Waukesha's Corporate Milestones     (added May 2012)



Waukesha Motor Co incorporates with a capitalization of $25,000 and leading investor Allan Stebbins as president; Fred Ahrens is vice-president and Harry Horning secretary-treasurer. Ahrens and Horning build the first Waukesha motor, the Model A in the Blue Front garage on North Street.


The company is reorganized and recapitalized with Conrad Haertal elected president and Horning hired as general manager.  A new plant is built on St Paul Avenue and is occupied by the end of the year.


Ricardo granted Waukesha Motor Co the rights to patent Ricardo designs in the US.

1924 Pioneered Ricardo L-type cylinder head transforming industry


The initial offering of Waukesha stock is listed on the Chicago Stock Exchange at $25.

1928 Developed Cooperative Fuel Research (CFR) Engine
1932 Produced first American built Waukesha-Hesselman engine


The Refrigeration Division is organized to produce cooling units for rural homes and dairy farms.


The Refrigeration Division is converted to the Railway Division to produce air conditioning units for luxury passenger trains.

1949 The term Enginator® first applied to an engine-generator unit.


The Railway Division is retitled the Special Products Division and received a new mission as designer and builder of stationary power plants.


Waukesha acquires the Climax Engine Co of Clinton, Iowa.


Waukesha obtains rights from Westinghouse to build Le Roi engines under the ROIline brand.


Waukesha acquires O&M Manufacturing of Houston, Texas


Waukesha acquires Cerlist Diesel Engine Co and moves its operations to Clinton, Iowa.


The Bangor-Punta Corporation acquires Waukesha Motor Co.


The Special Products Division, renamed Waukesha Power Systems moves to an off-site location to focus on design, assembly and test of engine-generator sets and their controls.


Waukesha obtains license to build and sell Scania diesel engines. Waukesha would later redesign these engines to operate on gaseous fuels. They become the VS series of engines.


Dresser Industries buys Waukesha Motor and the company is renamed Waukesha Engine Division of Dresser Industries.


Waukesha purchases licenses from Sulzer Brothers Ltd, a Swiss manufacturer of high horsepower engines to produce the AT family of diesel engines. Waukesha would later redesign these engines to operate on gaseous fuels.


Waukesha breaks ground for a new Training Center


Waukesha acquires rights to the Spanish diesel manufacturer, Guascor, engines. Waukesha would redesign these engines to operate on gaseous fuels. They become the VGF series of engines.


The Clinton plant closes and Waukesha acquires the Brons Industrie NV and its gas engine manufacturing plant in Appingedam, Netherlands.


Waukesha discontinues its diesel engine line to focus exclusively on gaseous fueled engines.

1998 Waukesha introduces the VHP Series Four models


Dresser Industries merges with Halliburton to form a new Halliburton. Waukesha Engine is included as part of the Dresser Equipment Group.

2001 Engine System Manager (ESM®) introduction optimizes engine performance


First Reserve Corporation and Odyssey Investments Partners, LLC acquire the Dresser Equipment Group from Halliburton and organize the new Dresser Inc


Waukesha purchases technology rights to the Wartsila W200D and W220SGD engines

2006 The APG1000 (Advanced Power Generation) Enginator® with ESM is released for sale. This high efficiency low emissions engine was developed with support of a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) program.


Waukesha Engine celebrates its centennial

2010 Waukesha introduces the 12V275GL+ and 16V275GL+ engines designed for ease of packaging, high efficiency with low emissions and capable of operaion on a wide range of gaseous fuels at high altitude. These engines include the enhanced ESM, Engine Systems Manager.


General Electric purchases Dresser Inc. Waukesha Engine becomes GE Energy Waukesha gas engines


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