Archive for June, 2008

Wayne Engineering begins partnership with DuPont

June 27, 2008

Wayne Engineering announced this week that it will be partnering with DuPont Factory Direct for all its paint and body finishes. The new partnership will provide increased product quality through state-of-the-art training, paint technology, and upgraded equipment.

Doug Halbur comments that “I think this will be a great relationship for our company. DuPont will help advance the skills of our paint technicians by providing top gun certifications. Additionally, DuPont will provide continued process and technology improvements. The bottom line is that this new relationship will provide exceptional quality and service for our customers.”

The decision to begin this new relationship was driven by the superior quality of the DuPont product, increased product information, and added interface capabilities gained by state-of-the-art software. Wayne is very excited about this decision and its benefit for our customers.


May Sees Record Month at Wayne

June 25, 2008

May was an exciting and busy time at Wayne Engineering’s manufacturing facility. An unprecedented record amount of refuse trucks were produced, sold and invoiced for the month of May. This breaks the previous record for both the “new” Wayne (new ownership by Wayne Industrial Holdings), as well as the “old” Wayne (old ownership, pre Dec. 2006). This feat was accomplished by Wayne’s 75 plant employees, all of whom worked very hard to achieve this historic milestone.

Chief of Operations, Doug Halbur, comments that key factors contributing to the success are “surrounding ourselves with good supervisors and empowering our employees to be engaged in the process.”

Engaged they were. Thanks to their diligent efforts, the plant employees were awarded profit share dividends in recognition of the amount of goods produced and shipped out of the doors. The profit share program was created as an incentive plan by CEO Kevin Watje in early 2007. The program was proposed by Watje during the 2007 union negotiations and was happily received by the negotiators.

Although this is only the second time the production level required for profit sharing was reached this year, Watje is optimistic about the incentive program’s future. “Our efficiency is growing each month. We are applying lean manufacturing techniques and the employees are beginning to adopt this new mentality. I am confident that from the increased capacity of our plant, lean manufacturing training programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and hard work of our employees, they will begin to see dividends on a regular basis.”

The training programs Watje refers to were mandatory lean manufacturing sessions conducted at Hawkeye Community College. All plant and office employees were required to receive the training. The programs focused on reducing waste and work clutter, effective communication, and efficient work methods. Supervisors and production managers were then required to undergo further and more in-depth training. Since then, noticeable changes have been felt at the facility.

All are excited and anxious for the coming months as preparations are being made to fulfill the record amount of sales that continue to pour in.

Wayne Sweepers, LLC to acquire Centurion® Street Sweeper

June 24, 2008

Wayne Sweepers, LLC to acquire Centurion® Street Sweeper Assets

June 20, 2008

Cedar Falls, Iowa– Wayne Sweepers, LLC today announced that it has acquired the assets for the Centurion® street sweeper product line from Tennant Company. The Centurion® sweeper, one of the most technologically advanced in the industry, is a multi-patented, completely dustless street sweeping solution. The Centurion® features a simple, one-button operation so the driver can safely concentrate on the road. Its unique, StreetSmart™ Sweeping System allows the Centurion® to provide dependable performance across a full range of debris. Finally, the Centurion®’s environmentally-friendly dust control system is designed to meet rigid PM-10 requirements year-round.

Kevin Watje, CEO of Wayne Sweepers commented: “We are extremely pleased and excited to have been able to acquire the assets for this outstanding product line from Tennant Corporation, the industry leader in sweeping technology. The Centurion® will be an excellent addition to our Gladiator® sweeper line, as well as to our parent company’s line of top performing refuse trucks, including the fully automated, Curbtender®
and AutoCat® products.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Wayne Sweepers, LLC

Wayne Sweepers, LLC is a manufacturer of top performing, street sweepers for both municipal and commercial use. In addition to the Centurion line, Wayne manufactures the Gladiator line of mechanical
sweepers. Wayne Sweepers is a subsidiary of Wayne Industrial Holdings, LLC (“WIH”), the manufacturer of the industry-leading, fully-automated, Curbtender refuse truck. WIH is a portfolio company of T5 Equity Partners, LLC. Please see us at
Kevin Watje, CEO – 319-266-1721, ext. 320

About Tennant Company

Minneapolis-based Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer world. Its products include equipment for maintaining
surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading concrete floors. Tennant’s global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant has manufacturing operations in Minneapolis, Minn.; Holland, Mich.; Uden, The Netherlands; the United Kingdom; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China; and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit

Ira J. Perlmuter
T5 Equity Partners, LLC