The History of Wheeler Tank

A Message From Our Plant Managers

 

Nordic Tank

Tom Wheeler

Dennis Wheeler

Dennis Wheeler


Success means always going back to the drawing board..

 

Lawrence H Wheeler

Lawrence & Dennis Wheeler April 1956

 

Wheeler Tank Manufacturing was started by our father, Lawrence H. Wheeler in 1946 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Our original location was almost exactly a one mile drive northwest of the State’s Capitol Building.  We are the youngest of three sons, and eventually, we became  co-owners of Wheeler Tank Manufacturing, Inc. Our eldest brother and fellow co-owner is Jim Wheeler

On the grounds of being the fledgling Wheeler boys by a handful of years, we dodged some testing times in American history. Nevertheless, as the sons of a business owner and brothers of those that spent long hours forming and fusing sheets of metal for a living, we were inculcated into a good work ethic and strong values. Our family wanted to create the finest quality tanks, and by doing so, create prosperity for us and all of our employees, and convincingly, America.

Wheeler Tank Manufacturing has been in the industry for a proud 71 years.  Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how we got to where we are today and why we have retained so many of our customers. The truth is, Wheeler Tank is still an assertive figure in the Tank Manufacturing business because 71 years of manufacturing and the desire to deliver takes us back to the drawing board ad infinitum to make every part of our operation just a little bit better every time.

The critical brainstorming of our proud employees 60 years, 50 years, or 40 years ago has allowed us to examine our Standard Operating Procedures and our Customer Service engagement to make sure the customer always gets exactly what they need; the hourglass of time has permitted us to fine-tune our operations and deliver an increasingly better and more consistent product.


 The Times They Are A Changin’ 

 

Times change. With these changes, it has been important for us to be dynamic and adapt to the churning world rather than fold or cash in all of our chips.  One of Wheeler Tanks’s hardest decisions was to leave the Saint Paul plant that we held in such high esteem due to state regulations that were particularly tough on our sector of manufacturing at the time.

In 1988, Wheeler Tank Manufacturing, Inc. relocated to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This remains our proud battle station to this day. As with all manufacturers, we may have been somewhat badgered by regulations since our relocation.  We realize the importance of these regulations and are happy to acquiesce, but we regard no regulation as effective or heavy hitting as over 70 years in the manufacturing field. Our 71+ years of  transgenerational intuition and experience will always trump the quality, safety, and integrity that is asked of us – we strive to exceed all expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

Sioux Falls Ribbon Cutting

Sioux Falls Plant Opening 1988


The Beat Goes on

 

Tom Wheeler

Tom Wheeler Hard At Work

 

Success

Wheeler Tank Manufacturing quickly acclimated the new Sioux Falls location and has been shipping out thousands of high quality tanks annually.

 


A Legacy Of Quality

 

Wheeler Tank Manufacturing, Inc. is still committed to fabricating the very best quality tanks and maintaining strong, long lasting relationships with our customers.

Jim and Tom Wheeler

Jim and Tom Wheeler

Sean Wheeler

Sean Wheeler

Mike Wheeler

Mike Wheeler

 


Not Just A Family Business

 

Wheeler Tank Team

Our Proud Workers

 

Wheeler Tank Manufacturing, Inc. has been blessed with some of the most loyal team members a company could ask for.  The exceptional craftsmanship of our current team wasn’t only parceled out through family ties, but by generations of overachievers and busy-bodies that the company has been lucky enough to secure.  Wheeler Tank regards every single employee of ours as a family member.  The universal passion of the Wheeler Tank Team to work hard to manufacture top quality products fosters an attitude that binds us as Brothers in Iron and Sisters in Steel. Whenever we walk the plant floor or are in the office, we are humbled by how much the rigorous undertakings of the Men and Women that have served our company has contributed to our ongoing successes in an increasingly competitive field of manufacturing.

We give a sincere and BIG Thank You to all that work or have previously worked for Wheeler Tank Manufacturing.

-Denny & Tom Wheeler


Historic Photos

Osmonics Filtration

Osmonics Filtration

Welding

Welding

Securing the Load

Securing the Load

Shipping Preparation

Shipping Preparation

Cement Lined Tank

Cement Lined Tank

Finished Product En Route

Finished Product En Route

Tank Installation

Tank Installation

Hard at work 1996

Hard at work 1996