In the 1970's Mesa Industries opened a new sales office in Houston, Texas. Here, the company could focus on the need for its products at the many refiners located around the gulf coast. Houston also proved to be a strategic location for the gunite industry, given the amount of pool builders in the surrounding areas. After expanding the market for Mesa's products across the country and internationally, Ray Sexton saw the need to control the equipment manufacturing source for the machines it had been supplying to its gunite customers. 1n 1974, Mesa Industries acquired Airplaco Equipment Company, a manufacturer of gunite, shotcrete and grout pumps originally established in the 1940's. At about this time, Mesa Industries opened its third location in Cincinnati, Ohio where Airplaco production is centrally located.
The Mesa Rubber division branched off in the 1990's forming what today is known as Mesa Laminated Fabrics (MLF). The MLF division produces laminated materials for a variety of applications, including environmental protection, medical, military and other specialized industries. MLF remains at the forefront of laminated fabric technology by continually developing new features, such as vapor barriers, fire resistance, U/V protection and incomparable abrasion resistance. Today Mesa continues to grow under the leadership of a second generation. The markets that Mesa serves are always expanding as the company takes advantage of the new technologies available to a world class American manufacturer.