in Odessa, and various other prominent businesspeople and power brokers.

Dean, a friend of Toby Eoff, described his design of the 7,700 square-foot building — with another 1,200 square feet of garages and patios — as southwest contemporary. It was his first project since returning to West Texas from the Metroplex. Workers finished the final touches this week.

The property, across the Midland County line and overlooking the Odessa Country Club golf course, sits near developments such as new apartment homes, various retail, hotels and a horizontal oil well.

But there was a measure of convenience in opening an office in east Odessa too, Sondra Eoff said.

“We spend so much time at the office, that it’s nice to be close to home,” Sondra Eoff said. “. . .We’ve been blessed.”

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