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Walgren Profile

WALGREN HISTORY

Walgren Company was founded in 1955 by Gus Walgren and Arnold Parker, as a provider of chemicals and equipment to the anodizing industry. By 1962, it had developed into a full service company with the engineering, manufacturing, and service capabilities to design and build turnkey finishing lines. In 1963, the first Walgren Company line was sold outside the US.

WALGREN TODAY

Today, Walgren Company is managed by its four owners:  Drew Johnston, Craig Stevens, Dan Beachum and Mark Norton.  All have a commitment to the industry that is decades-long.  Collectively and individually, they have a wide range of experience in engineering, design, manufacturing, waste treatment,  installation, international business, and project management.

Walgren world headquarters is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where two facilities, of a combined 65,000 sq. ft., house administration, engineering, and manufacturing operations.  In 2005, Walgren established a partnership with a finishing systems company in Dongguan, China with over 25 years of experience.  The combined resources enable Walgren to better serve customers in South East Asia, and worldwide.  Today, Walgren also has facilities in Toronto, Cairo, Sao Paulo and Solingen.

During the past 5 decades, Walgren has emerged as a preeminent supplier of finishing systems for manufacturers and job shop processors.  Our professional staff has equipment, process and operational experience with anodizing, plating, phosphating, autodeposition, electrocoating, paint, powder and waste treatment.  A review of our most recent major projects, shown at the bottom of this page, illustrates our wide-ranging capability.

WALGREN PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

Chief Executive Officer   
Drew A. Johnston, Certified Electrofinisher (CEF)

Degree:  Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Western Michigan University 
Years in Finishing Industry: 42
Years with Walgren Company: 34

President – US Operations                             
Craig Stevens

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts in Business, Calvin College; MBA, Standford Hill
Years in Finishing Industry: 10
Years with Walgren Company: 10

President – Asia Operations                          
Lee Jones
 
Degree:  Master Electrician
Years in Finishing Industry: 33
Years with Walgren Company: 30

Vice President of Sales   
Mark Norton, Certified Electrofinisher (CEF)
 
Degree:  Bachelor of Chemistry & Education, Western Michigan University;  
Masters in Management, Aquinas College
Years in Finishing Industry: 27
Years with Walgren Company: 13

Director of Sales – Mexico
Paul Fisher

Degree: Southwest Texas State University
Founder and Chairman of the Southern Metal Finishing Conference
NASF Board Member 2008-2009
Years in Finishing Industry: 21

Vice President of Operations
Dan Beachum, Certified Electrofinisher (CEF)

Degree:  Bachelor of Operation Mgt, Michigan State University
Years in Finishing Industry: 24
Years with Walgren Company: 9

Installation and Technical Service Manager 
Brian Milligan

Degree:  Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, Saginaw Valley State University
Years in Finishing Industry: 6
Years with Walgren Company: 6

Electrical Controls Engineer
Mike Mervenne

Degree:  Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Ferris State University
Years in Finishing Industry: 5
Years with Walgren Company: 5

WALGREN CUSTOMERS

Walgren customers include the world's most prominent manufacturers (and their tier 1s);  as well as military and defense entities, and large job shops, worldwide. An updated list of Walgren customers appears here.

Our professional staff has equipment, process and operational experience with anodizing, plating, phosphating, autodeposition, electrocoating, paint, powder and waste treatment.