Passing the Torch

In an age of manufacturing conglomerates and rampant acquisitions, Tri Tool remains a proud privately held firm that continues to prosper following the original mission of providing quality manufactured industrial equipment, built around solid engineering and backed by unequaled customer support.

Dr. George J. Wernette, President and Jerri Wernette, Executive Vice President have turned over the day-to-day operations of Tri Tool to their son George J. (Joe) Wernette III as Chief Executive Officer.

“Joe has been groomed for this job since he was 8-years old. He’s had just about every job imaginable here, and has been shadowing both myself and George for the last couple of years”, said Jerri Wernette.

With nearly 30 years of experience at Tri Tool, Joe has acquired extensive experience with many different aspects of the company including establishing ground-breaking implementation of mass production of precision tool bits, taking a lead role in the development of next-generation orbital welding equipment, and most recently his work on corporate restructuring and his plan to usher in an unprecedented level of advanced product development. Joe has been actively engaged in promoting the company and working with both customers and the industry. He has represented Tri Tool at trade shows, award ceremonies, equipment demos and customer weld program development.

“We are a technical solutions provider. We do the hard jobs, the impossible jobs, not because it is easy, but because we are great at it”, said Joe Wernette publicly after the announcement. Joe went on to say, “a leader is someone who is humble and surrounds themselves with the brightest and most capable people, while encouraging unity and perfection”.

Joe looks forward to his tenure as CEO as an opportunity to grow the company with safe, technically advanced product innovation while maintaining the highest standards of engineering and manufacturing quality.

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