L&H Industrial’s 50th anniversary.

On July 19, about 1,000 people gathered at a western style barbecue in Gillette, Wyoming, to celebrate L&H Industrial’s 50th anniversary. Starting as a small oil field machine shop 50 years ago, L&H Welding and Machine has grown to become a global leader in the mining industry with shops and offices around the world. In addition to rebuilding some of the largest pieces of equipment on earth, L&H specializes in the design and manufacturing of aftermarket parts for both mining and mineral processing operations.

“L&H is all about family, our family, and the families of our employees and customers,” said Mike Wandler, president, L&H Industrial. “When my father [Leon Wandler] started L&H back in 1964, I’m sure he couldn’t imagine what the company would become 50 years later. He instilled a strong work ethic and put us on a path for success. He believed parts could be made better and they would perform better if we focused on their use and how they break. Today, L&H operates under the same principles — engineering and manufacturing the highest quality parts and providing world-class oil field services with a focus on safety.”

“When our parents arrived in Gillette, it was a ranching and oil field community,” said Jeff Wandler, corporate vice president and director of sales and marketing, L&H Industrial. “There was more oil field work than you could imagine. As the oil business grew soft in the late 1970s, the great coal mines in the region sprung to life. It took a community like Gillette to build this company into what it is today. It’s the ingenuity of our employees that allows us to do all of the cool engineering and repair work that we do today.”

The company created a timeline and published a book to commemorate the event, which is available at: www.lnh.net.