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Wayne Sweepers: The Sweeper Source

October 30, 2009

***Republished from the November 2009 Issue of Allied Paving Equipment Magazine***

Centurion Street Sweeper

2010 Wayne Centurion Street Sweeper

by  Janie Franz

Two years ago, Wayne Engineering, a leader in the manufacture of refuse vehicles and automated waste collection equipment, decided to expand into building street sweepers. It was a bold decision but one that grew out of five decades of proven manufacturing know how. This expansion came under the leadership of Kevin Watje, the new President/CEO of Wayne Industrial Holdings, the parent company of Wayne Engineering.

“Kevin Watje established the goal of becoming a leader in a broad range of truck-mounted, municipal equipment,” says Mark Watje, Marketing Manager for Wayne Sweepers, and Kevin’s son. “He believed that the next natural step for Wayne Industrial Holdings was to create a line of street sweepers. Both street sweepers and refuse trucks rely upon an extensive knowledge of chassis integration, hydraulic operations, and programmable logic controls. Furthermore, both product lines share a common focus:  Keeping our communities clean. Utilizing the expertise that Wayne Engineering already possesses in these areas, Wayne Sweepers was launched in the summer of 2007 with the introduction of the Gladiator mechanical street sweeper.”

Wayne Sweepers is housed along side of Wayne Engineering in their facility in Cedar Falls, Iowa. That site maintains state-of-the-art machining centers, robotic welders, brake presses, and plasma and laser cutters. Sharing equipment and expertise has helped speed this transition into a new manufacturing arena.

Even though Wayne Sweepers is a young company, it has already been able to bring innovations to the table. “One of the most important is hydraulic functions,” Watje explains. “Every operator knows that the key to a good sweeper is a strong hydraulic system.”

Wayne Sweeper has also benefited by relationships with chassis suppliers that Wayne Engineering has established and utilizing Wayne Engineering’s experience in OEM chassis modification. “Because of this, Isuzu engineers have worked with Wayne to cohesively mate the Gladiator and Centurion sweepers with the FVR chassis. That means more power and fewer issues,” Watje adds.

In addition, Wayne Engineering has an extensive dealer network for refuse trucks in the US and Canada, allowing Wayne Sweepers to tap into that resource, too. “Many dealers of refuse trucks are also dealers of street sweepers, and vice versa,” Mark Watje says. “Therefore, we are able to utilize our pre-existing dealer network to service and support the street sweepers we sell. Our dealers are able to effectively service and repair our street sweepers because they have extensive experience with chassis issues and heavy-duty machines. This is an advantage that very few new entrants to the sweeper market possess.”

Last year, Wayne Sweepers acquired Centurion Street Sweepers from Tennant Co and began offering the Centurion sweeper in addition to their Gladiator line. Immediately, Wayne Sweepers began tweaking the sweeper designs. “We added new controls, improved conveyor bearings, improved conveyor roller design, increased the horsepower and torque, and created a new fan motor and bearing design,” Watje says. “The controls provide for increased diagnostics and better user interface while boasting a larger LCD display screen. The improved conveyor bearings and conveyor rolling design provide for longer life and better conveyor belt tracking. Meanwhile, the increased horsepower and torque allow for a much improved dust suppression system without compromising sweeper performance. Finally, the new fan motor and bearing design corrects a known issue with former Centurions and substantially increases the life of this component.”

Since that acquisition, the sweeper industry has responded favorably. “Current and former owners alike have called in expressing their support of the product and appreciation to Wayne Sweepers for taking it on,” Watje say. “Several customers have even offered very helpful suggestions for improving the product design. This overwhelming support has encouraged us to further enhance and promote this great product.” Moreover, Wayne Sweepers is offering an alternative to buying Centurion sweepers outright. “Wayne Sweeper customers have the option to lease and lease-to-own re-certified Centurion units,” Watje explains. “Our lease program provides an affordable solution to meeting the sweeping needs of our customers during these difficult economic times. All lease vehicles are put through a rigorous re-certification process that includes many updates and complete refurbishment of the sweeper. It is a great way to get a ‘like new’ sweeper without the price tag of an ’09 or ’10 unit.”

Furthermore, Wayne Sweepers builds upon their CEO’s commitment to customer service. “My father always ensures that employees: ‘Serve the customer first, even if it means taking a loss! Never let a customer leave without a smile on their face,'” Mark Watje states. “Members of the waste industry know of Kevin because of his phenomenal warranty support. In several instances, he has even replaced entire refuse trucks because ‘it was the right thing to do.’ This kind of respect for the customer drives us to create better products, provide better support, and make sure our customers are successful in their endeavors.”

That kind of integrity, not only in manufacturing quality but in customer service, has earned the company respect and contracts. Recently, Wayne Sweepers was awarded a highly-prized contract for up to 20 Gladiator units over the next three years from the City of Chicago. “The city chose Wayne Sweepers over several competitors because of the Gladiator’s superior sweeping ability and ruggedness,” Mark Watje says. Clearly, Wayne Sweepers has become the sweeper source for municipalities across the nation.


Meet the New Centurion

August 5, 2008

Click on the Link below to see our ad introducing the all-new Centurion Street Sweeper.

Centurion Ad

The Centurion Street Sweeper

Factory Re-Certified Centurions© Available

July 21, 2008

Five Centurion© demo units will soon undergo a thorough inspection and updating process by Wayne Sweepers, LLC. These units will receive new brooms, brushes, mechanical parts, shrouds, and paint, as well as a comprehensive mechanical inspection. Once the process is completed, the sweepers will be available as rental units.

The Centurion© rental units will precede new Wayne Centurion© production units. This provides customers a great opportunity to “try it before you buy it.” Aside from a few improvements, the new production Centurions© will be very similar to the units produced under the Tennant© label. This means you can expect the same high quality and consistent performance from the Wayne Centurion© as from the Tennant Centurion©.

If you have any questions about obtaining a Centurion© Rental unit, please call 319.266.1721 or email

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