W & W Electric is now one of the largest service and distribution facilities in Wisconsin for the electric motors and industrial controls. Our family business was founded in 948 and are on our third generation. The founders, Carl and Marilyn E. Wojahn, are retired and three of their sons took it over; Ted, Bill, and Keith.
Since then it has grown more, and now the business is owned and operated by Bill, Keith, Steve and Jeff Wojahn. It is going into a third generation of ownership, with Steve and Jeff Wojahn, grandsons of Carl and Marilyn being involved.
Their three locations are in Oshkosh, WI which is our corporate headquarters electronic repair facility and main warehouse. Fond du Lac, WI is our main mechanical service facility and machine shop while Waupun , is a service facility and sales office. We are a member of the Electrical Apparatus Service Assn. (E.A.S.A.)
Carl H. and Marilyn E. Wojahn: Founders
W & W Electric, Inc, began in 1948, while Carl H. Wojahn was working at the Timken Oil Burner Plant; an addition to the Wisconsin Axle. As a foreman and chief inspector he would inspect small motors and parts for oil burner units. The service manager, Frank Buelow,at Speed Queen asked him to look at a damaged washing machine motor and he had it fixed the next day.
He was given a few more motors, and so it continued until it got to be forty or fifty motors every few weeks. At first, Carl would use the kitchen stove to bake motors in, until he set an oven out in the garage. After the small motors were repaired, they were painted and sent back to Speed Queen. Soon he decided to leave the Axle and Oil Burner Plant. This was quite a decision to make because he would be leaving a supervisor job, give up his annuity, and leaving a secure job for a business of his own.
It was in October of 1948 that Carl H. and Marilyn E. Wojahn went into business, and decided to call it W & W Electric Motor Service. From then on it has grown, and now there are three shops; in Fond du Lac, Waupun, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
I won’t forget the nights and days Dad worked, even on the weekends. There were challenges that they faced, and Carl and Marilyn would face them together. My Mom would not only rewind motors, do bookkeeping, and take care of their seven children. They were a team, they are a team, and that is why they can leave this legacy to three of their sons. Now the grandsons are taking over, each generation keeping the same values that this company was founded on. The name has changed a little bit and is now called W & W Electric Motors, Inc.
This company can serve your every need…with dedication and family values