Waukesha as a company can trace its origins back to 1906 when Waukesha Engines were formed to build gas engines for the USA transport industry. The company expanded into pumps and valve production in the mid-1920s and separated its vehicle business. The vehicle business was eventually acquired by GE while the pump business became part of United Dominion Engineering in the 1980’s. In 2001 SPX acquired the Waukesha business and merged it with its existing pump business Cherry Burrell. Waukesha has been retained as a brand.
The Waukesha equipment range of products includes pumps, valves, fittings, scraped surface heat exchangers and dispersion equipment used in the food, dairy, beverage and industrial process industries.
Waukesha is credited with many innovations including the rotary lobe pump, released in the early 1990’s, providing very gentle pumping action suitable for a wide range of products sensitive to mechanical action especially food with suspended solids, cosmetics, pharmaceutical creams and ointments.
In recent news Waukesha equipment now includes a new range of Votator, a scraped surface heat exchanger used in the production of pharmaceutical cosmetic creams and lotions, and has released new software support for existing units increasing automation and food traceability.