Waldinger Welcomes Wolin
July 6, 2017
Two of Des Moines’ oldest contracting firms, Wolin Mechanical-Electrical and The Waldinger Corporation, joined forces when Waldinger acquired Wolin on June 30. Leaders from each company cite shared values, expanded services to customers and increased opportunity for employees as key to the acquisition decision.
With positions remaining intact for all employees, the newly combined company manages an industry-leading 750 construction professionals and tradesmen, including over 100 mechanical and electrical service technicians. Together, they have formed the largest round-the-clock, truck-based provider of maintenance and repair services in Iowa.
Wolin was founded in 1920 and The Waldinger Corporation was founded in 1906. Both are full-service mechanical-electrical contractors who install, repair and maintain electrical, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing and piping systems in commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. Waldinger is known for mission critical and other high profile projects while Wolin is an established healthcare and design-build contractor. Both have a strong presence in small service-related, technically-demanding projects.
Wolin principal Dave Stroh will serve as President of The Waldinger Corporation’s mechanical business in Iowa, and Wolin principal Tom Mass will serve as President of The Waldinger Corporation’s electrical business. They will report to Guy Gast, President of The Waldinger Corporation – Iowa Division. The transition will be seamless to our valued customers; as company contacts will remain the same.
CEO of The Waldinger Corporation, Tom Koehn, says, “The construction and service industries are challenged by worker shortages, baby boomer retirements and succession planning – all amidst expanded opportunities. To deliver to the expectations of our customers, we need a very talented workforce – in all areas, so this deal is very strategic for both companies. I have great respect for Dave Stroh and Tom Mass and the talented team they’ve assembled. Together we plan to continue to grow, to create opportunities for our employees, and to deliver incredible value to our customers.”
Guy Gast says, “Together we enjoy the benefits of size, but more importantly, we will share best practices. Bringing so many talented people together is really game-changing – for both customers and employees.”
Dave Stroh agrees, “Bringing our companies together leverages all of the strengths we each have and gives us the ability to offer more to our customers through expanded engineering staff and more robust BIM/VDC capabilities, as well as much wider and deeper talents in these two service departments operating as one company!”
Tom Mass added, “The new job opportunities for all of our employees are huge. Having expanded financial strength, more fabrication capabilities and the ability to pursue larger and more technically demanding projects will also be exciting for our project managers and field leaders.”