The Western Power Products Inc. Story

Western Power Products' official company history can be traced back over three decades, but the roots of the organization can be traced back to 1936 when the owners' family farm was established in the San Joaquin Valley. The first representation of John Deere products came in the late 1960's when the first of three John Deere Agricultural equipment stores was built.

In the late 1970's Deere decided to establish a network of engine distributors to supply engines to local original equipment manufacturers and provide diesel power units for various agricultural and industrial applications. Western Engine Distributors was established in central California. At about the same time, CN Power Systems was established in northern California and northwest Nevada. A number of engine distributors were set up by John Deere Company during this time.

Many of the early distributors ran their engine operations as a division or department of their equipment operations. They really wanted a source for power units for their retail customer base.

A few distributors in the country realized that the engine business required dedicated efforts and that it was significantly different from the retail equipment operations. Western Engine and CN Power were two such distributors. They concentrated on taking care of their OEM customers and they developed power unit packages that they could provide on a wholesale basis to the smaller distributor and dealers.

In the early 1990's Deere developed and began to market John Deere Marine Diesel engines for commercial fishing, work boat and limited pleasure boat applications. At that time, both Western Engine and CN Power began expanding into those applications and started setting up John Deere Marine Engine Dealers to sell and service these new Deere marine products.

In May 2001 John Deere Power Systems approved the purchase of CN Power Systems by Western Engine Distributors. With the joining of the two organizations and the realization that the distributor of the future would be much more than just an engine company, in 2002 the company name was changed to Western Power Products.

Western Power Products has expanded the family to include the Yanmar Industrial engine line. The Yanmar power range extends our capabilities to include small diesel engines down to 5 Hp. In 2006, John Deere Power Systems expanded our offerings to include the Funk Drivetrain products. Now Western Power Products offers complete power train packages for virtually any customer need with engineering, fabrication, sales and product support.

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Current Operations

Western Power Products started providing engines to original equipment manufacturers and packaging power units for agricultural and industrial applications in southern California over 30 years ago. Today our territory includes all of California, Arizona, Hawaii and Western Nevada and we provide everything from simple power units and basic power train components to custom engineered and fabricated engine and power train packages to over a thousand customers and dealers.

Our product lines include John Deere and Yanmar engines and Funk Drivetrain components. We also handle a multitude of components that enable us to provide complete power units and drivetrain packages such as PTO's, cooling components, pumps, generators and aftertreatment products. In addition to that, we manufacture numerous products like skids, enclosures and fuel tank trailers.

We operate out of three locations. Our 30,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters is in Bakersfield. At this location we do all of our design and application engineering as well as manufacturing and assembling the standard power units and custom packages for all of our sales territory.

At our branch in Woodland we do some assembly and trim on the power units and power train packages for our OEM customers and dealers in Northern California and Northwest Nevada. Our Southern California branch in Long Beach is a critical hub for our parts and wholegoods sales in Southern California, Arizona and Southern Nevada. We have 5 Territory Managers and 3 Inside Sales people supporting our 5 Sales Territories.

To support these products we have field service personnel that operate out of our Bakersfield and Woodland locations. For service outside of these locations we have almost 80 service dealers supporting our John Deere and Yanmar engines and Funk drivetrain components. Included in that number are 13 Marine Dealers who sell and service the John Deere marine engines in California and Hawaii.

With the ever changing environmental regulations from federal and state agencies we believe it's critical to provide our customers with information to understand and meet the current regulations. To accomplish this, we have a full time emission specialist who works with all of our customers, dealers and sales staff. We have made this commitment so that our customers will have a source for current information and can be compliant with the current laws. We are able to offer many alternatives for our customers to meet current regulations.

As we stated in our mission statement, our commitment is long term. We are not here for the quick sale. We are here to be the premier engine, power train and systems provider today and for the future.


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