Ozaukee Economic Development Director Kathleen Cady
Schilling, front left, and Cedarburg City Administrator
Christy Mertes are pictured with officials from Wilo
Machine and Scot Pump, as well as the city of Cedarburg.
News Graphic file photo
In 1957, businessman Russell
Bratt founded Scot Pump in Ozaukee County. The business has
manufactured pumps at its Cedarburg location for over 50 years.
In 1978, Karak Machine (now Wilo Machine), was acquired to machine
parts for Scot Pump. In 1988, Bratt acquired Weil Pump and moved it
to Cedarburg soon after. In 1995, Weil Pump experienced a
devastating fire at one of its foundries. Many of both Scot and Weil
pump patterns were lost.
“Bratt spent long hours every day retooling the patterns,” said Jeff
Plaster, CEO and managing director of Wilo. “It took several years
of designing and testing. The outcome is that he had a product line
that is modular and efficient and carries forth until today.”
According to Dave Wilkerson, CEO/managing director for Wilo USA and
Scot Pump, Wilo USA saw the potential synergy with Scot, Karak and
Weil, and acquired the companies from Russell Bratt in 2017.
“Wilo has been extremely pleased with our team,” said Wilkerson.
“Our companies and people share similar values, which helped make
for a smooth transition.”
“Weil makes really heavy-duty parts,” said Plaster. “They have kept
their castings robust with thick walls. This has led to high-quality
parts with less than one half percent product returns. This is one
of the reasons that Weil Pump in Cedarburg has doubled in size in
“You can attribute a lot to Jeff too,” said Tim Bade.
Wilo Machine and
Scot Pump CEO and Managing Director Dave Wilkerson is
pictured with ne of the companies’ products. Wilkerson
recently returned from an international conference in
Moscow, where he was the only American in attendance.
Photo by Sheryl Popp
Bade is sales and
technical manager for Weil Pump and has been with the
company for 32 years. He has a great sense of how the
company has grown in both its business and its stature.
“Bratt had moved to Florida and wasn’t very involved
here. The business was successful, but did not grow.
Salespeople were given factory training and we brought
customers here to see how things worked. The sales force
was excited and we had a new marketing plan.”
“Weil products are used in every major U.S. sports
stadium,” said Plaster. “And in hospitals and
universities, as well as at Microsoft, Tesla, Apple and
Nike. Engineers choose the best products for their
designs and they choose Weil.”
Product lines include pumps and plumbing accessories for
HVAC, sewage systems, water management and groundwater
systems, control panels and accessories. All castings
are poured here and parts are machined and assembled
“Wilo invests in their facilities and the communities
they’re in,” said Plaster. “ They want to be an employer
of choice in the community and attract quality talent to
That’s one reason Wilo chose to support Cedarburg’s
STEAM program (science technology, engineering, arts and
mathematics) education. They have made a $100,000
investment to date, and also support Summer Sounds and
the Ozaukee County Fair.
“Wilo simply has the best people, customers and
products,” Plaster said.