Sanitary Stainless Welding, Inc. (SSWI) has deep roots in Central California going back to Valley Foundry (VF) which was
founded in 1898. Several of the current employees, including the operations manager, worked for VF. Many of the traditional made in USA, fabrication methods, which are proven and tested by time, are still utilized by SSWI. In fact, SSWI occupies the same building and facility originally occupied by VF. Our facility was specifically designed and built to fabricate heavy welded equipment with multiple mobile overhead cranes. In the 1990’s, VF was forced to close operations due to poor economy conditions.
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In 2005, Jim Mosqueda, who also worked for VF, started SSWI with great success. Jim’s primarily focused on the wine industry similar to VF. Part of SSWI’s triumph was to incorporate hands on partners which are still in place today. SSWI is a 100% employee owned company through an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). The program drives employee interest in the company’s success which drives customer satisfaction through on time delivery, quality and value.
SSWI became an ESOP company when DCI acquired SSWI in 2012. DCI was established in 1955 as Dairy Craft, Inc., producing stainless steel storage tanks for the dairy industry. By 1969, the company had outgrown its original production facility in Holdingford, Minnesota and moved the operation to its present location in St. Cloud, Minnesota, which includes a 101,000 square-foot production facility and corporate offices. And now, with the purchase of SSWI, DCI has extended its reach into the wine industry. DCI brings strong financial backing and highly skilled resources in industries outside SSWI’s primary focus in the wine industry. DCI and SSWI working together can surely accomplish your facility’s needs.
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In 1987, employees of the company, through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), acquired majority ownership in DCI from the founders of the company. Then in 2007, the remaining minority ownership of DCI was purchased by the ESOP, whereby DCI became 100% employee owned. The pride of ownership is evident as each employee owner has a personal stake in ensuring the collective success of each and every project.