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History in the making

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THE WALPar story

Over 50 years ago Planet Corporation opened its Highway and Railroad Safety Products division near Birmingham. The facility was strategically located three miles south of U.S. Steel's Fairfield, Alabama plant.

Henry A. Parker, a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer and University of Alabama graduate, was hired as Planet Corporation’s Chief Engineer in 1973 after many years with U.S. Steel.

In July 1974 Walpar was chartered by Richard A. Wall, Jr., formerly General Manager of Planet Corporation's Highway Division, and Henry Parker. The company subsequently acquired Planet Corporation's Birmingham facilities and business operations. In 1978 Mr. Parker purchased Mr. Wall's interest in the company.

Until July 2009, Walpar operated as a family-owned business and achieved tremendous growth and market presence under the leadership of Henry Parker as Chief Executive Officer, and his two sons H. Allen Parker, Jr. and Stanley R. Parker.

Allen joined Walpar full-time in 1978, and was named President of the company in January 2007. Stan joined Walpar in 1980 and was later named Vice President.

In July 2009, Walpar was recapitalized by Rock Gate Peninsula I, a partnership of Rock Gate Partners and Peninsula Capital Partners, to facilitate continued growth and estate planning objectives.

In July 2018, Walpar was acquired by Valmont® Industries, Inc. The acquisition makes Walpar part of the world’s leader in engineering and manufacturing lighting, signage and traffic management structures. Valmont is a global leader in the Engineered Support Structures, Coatings, Irrigation and Utility Support Structures business segments. Valmont Industries, Inc. (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.

The entire Walpar team takes great pride in its customer relationships and seeks to differentiate itself from competitors through excellence in design, engineering, product fabrication, quality control and customer service.

 

THE WALPAR TEAM

 
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Walpar employs passionate individuals who genuinely care about the organization. The Company maintains a uniquely collaborative culture with relentless focus on continuous improvement.

Shop office

JEFF HAGER, CPA
Vice President of Operations/CFO

RICKEY GARRETT
Plant Manager

STEVE SANSING
Superintendent

BOBBY BENSON
Quality Control Manager/CWI

STEVE CARNES
Quality Control/CWI/MT Level II

ADAM GARRETT
Purchasing Agent

CATHY NORRIS
Traffic Manager

Engineering

BARBARA CLEMENTS, PE
Chief Engineer

ROBERT WIGINTON, PE
Senior Design Engineer

MICHAEL DEMPSEY
General Manager/Project Manager

JEREMY DENARD
Project Manager

DAVID LALLONE
Engineering Intern

DUSTIN HOLLAND
Detailer/Checker

DAVID JOHNSTON
Detailer/Checker

Sales

DARIN ODOM
General Manager/Sales Manager

REBA BRICE
Office Manager

JOSH STEGALL
Assistant Sales Manager

I.T.

JIMMIE WEBB
Senior Software Engineer/IT Manager

Accounting & Human Resources

LEONA RILEY
Accounts Payable/Human Resources