Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI) Celebrates 90 Years of Service, Solutions and Success

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Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI), led by four generations of the Pearce family, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2014.

We are embracing new technologies and providing solid solutions for our customers. I can’t wait to see what the next 90 years brings.

In 1924, Louis M. Pearce, Sr. was seven years into his business career in the oil service industry as president of Houston-based Texas Iron Works (TIW), when he created the Portable Rotary Rig Company, which built drill rigs powered by steam. In 1933, he acquired the Waukesha engine distributorship for his drill rig company. Pearce and his son, Louis M. Pearce, Jr., who joined the company after service in World War II, grew the business through several name changes and company directions. Waukesha Pearce Industries (WPI) was formed in 1967 with the merger of its two operating divisions, Waukesha Sales and Service and Pearce Equipment Company.

Today, WPI focuses on construction machinery and engine solutions across multiple applications and industries. WPI’s markets include earth moving to mining on the construction machinery side and gas compression to power generation in its engine division.

WPI works in partnership with many of the most recognized names in the industry, including GE, Komatsu, Kohler and Generac. The company employs 800 across the United States.

“What makes us a strong partner is that we’ve been at this a long time,” said Louis Pearce III, President, WPI. “We’re in our 90th year in business so we know what it takes to support a very diversified customer base as well as being a good partner to our stakeholders.”

WPI and TIW, the operating business units of Pearce Industries Inc., provide a single source for highly trained experts in the oil and gas industry who know every step of the production process and can provide solutions for a multitude of applications across customized equipment from trusted manufacturers.

“There is a great new wave of opportunity in the oil and gas patch,” said fourth generation family member Louis Pearce IV, WPI OEM Business Development Manager. “The industry is rapidly changing and being right in the center of that with WPI is exciting for us.”

“What sets us apart from our competitors and gives us that competitive advantage ties back to our culture. We’re a family, and in turn, we see our customers as family,” Pearce IV added. “Initiatives like our Pearce University management training program will keep us fresh and attract talented employees as we continue to grow in the coming years.”

Louis Pearce IV looks ahead to his future in the family industry with a clear vision. “When you do business with Pearce Industries, you’re getting a commitment from the Pearce family,” said Pearce IV. “This is what we do, and that’s our advantage. We are embracing new technologies and providing solid solutions for our customers. I can’t wait to see what the next 90 years brings.”

About Waukesha-Pearce Industries (WPI)
Since 1924, WPI has partnered with world-class manufacturers to provide equipment and service solutions across a multitude of applications. With highly skilled technicians across its United States territories, WPI effectively addresses and resolves runtime challenges, striving to surpass customer needs through maximized uptime. WPI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pearce Industries, Inc.

Texas-based WPI and Canada-based Gas Drive International are North American distributors of GE’s Waukesha gas engines, with strategically located operations that enhance the ability to offer customers timely and efficient support. To learn more about WPI and its 90th anniversary, visit http://solutions.wpi.com/anniversary.

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