INNIO Waukesha: 115 years of engine-uity
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INNIO Waukesha: 115 years of engine-uity

19 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 21st, 2021 17:27)

The INNIO Waukesha story is one of ingenuity, persistence, resilience, and sustainability. It begins in 1906 with three men of modest background, the now-infamous "Blue Front Garage," and the desire to improve an engine so thoroughly that it could only be accomplished from the ground up.

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INNIO Waukesha: 115 years of engine-uity

Waukesha gas engines have a rich history of innovation in several industrial verticals, including military transportation, railway, and farming. This strong heritage led the company to develop equipment that performed in the challenging and remote environments of the oil and gas industry, where they’ve specialized since the 1920s. Today INNIO Waukesha is building on its successful foundation, evolving its engine technologies, creating new service innovations, and working to decrease the environmental impact of the natural gas industry.

Waukesha engine is the embodiment of almost infinite potential

The idea that INNIO Waukesha simply sells engines is as humble as the company’s roots. More than just equipment, the Waukesha engine is a tool that has helped carry numerous industries through transformations of their own and provided communities across the globe the conditions they need to grow and flourish. It’s rare to find a company whose products were used in a wider range of applications: from farming fields to military service in both World Wars, from providing backup power to the Apollo space missions to operating the emergency lights of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Today, strategically placed in the evolving energy landscape, INNIO Waukesha continues its legacy of service exactly where the global community needs them most.

What’s striking about the long history of INNIO Waukesha is that challenges that were make-or-break moments for most companies – any of the series of wars, depressions, booms, changing technologies, oil crises, and niche industry declines that have occurred over the past century. There are twists and turns, for sure, but they so reliably lead onward and upward that the presence of INNIO Waukesha at the forefront of every time and tide feels almost inevitable. The company is seemingly as comfortable and confident in the valleys as in the peaks.

Change is the only constant

The not-so-secret ingredient behind INNIO Waukesha’s enduring success is their commitment to working every day to design and build engines and programs that help improve operational performance while building for tomorrow. There are few things that a business can always rely on; change is the only constant, but people persist. The human condition demands constant growth, a striving to do better, to be better, and to experience all the world has to offer. With a keen sense for opportunities for mutual growth, INNIO Waukesha identifies customers’ genuine needs and relentlessly pursues the perfect engine solutions.

While many companies have fallen to the temptation to exploit their niches for fast but ephemeral profit and rely on ‘planned obsolescence’ in a misguided grasp at job security, INNIO Waukesha’s niche-nurturing approaches – including designing engines capable of running on fuels of the future well before their time, like the legendary Hesselman, which was equipped to run on natural gas decades before it became the fuel of choice for power generation, and the tradition of keeping all eyes on the horizon rather than a clinging to the sources of security of the past – are the ones that have stood the test of time.

Since the very beginning, INNIO Waukesha has made decisions that eschew the lure of unsustainable gain in favor of conscientiously fueling a world where they, their customers, their collaborators and their neighbors will continue to succeed year-after-year, decade-after-decade. A business committed to longevity understands that at any given time its potential has a ceiling, but that ceiling can be lifted by the successes of its customers and communities. Because INNIO Waukesha trusts in the ingenuity of its people and their collective vision, they can confidently make decisions that benefit all, with faith that there will always be more for all to learn, to achieve, to dream.

Responsibility is at our core

In this way, ‘responsibility’ has been at the core of the INNIO Waukesha brand since long before the term became associated with environmental viability. INNIO Waukesha has long embraced responsibility by focusing on unlocking the transition to a multifaceted energy landscape. INNIO Waukesha is improving efficiency, decreasing emissions, and maintaining the natural gas bridge to more sustainable energy sources. The honest and earnest approach that has kept INNIO Waukesha thriving through global shifts sets an example for all companies who are ready to join in working with change rather than against, to succeed not in spite of sustainability, but because of sustainability, and face one of the greatest challenges of the present era: creating the environmentally sustainable future that will allow the budding generations the opportunity to see just where INNIO Waukesha can take the world.