Calvin B. Kennedy founded our company in May of 1959 when he left his position as repair and service supervisor at a pump company. With $102.00 he started Kennedy Pump Repair Company in the back of a pickup truck. His dedication and honesty soon established Kennedy as a successful pump repair facility servicing Southeast Michigan.
In 1968, Cal added a distributor type sales department to compliment the steady growth of the repair facility. Allis-Chalmers, ITT-AC Pump, was the first major principal and continues to be one of Kennedy Industries core principals to this day.
In May of 1988, Kennedy Industries moved into their new 8,000 square foot shop and office facility in Milford, Michigan. Continued growth in the pump repair and new product sales led to a new and exciting chapter in Kennedy Industries history.
ConValco, a company specializing in the sale of engineered valves was acquired and successfully integrated in 1990. Exclusive sales agreements were made with numerous valve manufacturers including DeZurik, Singer Valve, Bray and APCO among others. Our continued growth necessitated a building expansion of 10,000 square feet in 1994. Another 12,000 square feet was added in 1999 and a new 40,000 square foot office/warehouse facility was added in Lyon Township in 2011, for a total of 70,000 square feet between the two buildings.
In June of 2014, Kennedy Industries broke ground to begin building a brand new facility in Wixom. The new facility features 20,000 square feet of office, engineering, IT, controls and a training center. It also boasts 80,000 square feet of engineered pump repair, submersible pump repair, field service, weld shop, blast room, painting center, shipping and receiving, inventory warehouse, and a pump testing pit. The shop also contains nine 15-ton cranes and two loading docks, making it possible to handle any size equipment.
On May 20th, 2015, all Kennedy Industries employees moved from the Milford and New Hudson locations into the new state of the art facility in Wixom. The move was a massive undertaking that with the hard work of the entire Kennedy team, went seamlessly with minimal interruption. Today over seventy people and counting work at the Wixom facility.
World class principals were also part of our focus to add new products and our continuous efforts to upgrade our overall product offering resulted in the addition of Link-Seal, Xylem – Flygt and Patterson Pump Company along with a full offering of station and plant controls, telemetry and SCADA. The addition of ABB variable frequency drives and Baldor motors in 2015 strengthens our customer offering, allowing Kennedy Industries to be a “one stop” company.
The last two decades have been a period of dramatic change for Kennedy Industries. As our company has grown we have procured new facilities in addition to expanding our existing, culminating with the new Wixom facility. We are fully equipped to provide the highest quality, most competitive repair services and products throughout the Midwest. Kennedy Industries administration, IT and financial systems were completely upgraded in 2015. This substantial investment was made to enhance product and customer service offerings to new customers and new markets.
Kennedy’s history will never be forgotten as the same strong values and principals apply today. We will continue the same honesty & integrity that has made us successful for over 50 years servicing our customers.
Kennedy Company Timeline
- 1959 – Kennedy Industries was founded by Calvin Kennedy
- 1968 – Cal brought in Bud Green as a partner managing the distributor type sales department.
- 1969 – Kennedy Industries opened in Wixom, Michigan
- 1976 – Ed Eberle is brought into ownership and manages the sales department
- 1986 – Darrell Underwood is brought into ownership as Cal Kennedy retires from the company
- 1988 – Kennedy Industries moves to new facility in Milford totaling 10,000 square feet
- 1990 – Kennedy Industries acquires ConValco, a company specializing in the sales of engineered valves
- 1991 – Expansion of Milford facility to total 20,000 square feet
- 1995 – Jeff Nachtweih, Steve Sadler and Dave Lake assume ownership for the retiring Ed Eberle
- 1997 – Kennedy Industries acquires the Flygt pump line
- 1999 – Expansion of Milford facility to total 30,000 square feet
- 2005 – Kennedy Industries growth requires move of industrial personnel, inventory, shipping and receiving to 15,000 square feet facility in New Hudson, MI
- 2008 – Dave Lake retires from Kennedy Industries. Jeff Nachtweih and Steve Sadler remain in ownership
- 2010 – Mark Hemeyer is brought into ownership as Steve Sadler retires from Kennedy Industries
- 2010 – Kennedy Industries adds Controls Department
- 2011 – Kennedy Industries growth requires move of industrial, municipal, controls, field service, submersible pump repair personnel, inventory and shipping and receiving to 40,000 square feet facility in New Hudson, MI
- 2014 – Kennedy Industries breaks ground on new 100,000 square foot facility in Wixom
- 2015 – Kennedy Industries moves into new facility
Our Facility History
Our Mission Statement
Kennedy Industries business philosophy is the same today as it was when the company was founded in 1959 – Provide the customer with the very best product and service.
What does that mean today some 50 plus years later?
It means all Kennedy Industries team members fully understand that without the customer there is no Kennedy Industries.
It means going the extra mile to make a good customer experience a great one with plus 1 service.
It means responding to a customer in need at 2:00 in the morning on Christmas Eve.
It means effort, purpose, pride, and appreciation of the fact that the customer chose to call Kennedy Industries.
Our team commitment to the customer is the reason day after day, year after year, decade after decade customers continue to bless us with their business.
It is often challenging, but the reward for a job well done is a customer calling again and again.
Kennedy Industries’ top priority will always be to provide the best product and service while never forgetting to be thankful and appreciative to the most important person – THE CUSTOMER.
Thank you for your business,
Jeff Nachtweih – Mark Hemeyer