In 1949, Charles A Gray moved from the small community of Stanton, TX to Midland and formed C. A. Gray Plumbing Company. Three short years later, a 15-year old plumber’s apprentice, Corky Bosworth, arrived from central Texas and was hired by Mr. Gray.
In 1959, the company added heating and air conditioning to it services. By the early 1960’s Corky was promoted to the management team of C.A. Gray Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. After being focused on residential service and new construction, Corky expanded the business into commercial mechanical contracting. By the 1970’s the company was completing work on motels, apartments, schools, and office projects in many parts of Texas and Oklahoma.
In 1974, Mr. Gray handed the duties of president to Mr. Bosworth and he became an Owner in the company. A few years later and into the early 1980’s, the local economy was in the midst of an oil boom. At that time, Corky realized the company would be better positioned if it focused on Midland and the Permian Basin. In addition, he wanted to become a better corporate citizen.
In 1983 another Permian Basin oil boom came to a halt and company growth was temporarily impacted. In the summer of 1987, Mr. Bosworth purchased the remaining stock from the Gray family and obtained sole ownership. At that time, the company changed its name to The Bosworth Company.