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Innovation Drives Steady, Rapid Growth at Husky

  August 14, 2013
Firefighters use Husky's patent-pending Easy Lift Handles

Firefighters use Husky's patent-pending Easy Lift Handles to easily remove any standing water in the tank and to fold it during a water shuttle class. The handles are welded onto the floor of folding tank liners.

Used by permission of Chris McLoone and Fire Apparatus Magazine:

Any company aspires to be the best at what it does and to achieve number one status in the markets it serves. Husky® Portable Containment is no different and has enjoyed a very successful eight years in business. The company has experienced steady growth since its inception in 2005. "Last year we sold over 30 percent more folding tanks than the previous year," says Jay Claeys, owner and president of the company. "This year is already on pace to eclipse last year's mark."

The Start

Claeys has been in the portable water tank industry for 22 years, and he founded Husky in December 2004. In January 2005, he began putting the shop together, ordered machines, and found vendors. "And then I started making sales calls," recalls Claeys. "We sold our first folding frame tank in March 2005, so it really didn't take long. But, there was a lot of R&D time from January 1 to March 1."

Claeys says that the first year was a little slow, but in 2006 the company's folding frame tank really took off, and Husky has gained sales every year since. "Our growth has been steady and rapid, and one of the reasons has been the loyal distributorships we have acquired over the last eight years," he says. "Our new product innovations have also been a huge part of putting Husky on the map."

The company's first facility was located in Skiatook, Oklahoma. Shortly after, Husky moved to Dewey, Oklahoma, and a 12,000-square-foot facility that the company has outgrown. It will soon be moving to a brand new 20,000-square-foot plant in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. "We're still such a young company," asserts Claeys. "Even though we're in our ninth year, I'd call us in our sophomore year. We still have a long way to go to build our brand name. We're growing every year. That's how the City of Bartlesville gave us all these incentives. They gave us the land. It's a grant. And they're helping us with money. If you're not growing, you're dying, and we need to keep growing and growing." (Read more)