Local Company Fulfills NASA Contract

L&H CEO Mike Wandler with a model of the transporter his company upgraded for NASA. (Photo by Pat Blair)
L&H CEO Mike Wandler with a model of the transporter his company upgraded for NASA. (Photo by Pat Blair)

L&H Industrial has grown from a Gillette-based company that that works on oil drilling rigs to a worldwide company that recently increased the capacity of what was already the world's largest land vehicle.

Mike Wandler, who's the company's CEO, talked about the company, its growth – which includes a location in Sheridan – and the work done for NASA at last week's meeting of Forward Sheridan. Wandler said L&H was a subcontractor of Vencore for the NASA project.

Wandler said NASA uses two crawler transporters to carry rockets and other spacecraft to and from the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The transporters were built in the 1960s, and the upgrade was needed, Wandler said, to handle the heavier rockets and other space vehicles that are launched today.

He said quite a bit of the parts used in construction came out of Sheridan. Wandler said of the companies considered for the NASA project, L&H was the only one that could do the job completely in house.

Wandler said his father, Leon Wandler, started L&H in Gillette in 1964. The company's name was derived from the names of his father and Hank, who was his father's partner at that time. He said the company started diversifying after the oil crash in 1982.

The company bought Industrial Plating and Grinding in Sheridan and, in 2002, started going global. Wandler said the company now operates facilities across the western hemisphere.

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Another view of Wandler. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another view of Wandler. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Wandler talked about the history of L&H Industrial. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Wandler talked about the history of L&H Industrial. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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