A Brief History of Galvan Industries
Originally founded in 1958, the facility was
acquired by Charles and Clarence Willard as a subsidiary of Willard
Industries in 1960. Willard Industries was a lead smelter and specialty
fabricator located in Charlotte and the acquisition made good business
sense due to the demand for zinc coatings and lead fabrications.
The original plant was equipped with a 10' x 3' x 4' kettle and
was suitable only for relatively small parts.
In the early 60's the kettle capacity was expanded to 27' in length
to facilitate larger fabrications and structural steel. As demand
for galvanized products increased the kettle was again lengthened
in the early 70's to 32'.
In 1988 the pickle capacity was increased by 70%. Two tanks were
increased to three and size increased from 40'x 6'x 7' to 45'x 6'x
7'. In 1991 the galvanizing kettle size was increased from 32' to
42' x 4'6" x 8'6" giving us the largest galvanizing kettle in the
Southeast. In 1996 we took down the old concrete galvanizing building
and replaced it with steel. During these recent changes the height
over the kettle increased from 15' to 40' and the square footage
under roof increased by 30%. The number of hoists increased from
4 to 6 and hoist capacity and crane capacity over the galvanizing
kettle increased from 6 to 15 tons. The bridge crane rails system
was also extended to run the full length of the building.
These recent changes have allowed Galvan Industries to remain the
largest capacity job shop galvanizer in the Southeast. Our objective
is to provide steel fabricators and manufacturers with high quality,
fast delivery and personal service for their galvanizing requirements.
Galvan has been a major supplier to the electrical/electronic industries for more than 25 years. Galvan manufactures hot dip galvanized, copper clad and stainless steel ground rods. Galvan is the only manufacturer of both hot dip galvanized and copper clad UL-Listed ground rods in the United States. Galvan also produces stainless steel and pigtail rods along with a full line of grounding clamps.
We also provide bonding and grounding accessories to facilitate a comprehensive installation for threaded and non-threaded ground rod systems (drive studs, threaded and threadless couplings).
The Galvan line also includes an array of copper and aluminum, mechanical and compression electrical connectors, cable ties, split bolts, two-bolt clamps, marker booklets and ancillary products.
Galvan continued it's expansion in the electrical market in 1999 with the acquisition of the assets of COMEC Electrical. COMEC is a manufacturer and distributor of electrical connectors and accessories serving the cable television, construction, electric power, lightning protection and telecommunications markets. The acquisition allows Galvan to expand its presence in the electrical market, while augmenting its electrical product line.
Now, more than ever, you can depend on Galvan for a full line of high-quality electrical grounding and connecting products.
Standing: Laurens Willard, Jeff Walker, Roger Montambo, Brad Wittensoldner,
Jim Lund, David Prior, Harshad Londhe, Dean Burgos.
Seated: Rachel Duecaster, Kim Russell, Michele Warren, Ann O Donnell.