USA President Tim Ruppert speaks to employees of Weil
Pump and Scot Pump during a meeting at the Cedarburg
Cultural Center Monday. Behind him are Weil Pump VP and
GM Jeff Plaster, left, and Dave Wilkerson, VP and GM of
Scot Pump and Karak Machine Corp.
by Mark Justesen
Cedarburg pump manufacturers Weil Pump, Scot Pump and Karak Machine
Corp. were acquired by Wilo USA, a division of German-based Wilo.
Wilo is a $1.5
billion turnover pump company headquartered in Dortmund, Germany,
with operations in more than 50 countries.
was celebrated during a luncheon and presentation Monday at the
Cedarburg Cultural Center.
“This is a
historic day for all of us,” said Jeff Plaster, Weil Pump vice
president and general manager.
For Wilo, the
acquisition means a stronger presence in America and a step toward
the company’s goal of growing beyond 2 billion euros ($2.12
billion). For the local pump industry, it means joining a global
company with a culture of
of respect,” according to Plaster, but also operating under an
umbrella company that is willing to invest in its acquisitions.
a presentation with their current and new bosses,
employees of Weil Pump, Scot Pump and Karak Machine
Corp. learned they would receive a 3-percent raise.
by Mark Justesen
customers, this means additional growth and improved service
opportunities in the future by utilizing the global resources of
Wilo – both in the U.S. and around the world,” according to a press
release from Weil.
international scope will help us as we want to grow in the future,”
Scot Pump and Karak General Manager Dave Wilkerson said.
this means increased benefits. During the presentation, Wilo USA
President Tim Ruppert announced new employee benefits that include
enhanced health plan options and a 3-percent pay increase, effective
“The city of
Cedarburg welcomes Wilo USA to the business community, and looks
forward to supporting the joined forces of Wilo USA, Weil Pump, Scot
Pump and Karak Machine Corp.,” Cedarburg Economic Coordinator Mary
Sheffield said. “This is an exciting opportunity for the pump
businesses that Russell Bratt owned and operated for many years in
Wilo USA has
operations in Thomasville, Ga., and a corporate office in Rosemont,
Ill. Wilo officials said the acquisitions demonstrate the company’s
global, yet local, approach.
these brands together here, we’re able to make American-made
products for America,” said Gary Mannus, Wilo president Region
Mayor Kip Kinzel
– who noted he is a former employee of Scot Pump – attended the
luncheon and welcomed the reinforcement to Cedarburg industry.
“I was really
excited to hear the news. We need to keep that industrial base,”
Kinzel said. “I have always been a huge proponent of economic