In 1964 he sold his business and moved to Falls City, Oregon where the trees grow tall, the rivers and creeks cut the land, wild black berries cover the hills, and he almost starved out. Staying only nine months, he returned to Texas and went to work for L. G. "Mike" Fowler at Fowler Manufacturing Company in Lubbock, Texas. He helped Mike design and produce the Fowler Wagon Hand and worked on the first eight row cotton stripper. Although, this stripper was never a production model, it was a working precursor of the later John Deere and IHC strippers.
In the fall of 1969 while working as the shop forman at Fowler's, he was in an industrial accident which resulted in the loss of two fingers on his left hand. This accident was the catalyst he needed to reopen a business of his own.
In April 1970 R. C. Mason and Weldon Turpin opened Lorenzo Manufacturing Company at its present location in Lorenzo, Texas. R. C. handled production and Weldon handled sales. The first couple of years were very lean indeed, and in 1972 Weldon Turpin sold out his share of the business to R. C. and Mary.
After that, R. C., Mary, and Roger Mason, their youngest son still in high school, along with Freddie C. Ramirez toiled away to just keep the doors open. It was not unusual for them to work twelve hour days. They were the total office, production and sales staff of the company.
The company was basically a welding shop. Much of the Mason's business was repair work, but this began to change in the mid 70s when R. C. began manufacturing trailer dump panels.These were four foot by eight foot light weight net panels used to stop basket dump spillover in cotton being dumped into trailers.
About the same time, he began manufacturing portable cotton trailer lights. His units were used by the Texas Department of Safety to demonstrate proper lighting which would meet the mandates of the new state law. He then began to mass produce toolbar equipment and accessories: shanks, clamps and toolbar spacers, and cotton stripper augers. Business was looking up, then in 1975, R. C. had a heart attack
Since R. C. could no longer work the long strenuous hours as he had in the past, his son David returned home to help with the business. By 1976 two daughters JoAnn Curbo and Donna Brown were also working in the business.
Both JoAnn and Donna started out operating threading machines or assembling, painting, and warehousing shanks and clamps. And it wasn't unsual at this time to see Mary Mason involved in the same activities.
R. C. never fully recovered from his heart attack and Mary began actively making decisions not only on admistration matters, but in production matters as well. With time, she became very adapt at both.
By 1980 when the company incorporated, there were numerous family members working in the business: three sons, a son-in-law, two daughters, and two daughters-in-law making this in every since of the word a "family" business. Some of the family have come and gone, but Lorenzo Manufacturing Company, Inc., built from scratch with hard work and determination, remains a small family owned and operated business. Currently, JoAnn "Jody" Curbo handles sales, and along with Alton Brown and Cindy Mason helps line out prodcution; Alton Brown maintains the equipment; Cindy Mason operates the torches and she produces all of the speciality u-bolts. With the addition of a granddaughter, Mary Brown as a welder in the production crew, the third generation of Masons has become involved in the business.
Both R. C. Mason and Mary Mason have died, but their legacy of producing a quality product at a reasonable prices continues. Lorenzo Mfg Co Inc. has dealers in 23 states and is still growing while striving to maintain the principles set out by R. C. and Mary Mason.
Roger Mason President of Lorenzo Mfg Co Inc from 1991 - 1999 and an integral part of the business, died unexpectedly in August 1999. He will be greatly missed, but the family will continue working together to produce "quality farm equipment at competitive prices", just as it has since 1970.