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“Wyoming Strong”, GW Mechanical celebrates founder and history through dedicated metal art

Founder Gary Waldo stands by his desk

Courtesy of GW Mechanical

GW Mechanical attributes their solid reputation and Wyoming-centric nature to their founder Gary Waldo. His passion for Wyoming and strong leadership skills were a pivotal aspect that led to GW Mechanical’s success in later years. Waldo founded the full-service mechanical contracting company back in 1988 with the grounds of it always being “Wyoming Owned and Operated”. 

“Our history is in Wyoming. We don’t know anything else. We have to support what we know,” said Dean Cline, current President of GW Mechanical.

Now, over three decades later, GW Mechanical has established themselves as a leading contractor in plumbing, piping, and mechanical installation on projects throughout Wyoming. Their reputation for high quality services, reliability, consistency across different markets, and finishing projects in a timely and budget-friendly manner, have helped them grow and expand their markets across the state. 

“If we look at ourselves at being here for 33 years, we’re 33 years into that success. We know for a fact that since we don’t have companies in anywhere other than Wyoming that our success is based upon 307, in other words Wyoming,” says Cline.

In 2001, an office was added in Sheridan to allow GW Mechanical to better serve northern Wyoming. Just over a decade later, in 2012, they acquired Heather Plumbing in Laramie and converted it into a branch location that is now serving the southern part of the state. In 2014, GW Mechanical purchased Deer Creek Plumbing of Glenrock and used it to expand their current efforts in the residential and service market covering Casper and central Wyoming. In recent years, they obtained a shop and the offices of a mechanical contractor in Torrington and have expanded their personnel to better serve the needs of that community. 

All of these expansions have helped establish and reiterate GW Mechanical’s mission of supporting their home, Wyoming. They want to support the state as a whole and also take care of their people across Wyoming. Thankfully, finding hard workers has never been an issue for GW Mechanical.

“Wyoming is known for having worker bees. It always has been,” Cline said.

GW Mechanical provides a variety of services across the state ranging from single source contracting to specialty subcontracting. They have experience in assisting with the design and build stage of projects to enhance the cost savings for the client while still maintaining a high quality final product. GW Mechanical has worked on various types of mechanical systems including hospitals, nursing facilities, laboratories, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, office buildings, hotels, large homes, federal and state facilities and industrial complexes. 

GW Mechanical strives to support other local Wyoming businesses and families in the best way they can by offering high quality service that’s both reliable and consistent. By doing this, they will be able to continue to live, work, and play in the Cowboy State.

“We need to stick together as Wyomingites, because we’re stronger together than we are alone. If we can keep our monies in Wyoming, then it helps everybody,” says Kara Garbutt, Operation Manager of GW Mechanical.

Ever since they first started back in 1988, GW Mechanical has been working to become one of Wyoming’s premier mechanical contractors specializing in commercial and industrial installations. Their state-wide staff of over 60 employees includes positions such as project managers, superintendents, master and journeyman plumbers, apprentices, and laborers. And, as you can see, that staff is growing every day.

“This company was established in Wyoming and has always been here. And our people are our biggest resource that we want to try to keep,” said Cline.

Even though GW Mechanical continues to grow and expand their services, they haven’t forgotten their mission of always being Wyoming owned and operated. Each expansion is deliberately made so they can continue to support the state and different communities across it.

“We want to always work here. This is where we work and play,” Cline says.

After serving as president of GW Mechanical for 24 years, Gary Waldo passed the reins to Dean Cline in 2012. Cline is expected to pass the torch to his son, Cody, in 2023.

GW Mechanical plans to dedicate a metal art silhouette in honor of Waldo’s leadership, hardwork, and determination that contributed to their company’s success. This dedication will take place during 307 First’s 307 Metal Art Project Dedication Ceremony from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 11 at the Ramkota Hotel.

The ceremony will be followed by a “307 BBQ” at 400 E. 1st Street starting at 11:30 a.m. This celebration welcomes all who currently support or wish to support 307 First and will include free BBQ from Swine & Stein, a fire pit raffle, and free 307 First swag.

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