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Athens Products




Bruss, Sharon (Dee Dee)

Harold Baker Consulting, Inc.


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Advantage Energy Group, Inc.

Manitowoc Cranes

(Article) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

My company produces the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Machine Tool Expo, a biennial trade show held a Wisconsin State Fair Park. P.W. Walsh, our official machinery mover since 1989, has played an integral role in helping us to produce one of the most successful machine tool shows in the nation. Many of our 300-plus exhibitors utilize Walsh's services between shows, so they endorse P.W. Walsh without hesitation, confident that Walsh knows their machines and how to handle them.

We have found all P.W. Walsh employees to be highly skilled, talented professionals. They are very safety-minded, efficient, and economical. When you add their friendliness and their willingness to always do more than is expected, you would be very hard pressed to find a better
machinery moving contractor.

Successive shows have presented new challenges, usually in the form of moving bigger machinery into smaller spaces. P.W. Walsh has continued to meet and overcome each new challenge they've been confronted with at our shows. We recommend them without reservation.

Please call me if you would like further information.


Jay Partington
Show Manager
Wisconsin Manufacturing and Machine Tool Expo

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I felt it was necessary to take time out of my day to drop you a short note. I would personally like to thank you for the outstanding service that you provided to our company yesterday. It is not very often that one of our vendors will go "above and beyond the call of duty" to help us out of a jam. Your companies ethics and attitude mirrors the standards we have set for our own employees.

It is often said that a dog is a mans best friend, but I believe "a great rigger is a machinery salesman's best friend" is more appropriate. Thank you again for your efforts, they do not go unnoticed.

Warmest regards,

Scott E. Buth, President
Machinery Sales, Inc.
EDM Sales

Where service is an attitude - not a department

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I am writing to express my appreciation to you for the exemplary job that Woody Dallman, Terry Helmbrect and Dale Jacklin did installing our bonding oven last week. They were able to completely install the oven housing in 4 days which exceeded our expectations. Woody, Terry and Dale displayed a work ethic and dedication that I have rarely seen in my 20 years of industrial experience. One aspect of their performance that I felt was particularly significant was their ability to quickly resolve problems and keep the project moving.

Based upon their performance, I will be contacting you in the future when we encounter machinery moving needs. Once again, we appreciate the good work your organization has done for Athens Products.

Joe Robinson
Manufacturing Services Manager
Athens Products

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I am writing to express my appreciation of a job well done by Woody and his crew last week. I found them to be knowledgeable and efficient. They were able to come in and move our machine, set it in place and anchor without any glitches.

Once again thanks for the good work your company has done. I will keep you in mind when we need another machinery moved.

Jesse Huarota

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Thank you P.W. Walsh & Co,

I appreciate your help! And hope we can do more business with you in the future. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call.


Amy Minch
Walker Cleveland Corp

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As always, it is great working with your crew as they are always very efficient and professional. Thank you in advance for your prompt follow up regarding this request.

Dee Dee Bruss
KMC Plant Manager

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I want to commend you on a job well done. Woody, Justin and Dennis did a great job dismantling and loading the 2500-ton Youngstown aluminum extrusion press at Oilgear in Milwaukee, unloading and rigging all the large components at Superior Extrusions in Gwinn, MI. They are great ambassadors for P.W. Walsh.

Best regards,

Harold A. Baker
Harold Baker Consulting, Inc.

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It was a pleasure doing business with P.W. Walsh regarding the Fairbanks Morse cmm move. During my ten years as a Service Engineer and Supervisor for DEA/Brown & Sharp and my eight years as the owner of Cal Plus, I have installed and moved hundreds of cmms all across North America. I have worked with both in-house and contracted riggers on the installation of these machines. I was impressed with the knowledge and competence that your personnel exhibited in moving such a delicate piece of equipment. You should be pleased to know that after reassembly, the machine squareness errors had only changed 0.0005" over 42". This is a minor adjustment to correct after such a move.

The gentlemen who assisted me in this move did a remarkable job in handling a fragile and highly precise piece of equipment in order to provide the end result we received for the customer. Please give my thanks to all those involved. I will be recommending your organization to my customers when your services are needed.

Thank you again,

James Kobberstad
Cal Plus, Inc.

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This letter is to confirm that P.W. Walsh has helped Brown& Sharpe successfully, on many occasions, to De-Install, Move and Re-Install our Coordinate Measuring Machines. In particular, the last one was at Techstar in Germantown, WI (Bob Ertle, QA Manager) where we installed a machine in a new location for the customer.

I have no hesitation in recommending this company to assist us in moving our, or similar machines in the future. I have found them to be a reliable and responsive company, capable in moving heavy machinery successfully.

If I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me at Brown & Sharpe (847-697-0300)

Yours faithfully,

Malcolm C. Parsons
Mid-West Region Service Manager

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Thanks for the great job your crew did over at McAdams Graphics!

Shane certainly is a valuable employee and knows his rigging. The two other gentlemen also had super good work ethic and a good attitude.

I enjoyed working with them all.

Advantage Energy Group, Inc.

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I appreciate the service and professionalism of P.W. Walsh. Justin and Brian did a great job assisting G&L installing the boring bar in our Port Washington facility. The G&L installers had nothing but excellent comments on how knowledgeable and diligently they worked on the project. Coming under budget and under the scheduled time was also another huge relief on our end in these tough economic times. I was very pleased on how everything worked out since our company hasn't used P.W. Walsh for rigging assistance before. With our growing company, we strive to become bigger and better than all of our competition, and this will mean we will have many projects upcoming in the future installing machines to replace older models. I will not hesitate in recommending your company to perform those future services. Once again, thank you for all the help.

Jordan Saak
Manufacturing Engineer - Machine Shop
Manitowoc Cranes

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Article)

Hartford - Nearly 100 pieces of manufacturing equipment valued at up to $10 million, from room-size metal presses to metal-cutting lasers, are being trucked this month across the city.

The circling of flatbed trailers between Steel Craft Corp. on Wacker Drive and the long-vacant Mercury Marine plant on Marine Drive will come to an end Friday, General Manager Gene Wendorff said.

The company expects to complete its cross-town relocation which began Oct. 2, one week ahead of schedule. About 80% of employees already were working at their new posts inside the Marine Drive factory earlier this week.

On Monday, a 60-ton forklift truck slowly lifted a 16-foot-tall stamping press off the floor at Steel Craft. A crew of movers from P.W. Walsh & Co. of Menomonee Falls laid the 300-ton machine on its side atop a trailer.

The tallest machines all ride lying down to keep them from becoming entangled with utility wires suspended across city streets, Wendorff said.

Continuous production

Though the 24-year-old company is moving lock, stock and laser, production was never shut down, according to plant Superintendent Joe Lechner.

Even the presses and other large pieces of equipment were unplugged and unproductive for no more than three hours when it came time for them to be moved.

"We didn't miss a shift," he said. The company employs 225 workers and runs three eight-hour shifts a day.

"We did not have the luxury of shutting down for the move," Wendorff said. Steel Craft's customers want its products shipped to them as they are made, eliminating the need for storage on their end, he said. Major customers include Caterpillar Inc., the Peoria, Ill., maker of construction machinery, and Life Fitness, a manufacturer of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment.

Steel Craft, which makes components for a variety of agricultural, construction, snow removal and fitness products, paid $4 million earlier this year to acquire the former Mercury Marine plant on the north bank of the Rubicon River. The site, which encompasses 28 acres southeast of Grand Ave. and E. Wisconsin St., also includes a vacant three-story factory west of the Mercury plant.

"When we started planning the move at the end of last year, we sat down to determine how we wanted material to flow through the building, from the steel coming in to the product going out," Wendorff said.

Then Joe (Lechner) determined the placement of the machinery on the floor. He and our electrical subcontractor have been working since May 1 to prepare hookups for the equipment," he said.

Deep pits also had to be dug into the plant's concrete floor to accommodate the foundations of the largest presses.

Building renovation, landscaping, parking lot repairs and the three-week move will cost an extra $2.5 million or more, according to Wendorff.

Steel Craft put a new roof on the 235,000-square-foot plant and is having new windows installed.

Room to grow

The location provides 100,000 square feet of additional space for expansion of Steel Craft's manufacturing lines, Wendorff said.

"We currently have 135,000 square feet on Wacker Drive," he said. The company built a plant there in 1978 and constructed five of six additions since that time. Even so, machines were squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces as production increased in recent years.

"But we're landlocked here with no opportunity to add on again," he said. "The Mercury Marine facility sits on 28 acres with all kinds of opportunity for growth."

The first sign of growth should hit the shop floor next month. A new pair of metal-cutting lasers to be installed by Thanksgiving will be more than twice as fast as the current models.

Lasers use a combination of gases and electricity to form a narrow beam only 0.007 inches thick. The new units will be able to burn multiple holes through inch-thick steel in the same time it takes the company's 5-year-old models to cut a circle in a steel sheet only one-half inch thick.

Early next year, Sno-Way International Inc. will move from 844 W. State St. to Steel Craft's old quarters on Wacker Drive, Wendorff said. Sno-Way makes snowplows, salt spreaders and cranes for trucks.

Its departure will provide room to grow for Hartford Finishing, a contract painting company also located at 844 W. State St.

The three companies are owned by brothers Gary, Gene and Terry Wendorff. Gary Wendorff is president of each company.

Copyright 2000 Journal Sentinel Inc.

Record Number: 2000101811024328

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