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From the first sketches of broken parts that Leon Wandler improved to the most sophisticated mine shovel assemblies that the company’s engineers reverse engineered from junk piles, L&H knew exactly who they were, and what they were good at. Some people called them pirates, but the key to their success was the engineering and manufacturing of incremental, sometimes groundbreaking, innovations. The value of L&H products wasn’t in the part itself, but in the value of the improvement. The company was constantly trying to give its customers products that were “as good or better” than the original manufacurer; better designs, materials, craftsmanship, assembly, and service.

2006

 

#LH50 - 2006 L&H announces its first shovel rebuild. See the complete L&H timeline here: http://bit.ly/LH502006w

 

In 2004, L&H formed a partnership with Vamco Steel and Engineering in South Africa to purchase Pylon Gears. The enthusiasm for acquisitions that would expand L&H’s capabilities was contagious. “I thought we were on our way,” Jeff remembered. “It was the next big adventure. We were in the gear business, finally. It was a no-brainer.”

2004

#LH50 - 2004 L&H and Vamco Steel & Engineering jointly purchase Pylon Gears in South Africa. See the complete L&H timeline here: http://bit.ly/LH502004w

 

L&H Industrial, headquartered in Gillette, WY, known in the mining industry as an innovative parts and equipment manufacturer, opens its doors with a full agenda of free activities on Saturday, July 19th to celebrate its 50 years in business.

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“Our shop will be closed for the day and open to the public. We welcome customers, our employees families and community members to see the impressive machines that we work with everyday, get a tour of our manufacturing facility, and an opportunity to learn more about L&H,” said Jeff Wandler, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing, L&H Industrial.

There will also be a 5k run, catered lunch by Jordan’s Western Dining, Buffalo Berry Frozen Yogurt and activities for the kids including a photo booth and face painting.  Fox Country (KGWY) will be doing a live remote from noon to 2pm and the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a celebratory ribbon cutting at 11 am. L&H owners will also be in attendance and will be speaking at 12:00pm.

In addition, mural artist, Harvey Jackson, will be updating the large mural that has adorned the L&H welding shop since 2004 with scenes of Gillette’s history and the recognizable blue cow.

“It is with great pride and appreciation that we reflect on L&H’s rich 50 year history and the heritage of our L&H Industrial culture,” said Mike Wandler, President, L&H Industrial. “ Our company, our customers and our people have experienced many changes over the years, from L&H’s humble beginning as a small machine shop supporting the oil fields in the Powder River Basin to now, with our global partners, having over 1,000 employees taking care of a wide range of customers in key mining regions around the world.”

In addition, over the last year, L&H has been working with Vantage Point History to help create a book documenting the history and story of L&H. Electronic copies of the book will be available at the open house.

Jeff Wandler added, “Through it all, L&H Industrial has remained grounded in a set of core values that have built a strong culture of safety, respect and hard work which has served our people and customers well over the last five decades. This open house is our way to thank our customers, employees and community who have supported L&H. We are proud to be headquartered in Gillette and look forward to a great day.”

More details on the activities of the day are located at: http://bit.ly/LH50OpenHouse

 

In 2003 L&H Welding and Machine changed its name to L&H Industrial, Inc. The company was ready to promote its core competencies in oil, mining, and railroads, as well as its commitment to grow beyond its first generation identity as a job shop to become a manufacturer of original parts.

2003

#LH50 - 2003 L&H Welding and Machine changes name to L&H Industrial. See the complete L&H timeline here: http://bit.ly/LH502003w

 

After two months of negotiations, on October 1, 2001, L&H bought Pro Parts, a small company in Tucson, Arizona that provided new parts to mines in the Southwest and Mexico. This deal gave L&H the opportunity to manufacture new parts and open up new markets. “If Mike [Wandler] wanted to buy a lathe and I didn’t think it made sense, he would just go ahead and do it anyway. Pro Parts was my project. Of course, as president, he had to finally sign off on it. But I was a 40 percent owner and I had a strong personality. I kept pushing,” said Jeff Wandler. Mike eventually agreed to support the purchase.

2001-2

 

#LH50 - 2001 L&H opens office in Tuscan, Arizona. See the complete L&H timeline here: http://bit.ly/LH502001-2w

 

 
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