About Wildeck


Wildeck, Inc. headquartered in Waukesha, WI, is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, a 100 percent employee-owned company.  Today, Wildeck is the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial steel work platforms (mezzanines), vertical lifts (VRCs), rideable material lifts (RML), safety guarding products (industrial guard rail, mezzanine safety gates, end-of-aisle rack protectors), industrial ladders, crossovers, and more.  For manufacturing, retail backrooms, warehouses, distribution centers, logistics centers, and other operations; Wildeck products can enhance profitability by providing effective storing, lifting, guarding, and high access solutions to improve operational capacity, efficiency, and safety.


Our Mission

To make our customers' projects run smoothly by:

Providing creative solutions

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Wildeck products and solutions are tailored to your individual requirements.

Being on time, accurate, and complete

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Wildeck delivers projects on time and completed to your exact requirements.

Delivering exceptional service

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Wildeck provides a higher level of long-term customer support, problem solving and flexibility.

Fostering our relationships

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Wildeck is a team of driven and dedicated people ready to meet your needs.

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The Wildeck Story

One of the many factors contributing to the company's success is our unwavering dedication and support of your local Wildeck distributor. Throughout the company's growth, Wildeck has continued to offer innovative space enhancement, material handling, and safety products through a nationwide network of independent material handling dealers and systems integrators. These distributors provide the local presence, on-site skills, and responsive service that customers require.

Wildeck, Inc. is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, an ESOP company. All products are proudly "Made in USA" by employee owners and are designed to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of your operations. It's a level of quality and craftsmanship you won't find anywhere else. 


Wildeck Inc.
405 Commerce Street
Waukesha, WI 53186
Tel: (800) 325-6939 or (262) 549-4000
Fax: (262) 549-3466

Wildeck announced plans to move into a new HQ in September 2022.
Wildeck announced plans to move into a new HQ in September 2022.

Wildeck, Inc. - a history of leadership, innovation, and customer support

Wildeck was founded in 1976 as a division of Williams Steel and incorporated as Wildeck, Inc. in 1983. The company moved to its main headquarters in Waukesha, WI in 1985 and has evolved to become a premier manufacturer of facility space enhancement, material handling, and protective guarding products. Celebrating its 45th year in 2021, Wildeck’s modern U.S manufacturing facilities in Waukesha, Wisconsin and Goodyear, Arizona - along with a full-time staff of structural, mechanical, and electrical design engineers - are providing innovative, cost-effective, and performance-proven products to help solve the material handling challenges customers face.


Wildeck’s heritage can be traced back to Williams Steel and Supply Company of Milwaukee, WI - a high quality steel service center - which was started by Herman Williams in 1944.  Custom designed Williams platforms, known as “Wildeck Mezzanines” would become so successful that the company could justify it becoming a separate division.


To meet continuing customer demands, the “Wildeck Mezzanines” division was formed as the Engineering Department for Williams Steel.


CRL of Bannockburn, IL purchased Williams Steel and Wildeck as a package.


Wildeck officially incorporated and became Wildeck, Inc., a sister company of Williams Steel.


Wildeck, Inc. moved into a separate manufacturing facility in Waukesha, WI, its current location.


CRLI (which evolved from the original CRL) sold Williams Steel and Len Krieger was named President of Wildeck, Inc.  No longer affiliated with Williams Steel, Wildeck could now begin purchasing steel from other suppliers.


Len Krieger retired and Ralph Laird was named President of Wildeck, Inc.


CRLI became Holden Industries with Wildeck, Inc. being a Holden Industries subsidiary.


Wildeck employees, along with other Holden Industry companies approved an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  Today, Wildeck, Inc. is a subsidiary of Holden Industries – a 100% employee-owned company


After 29 years with the company, Ralph Laird retired from Wildeck and Keith G. Pignolet (Vice President of Sales & Marketing) was promoted to President.


Wildeck, Inc. acquired Ladder Industries in Goodyear, AZ.  Ladder Industries has over 50 years of experience in the special and custom design of industrial ladders, stair products, conveyor crossovers, machine stands, aircraft maintenance platforms, guard rail and handrail.


Wildeck, Inc., and its subsidiary Ladder Industries, continue a solid growth path with plans to double the size of the company in the next five years.


Holden Industries promotes Keith G. Pignolet to Chairman of the Board


Wildeck celebrates its 40-year anniversary and completes a major facility renovation and remodeling project at its headquarters operations in Waukesha, WI.


Wildeck introduces six new products (more than ever before), including a Rideable Material Lift, at the industry’s largest exposition (ProMat); and receives the coveted MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) award from MHEDA (the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).

Most Valuable Supplier logo


To better meet the marketplace's growing demand for the company's quality material handling solutions, Wildeck opens a new facility near Pewaukee, WI, bringing the total number of operating locations to four. 

  • Wildeck Waukesha Facility – The company’s original location that manufactures mezzanines and guarding products 
  • Wildeck Pewaukee Facility – The newest addition to the Wildeck family, dedicated to the design and fabrication of lifting products 
  • Wildeck Goodyear Facility – The company’s presence in the Western United States, specializing in the design and fabrication of custom access products 
  • Wildeck Waukesha Warehouse – Adjacent to the Wildeck Waukesha Facility, this facility serves as the warehouse from which guarding products are quick shipped all over the country


Dan Lorenz (Vice President of Operations) is promoted to President of Wildeck


Company growth has prompted Wildeck to move their corporate headquarters in Waukesha, WI (405 Commerce Street), to a larger facility approx. 3 miles down the road at 1900 E. North Street.