Wildeck’shistory can be drawn back to Williams Steel of south side Milwaukee, WI. Williamssteel was a very high-quality steel service center that manufactured steel I-beamsand tubing, which was started by a man named Herman Williams in 1944. HermanWilliams had a vision of starting a separate sector of Williams Steel and namingit Wildeck Mezzanines. Herman started marketing this concept in which customdesigned Williams platforms, known as “Wildeck Mezzanines” became so successfulthat the company could justify it becoming a separate division of WilliamsSteel.
In 1976, Williams Steel had to develop a separate department for creatingthese Mezzanines due to the continuous demand. Williams Steel ended up callingthe new department the engineering department of Williams Steel. In 1981,Williams Steel and the Wildeck Mezzanine engineering department were purchasedby a company named CRL, based out of Bannockburn, IL.
CRL then decided tocreate a new headquarters for Wildeck Inc., the new sister company to WilliamSteel. It is cool to note that even CRL saw the potential in the mezzaninebusiness, at least enough to branch out as their own company. CRL and Wildeckwere then bought out by a company by the name of Holden Industries, in whichWildeck became “corporates” subsidiary. This buyout occurred in 2004, in whichsales dramatically increased due to the extra reinforcements and financialbacking. In 2007, Wildeck was approved to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan(ESOP) along with the help of Holden Industries. To this day Wildeck is still a100% employee owned business. In 2011, Wildeck purchased a company in Goodyear,AZ known as Ladder Industries.
Ladder Industries has had over 50 years ofprofessional experience in the art of making heavy duty industrial ladders. Notonly is Wildeck a Subsidiary of Holden Industries, now they own a companythemselves, in which Ladder Industries is the subsidiary to Wildeck Inc.Wildeck Incorporated realized the potential in Ladder Industries due to thefact that they can now deliver a full package, mezzanine, ladder and all. Wildeck recently celebrated 40 years ofprofessional experience in the mezzanine, lift, and guarding industries, andthey are looking forward too many more years at the top of the industry in thefuture.