1902 :: Although Shawnee, OK was a vital stationing point for railroad freighters, it was also a center for labor and the repair of steam engine rail cars.
At the time, steam driven rail cars were assembled in semi-circle shaped structures called roundhouse.
Designed with a large rotating 360 degree stationing track, a roundhouse would serve much like a multi-garaged mechanic's station with each garage contributing to a different aspect of a railcar's construction.
At this time, both the Rock Island Railroad and Choctaw Railroad had established roundhouses in the Shawnee region, employing hundreds of rail and roundhouse workers.
1903 :: Named after the bustling town, Shawnee Garment Mfg. Co. (SGMC) is established with over 100 employees and the finest of modern labor-saving machinery - run by electricity!