OCONOMOWOC, Wis. – HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has purchased a Lake Mills, Wisconsin property not far from its present location in Oconomowoc. The 136,500-square-foot, $5.1 million Lake Mills property will allow for anticipated continuing growth. Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, the company has doubled in size in just the past five years.
Company Spokesperson Jason Haas said management waited to announce the move until the sale was final. Unfortunately, some reports of the company’s intention to relocate have inaccurately implied that it was looking at out-of-state venues. Haas said that moving the company any great distance was actually never a consideration, and “certainly not out of state.”
Haas said, “Where else would we find the people who make the HammerHead organization the vibrant, thriving culture that it is? Our homes are here. From the get-go, we’ve always limited our search to a 20 to 25 mile radius.”
Haas said the Lake Mills location spares both management and employees the burden of long commutes or difficult decisions regarding relocation.
“We’re as much a community today as we were 25 years ago,” Haas said. “HammerHead pride is how we got where we are, and it will get us where we’re going.”
HammerHead CEO Brian Metcalf said the move was only a matter of practicality, pointing out that the HammerHead research and development facility was previously located offsite.
“Within the past five years we have had to rent two additional manufacturing and warehouse spaces apart from our current campus. In other words, we have been operating out of four locations,” Metcalf said.
Metcalf believed the increased efficiency of unifying HammerHead processes on one campus would help the company serve its growing customer base. The company market share domestically and worldwide is steadily growing.
“We’re excited to have a new facility located on 19 acres that provides long term growth and opportunities for our employees,” Metcalf said. “And, we look forward to becoming involved with the Lake Mills community. We plan to hold an open house in the spring, along with a customer event, and we will hold our global sales meetings at the new facility.”
Before the company can make the move, the Lake Mills facility will undergo some renovation work, Metcalf said. The refurbished property will house a new CIPP (cured-in-place-pipe) customer hands-on training facility, a state-of-the-art training auditorium and expanded manufacturing capabilities.
Anticipated completion of the move is by year’s end.
HammerHead, a trademark of the Oklahoma company The Charles Machine Works, Inc. since 2010, is also known as the Earth Tool Company, LLC. The more widely recognized HammerHead trademark comes from the success of its earth-piercing tool, the “HammerHead Mole,” which launched the company on May 9, 1989.
Today the HammerHead organization offers a wide range of product lines that include a complete array of machines, tools and consumables for pipe installation, rehabilitation and replacement. The range of techniques supported by HammerHead equipment and education currently include earth piercing, pipe ramming, pneumatic and static pipe bursting for underground water, sewer and gas infrastructure, including hydraulic winches, CIPP systems and consumables, pneumatic percussion rock drills and tooling, and horizontal directional drill tooling.