History of Horlick Company
The roots of the William I. Horlick Company trace back to 1936 and the founder William Horlick. In the early years, the company was involved in the buying, selling and refurbishment of surplus military equipment to include motors, generators, transformers and switchgear. During the years following World War II, his two sons joined William Horlick and the company transitioned into a manufacturer of motor-generator sets to be used primarily for power and frequency conversion. Serving both private industry and the military, throughout the second half of the twentieth century, the William I. Horlick Company built a reputation as a manufacturer of top-quality, dependable motor-generator sets. For more than fifty years, the Horlick family maintained a simple and successful philosophy of focusing on each individual customer’s requirements and providing them with a rugged piece of equipment designed to last a lifetime.
In 1990, the Horlick family sold the business to its current owners. Over the next several years, in an effort to keep the business flourishing, the company diversified into a related industry: manufacturing custom electrical control panels. This was a simple transition for the William I. Horlick Company as it was moving into an area where the company already possessed an expertise. Over the span of ten years, the company was able to transform itself from solely a motor-generator set manufacturer into a complete system integrator capable of supplying a range of equipment from a simple relay-based duplex pumping station to a complex Motor Control Center that is customized complete with a PLC-based process and SCADA interface. The company’s successful transition was realized because it was able to maintain the simple philosophy of fabricating well-designed dependable equipment.
In June 2000, the William I. Horlick Company purchased BISCO Environmental, a fabricator of groundwater remediation equipment. At the time, BISCO was one of Horlick’s largest OEM control panel customers. Over the next 5 years, this combined entity realized a tremendous amount of growth and success. Merging the management skills of the William I. Horlick with the solid core of BISCO project managers and engineers helped propel BISCO to become a market leader in the groundwater remediation industry. In July 2005, driven by the desire to focus on its core business of motor-generator sets and system integration, the ownership of the William I. Horlick Company divested BISCO Environmental and the groundwater remediation division. In purchasing BISCO Environmental, the acquisition group purchased the stock of the William I. Horlick Company, Inc. As a result of this transaction, in order to maintain continuity with its customers and the marketplace, the owners of the William I. Horlick Company simply re-incorporated the remaining portion of the company and named it the Horlick Company, Inc. Every aspect of the motor-generator set and control panel business remained unchanged after the sale.
Over the past 70 years, the Horlick name has been synonymous with dependable and reliable equipment, combined with unmatched customer service. This combination is still prevalent today as the Horlick Company looks forward to a bright future manufacturing motor-generator sets and custom electrical control enclosures.