The World's Leader in Portable Dredges
Bill, Tommy, & Bob Wetta
Bob Wetta & Bill Wetta
DSC's Corporate Office
Dredging Supply Company, Inc.
The company founder, Thomas (Tommy) J. Wetta III, developed a love for dredging while working and living on the dredge Orleans for the Standard Dredging Corporation back in 1955. By 1971, Tommy and a friend that shared his passion for dredges had started a company named Kenner Marine to build dredges, and in 1989 Dredging Supply Co., Inc., was founded by Tommy and his two sons, William (Bill) J. Wetta II, P.E., and Robert (Bob) B. Wetta. The new company flourished and in 2006 DSC acquired the Michigan-based W&S Dredge Manufacturer (founded in 1967). In 2010 the corporation consolidated its subsidiaries and DSC Dredge LLC (DSC) was born. The reorganization brought together Dredging Supply Company, W&S, Best Equipment, DSA and Reliable Electric to gain maximum efficiencies in the day-to-day operations and administration of all of the facilities.
DSC Dredge LLC has a dominant role in the dredge manufacturing industry, built on a platform of extreme commitment to its customers through engineering customization to meet their specific application needs. DSC is proud of its long heritage and dominant position in the industry, and its management takes this commitment to the customer very seriously.
The top management team is headed by Bob Wetta, who serves as the President and CEO of corporation. Bill Wetta serves as VP of Product Development and commits himself to staying abreast of the latest dredging and engineering trends for the business. Kevin Dolan serves as VP of Finance and CFO and David Miller serves as VP of Production and COO.
Throughout the many years of its history, DSC’s customer-centric approach to the dredging market has focused on building strong, long-lasting relationships with its customers. Many of its employees have been with the company for over a decade, and the solid work ethics instilled by Tommy Wetta keep the company in its premium market position. The reputation of the entire team is built on this commitment to the customer and its dedication to delivering a superior product and outstanding service after the sale. Together, the entire team focuses on meeting the dredging needs of its many loyal customers in more than 40 countries all over the world.
Lifetime Achievement Award - Tommy Wetta
DSC was privileged to accept Western Dredging Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007, honoring Tommy Wetta for his outstanding and unselfish dedication and contributions to the dredging industry. His commitment, superior abilities, knowledge, determination and devotion to his chosen profession has made unparalleled, significant and important contributions not only to Western Dredging Association, but also to dredgers throughout the world.
President's "E Star" Award for Exports
In 2012 DSC was one of ten companies throughout the country selected to receive the President's "E Star” Award for Exports, in recognition of the company's achievements in supporting export growth in the U.S. business community. This prestigious award was granted to DSC to recognize their substantial increase of 147% in exports over a three-year time span.
In order to qualify for an "E Star” Award, a company must first receive the Presidential “E” Award for excellence in exporting. In 2008 Bob and Bill Wetta joined President George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez at the White House to accept the Presidential “E” Award. The “E” Award was created by John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the highest honor the federal government can give to American companies that have made significant contributions to the increase of American exports.
To receive the prestigious “E Star” Award, DSC had to show evidence of a substantial increase in volume of exports over a four-year period. Exports had to constitute a significant portion of total product sales and/or be materially in excess of the industry's average percentage.
The awards date back to World War II, when more than 4,000 "E Pennants" were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big "E" on it became a badge of patriotism in action. Bearing a similar honor and distinction, the "E" Award and "E Star" Award are now awarded by the President of the United States for excellence in exporting.
DSC was one of five Louisiana companies selected for the annual Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The manufacturer was recognized for bringing revenue to the state and nation, as well as for using the services of the U.S. Export Assistance Center.
Over the years, DSC has developed a dominant role in the dredge manufacturing industry, and we pride ourselves as "A World Leader in Customized Dredging Solutions." We have earned this title with our hands-on philosophy and commitment to our customers. DSC believes each dredge is a work of art that is designed specifically for a particular application. We work with your engineering team, or from something as simple as a hand-drawn sketch, to ensure the correct design for your needs. Our goal is to tailor each dredge to our customer's specified requirements and customize the dredge to the type of work for which it will be used.
DSC Dredge LLC is located at 156 Airport Road in Reserve, Louisiana, approximately 25 miles from the New Orleans International Airport. The Company purchased 16 acres of property in Reserve during 1998, and soon after began construction on its manufacturing complex in early 1999. By January 2000, the Company had relocated its manufacturing operations to this facility and began plans for Phase II of its expansion. DSC designed its corporate office building in 2001, and was able to relocate its entire corporate office to this complex by February 2002. The move was significant because it consolidated all departments into one location, thereby increasing its efficiency and engineering capabilities. Phase III began in 2009 and included the addition of an engineering facility to house the engineering and automation departments.
DSC's manufacturing complex encompasses more than 27,000 square feet of work area under one roof, and consists of a workshop building, manufacturing building, sandblasting building, paint building, inventory building and machine shop.
DSC's corporate office is a 7,200-square-foot building named after the company's founder and vice president, Thomas J. Wetta III. The Administration Building houses DSC's financial services, purchasing, marketing, human resources, field service, dredge sales and part sales departments. On July 13, 2009, DSC opened its most recent addition - the "Julia Bull Campbell" Design Center, named in honor of Bill Wetta and Bob Wetta's maternal grandmother. Ms. Bull was instrumental in financing the start of the company, and her legacy lives on through DSC's growth and international success. The Design Center is 5,800 square feet and houses the engineering and automation departments.
DSC continues to grow, and has future plans to develop several more acres of its property for additional manufacturing overflow.