Pressure Vessel Design, Fabrication and Manufacturing Industry Leader, Alloy Products Corp. Celebrates 90th Anniversary

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (September 20, 2019) - From milk trucks to oxygen cylinders for B-52 bombers, to custom and general-purpose pressure vessel design and fabrication, Alloy Products Corp. has consistently evolved and expanded its portfolio, facilities and team. This fall the Wisconsin industrial organization will celebrate its 90th anniversary.

“This milestone is a proud moment for all of us here at APC,” said Betsy Bear Hoff, the company’s first female president. “My great-grandfather started this enterprise back in 1929, my grandfather and father continued to uphold and enhance his legacy and now, I have the good fortune to carry that torch. In doing so, I pledge to take the company further, exploring new horizons, shouldering together the responsibility to achieve unprecedented growth for the next 90 years.”

Bear Hoff attributes the continued success at APC to outstanding teamwork from the staff and loyal customers. “Nine decades would never have been possible without the stellar employees we have had throughout the years and the continued support from our long-time customers,” she said.

APC’s Success Story
Operating from two large manufacturing plants of 180,000 sq. feet in Waukesha, Wisconsin, housing state-of-the-art machine tools, welding equipment, and electropolishing facilities, APC today is a force to be reckoned with. The cumulative experiences of the past 90 years have made APC a business leader for some of the most challenging and complex applications in diverse industrial markets such as pharmaceutical, hygiene, semiconductor, chemical and general industry.

In times when many businesses struggle hard to compete and survive, APC has not only stood the test of time, but has continued its trajectory of growth to establish new industry standards. The company continuously invests in the latest manufacturing technologies and, in addition to their custom products, maintains a large inventory of ASME general purpose, portable, hygienic and UN pressure vessels.

The Making of Alloy Products Corporation

  • Walter Wachowitz Sr., started the company in Milwaukee in 1929, manufacturing milk trucks for the food and dairy industry. During World War II, the business continued its expansion and manufactured oxygen cylinders for B-52 bombers. In the 1940s and 50s, the company expanded into producing food and dairy fittings and valves.
  • Walter Wachowitz Jr. provided new direction by introducing the production of ASME pressure vessels for various businesses across the nation, including Coca Cola for almost 30 years.
  • Craig Bear Sr. was at the helm of the company from 1994 to 2009.
  • Joe Vick was the President from 2009 to his retirement in 2017.
  • Betsy Bear Hoff, Waukesha South High School alumna, following in her father’s footsteps, worked in the family owned business since she was 18 years old and became the company’s first female president on Jan. 1, 2017.

Employees - The Backbone of APC
The continuous success and growth of APC has largely been made possible by recognizing the significant role that employees play in the company. The unique work culture of helping, supporting, and training employees so that they can perform to their full potential has made APC what it is today. The cohesive teamwork and bonds created during various team building activities have helped in making APC become a leading player in their industry. Through APC’s involvement in several charitable causes, children’s events and other initiatives, the entire extended family of employees come together for a greater cause.

Celebration Time - The Big 90!
To kickstart the grand 90th year celebration, APC will be organizing various events for the employees. On September 26, 2019, Bob and Brian from 102.9 The Hog will host their morning radio show (5AM-10AM) at the APC location, promoting Alloy as a great place to work. There will be breakfast for the staff, followed by drone photo shoots.

The excitement of the year-long celebration will unfold in many interesting ways through a variety of events.

About Alloy Products Corp.
A leader in the fabrication of stainless steel and other alloys since 1929, Alloy Products Corp. (APC) consistently meets or exceeds the most rigorous industry standards. APC is a world-class provider of stainless-steel tanks and pressure vessels used in a wide range of sanitary, industrial and general-purpose applications. Portable pressure vessels or fixed pressure vessels manufactured by APC to ASME and UN specifications are used in a variety of sanitary, industrial and general-purpose applications. The company continues to dedicate its resources to comply with ISO 9001:2015 world-class quality certification for producing trouble-free products and “to-spec” custom parts and components. The wide range of machining services offered by APC cover the full spectrum from design to tooling purchasing, including metal stamping, electropolishing, waterjet metal cutting, seam welding and sheet rolling.