Living, working and supporting the Gillette community: North by North East

L&H Industrial places importance on giving back to the communities that support them. As L&H President Mike Wandler says in this interview from North by North East (NXNE), “It’s not really about getting credit for those things, it’s about doing the right thing.” 

The company supports multiple charities in the region, from Hospice to the Yes House, and works to stay involved in the community through sports, schools, and supporting local businesses. L&H also attends high school classes and visits technical colleges to talk about the manufacturing industry in order to raise awareness and draw interest into manufacturing, engineering and business careers.

When asked why they stay in Gillette, WY the brothers have a simple answer: it’s home. Jeff Wandler, V.P. & Director of Sales & Marketing quotes his dad, saying: Gillette has always been good to me and never has given me a reason to leave.

As for the future of L&H, the brothers say they count their blessings and that they intend to keep the business in the family. The brothers have nurtured the third generation, as two of their nephews are part of the L&H ownership team and they look forward to what the next 50 years will bring to the company. 




50 years of growth and change at L&H Industrial: North by North East

Members of the ownership team, second generation owners, Mike and Jeff Wandler sat down recently with North by North East (NXNE) to talk about the history of and changes within L&H Industrial.

For the past 50-years, L&H has been focused on mining, but has recently expanded into different markets and is working on new projects all the time, such as newly manufacturing a bucket wheel loader to working on a major dredging machine and various projects for the Northern Alberta oil sands mines.


SKF Conference Wrap Up

Recognized as an innovative, state-of-the-art company focused on solutions, L&H was honored to have been chosen to speak at the Life Cycle Management Conference by Leading Swiss bearing company SKF (Svenska Kullagerfabriken) earlier this month.

L&H Industrial's, Darren Witt, Blasthole Drill Product Line Manager was chosen to present as a featured speaker at the conference.

“Our trackpads for the Pit Viper drills were selected as one of the twelve case study solutions to be presented to directors, managers and other leaders in the mining industry.” said Witt.

After being approached by a customer in Chile regarding failing OEM drill undercarriages, L&H teamed up with the mine and researched what was causing the unplanned outages. The OEM designed trackpads were for very aggressive ground engagement, which resulted in extreme side loads while steering the drill. To counter those effects, L&H designed and manufactured a trackpad with less ground engagement that prevented the wear and unplanned downtime the mine was experiencing and was more accommodating for steering and side movement. L&H worked with the mine through this entire process, coming up with the best and most cost effective solution.

The conference was held October 9th and 10th in Park City, UT and brought together experts in the mining industry for learning opportunities and networking. “As a company focused on customer solutions,” said Witt,” We were proud to have been chosen to participate.”


For the entire presentation on the L&H trackpads, follow the link:



L&H Nominated for Chamber Awards

L&H Industrial is honored to have been nominated for the following awards from the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce:

Chamber Award of Excellence- The Chamber’s Award of Excellence is given to one large and one small business that provide an outstanding product or service in Campbell County. Nominees must employ 25 employees or more as a large business or employ fewer than 25 employees as a small business, and must be an established business in Campbell County.

Spirit of Gillette- The Spirit of Gillette Award is given to a business or individual in Campbell County that makes a difference in the Campbell County community by volunteering its products, services or time. Nominees must go above and beyond to give time and talent to community projects outside of employment of political office and must not have held public office in the last 12 months.

L&H Industrial’s President Mike Wandler was nominated for the Kelly Swenson Business Person of the Year award, which is given to an individual in Campbell County who, just as the first Chamber manager/president Kelly Swenson did, believes in the mission and services that the Chamber provides to the Community. Nominees must be a current business manager/owner who is actively involved in the Chamber and must be a county resident for at least five years with an established business in the community.

Nominees for all of these awards must be an active and involved Chamber member in good standing within the past year.

The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards recognizes and celebrates work, leadership, and progress of all its members with awards nominated and chosen by member business leaders. Recipients of the awards are honored in a ceremony November 7, 2014 at 6PM at the Cam-Plex Energy Hall.

L&H is proud to have received these nominations and we thank our employees, customers and community for your support and this recognition. 

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Jason Percifield Profiled in Family Business Magazine

When L&H Industrial's third generation owner, Jason Percifield was only 29, he had lived out of a suitcase for five years, running field service crews at mines throughout the American West. In 2013 he took a detour south to Florida to supervise a field crew charged with the responsibility to retrofit the undercarriages on the NASA crawler-transporter (CT-2) that would carry the next generation of deep space rockets to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center. In 2014, he was back home in Gillette, Wyoming leading a team assigned to rebuild a taconite bucket wheel loader for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe ore dock on Lake Superior, Wisconsin.
Jason was recently profiled in Family Business Magazine's, "25 Under 35", which highlighted next- generation members who are making solid contributions to their family business. 
"Every family that wants to sustain its enterprise must face the challenge of grooming its young people to be responsible stewards." 
Jason Percifield of L&H Industrial is a prime example of the high payoff of next-generation engagement efforts and for his involvement at L&H, he has been featured in Family Business' "25 Under 35" article. Much has been written about integrating next-generation members into management or ownership roles and Jason is making huge contributions as the younger generation of his family business.

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