In 1945, Lawrence Walker left his position as plant manager of a local manufacturer to start his own business. Using his life savings and a mortgage on the family home, he purchased a vacant industrial facility where he founded Streator Dependable Mfg. His vision was to develop a successful business that would continue to expand and prosper throughout the years and provide financial opportunity for his family and future generations.
Mr. Walker focused on growing his company by fabricating metal products for a variety of industries. He was joined by his sons at the end of WWII and over the next several decades, facilities and equipment were added to serve our expanding customer base. Quality products and excellent customer service have been the hallmark of Streator Dependable Mfg. throughout the years.
Some six decades later, Streator Dependable Mfg. is part of a group of manufacturing companies, which are held by the Walker family. Four generations strong (5 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 4 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter) along with a dedicated staff of talented people, the companies continue to thrive. Streator Dependable is a 240,000 sq. ft. facility which houses an impressive array of equipment and currently employs approximately 50 individuals.
Streator Dependable specializes in designing and fabricating material handling products to address our customer’s handling needs. In addition, we provide fabrication services of O.E.M. parts and components to a variety of customers.
Through our commitment to quality and the continuous improvement of our business systems, processes and capabilities, we look forward to serving our customers for decades to come. At Streator Dependable Mfg. we provide value by understanding our customer’s needs and striving to exceed expectations.
IN THE SUMMER of 1945 a factory manager at a company in Streator, Illinois mortgaged his home to start a business and buy a vacant building on the edge of town. With the acquisition of a few machine tools plus a contract with the Navy to build bomb trailers for the war effort, the business that would become known as Streator Dependable was born.
Self-Dumping Hoppers Become Popular
Self-dumping hoppers like the one in this 1948 photo were extremely popular items, especially when used in conjunction with fork lift trucks. Streator Dependable Mfg. buiit thousands of these units throughout its history.
Collapsible Containers Are Produced
Collapsible metal containers like those above were a real innovation in 1952. Saving freight costs and factory floor space has always been a concern of material handling engineers.
Streator Improves Factory Floor Space With Stackable Bins
Stackable parts bins like those pictured approve produce dramatic improvements in factory floor space and enhance work-in-process assembly. These units were built by Streator Dependable in 1955 for a large home appliance manufacturer.
Stackable Corrugated Steel Pallets – An Economic Space Saver
Stackable corrugated steel pallets like these from Streator Dependable, while simple in concept and design, quickly proved to be an economical space-saver as shown in this 1959 photo of an agricultural warehouse.
Angle Iron “Hairpins” Become Popular
Angle iron “hairpins” as used on this stacking rack became popular in the 1960’s. Streator Dependable used the hairpin design, as shown in the photo above, as part of its company logo for many years.
Streator Dependable Pioneers Corrugated Steel Swiveling Containers
Corrugated steel containers that swivel on a forklift, like the one in this picture, were pioneered by Streator Dependable for custom applications in the foundry, automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing industries beginning in the mid-1960’s.
Streator Hires Women Welders
Rapid industrial growth during the 1970’s resulted in a severe manpower shortage. One of Streator Dependable’s innovative solutions is described this 1973 newspaper article.
Pat Walker Rewards Loyal Employees
Long-term company loyalty has always been a tradition at Streator Dependable. In this 1974 photo, company president Pat Walker (center) presents two employees with gold watches on their retirement after many years of continuous service.
Is it a Reel or Spool?
ls it a reel or a spool? Only the end-user knows for sure! These two reels were built for the tire industry in 1984 to handle fabric, The proud workman is Paul Walker, grandson of founder Lawrence Walker and current president of Streator Dependable Mfg.
Streator Dependable Installs It’s First CNC Press
Streator Dependable has always strived to stay on the cutting edge of technology Installed in 1989 the first cnc hydrulic press proved to be a boon to productivity and worker safety
AutoCAD Technology Becomes the Standard at Streator Dependable
AutoCAD technology became the engineering standard at Streator Dependable in the early 1990’s.
Streator Dependable Moves Operations to New Building
After 67 years at our old facility Streator Dependable purchased and rehabbed a local glass storage warehouse moved our operations across town to this beautiful and modern 240,000 sq ft facility in 2007
A Romer Arm CMM is Added
In 2013 in order to meet a growing demand from our customer base we added a Romer arm CMM allowing use to take and chart precise location measurements