In pursuit of the American dream, on March 8, 1978, a group of 19 highly motivated, technical sales people founded Tencarva Machinery Company as a corporation. Many of these founders had upwards of 25 years of expertise in machinery sales and applications. Becoming a collaborative committed team, they risked their livelihoods, their savings and their futures to form Tencarva Machinery Company.
Today, more than 40 years later, Tencarva Machinery Company, LLC, is owned by over 100 active employee stockholders, who continue to invest their time and effort to work above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best possible technical equipment solutions to Industrial and Municipal customers through out the Southeast United States.
Tencarva recognizes that providing reliable, application specific and cost-effective solutions to our customers is one key to our survival and growth, but most importantly, superior performance in providing products and services for our valued customers has enabled the company to thrive and move forward into new horizons with a solid and stable foundation.
Front, left to right, Dick Smith, President; Bill Stewart, VP Greensboro
Back, left to right, Vernon Cashwell, Sec/Treas; Jack Miller, VP Richmond (President, ’91 thru ’97); Bob Paschal, VP Columbia
On October 17, 2001, Tencarva acquired Hudson Pump & Equipment headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. Now a division of Tencarva, Hudson covers a territory that includes all of Florida except the panhandle west of Tallahassee, and a few accounts in southern Georgia. In addition to the Lakeland facility, Hudson has offices in Jacksonville and Miami.
On December 1, 2001, Tencarva made another acquisition, Southern States Industries in Memphis, Tennessee. With this acquisition, Tencarva strengthened it position in the municipal market in the western Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and Arkansas.
On May 1, 2006. Tencarva acquired the municipal division of emory Wilson located in Greensboro, North Carolina. This further projected Tencarva into the municipal market providing sales and service municipalities and local government entities.
November 2006 Tencarva acquired Engineering Equipment Company in Richmond, Virginia. This provided more product lines to complement Tencarva’s existing product lines to better serve the industrial and municipal markets.
Tencarva acquired Electric Sales & Service (ESSCO) with locations in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Martinsville, Virginia on June 1, 2010. ESSCO is a distributor of electric motors and drives. The combination of ESSCO’s electrical knowledge and products along with Tencarva’s resources provide a great benefit to customers and manufacturers.
In October 2011, Tencarva acquired GPM Industries, Inc. and GPM Environmental, Inc., with three locations in Georgia: Alpharetta, Macon and Savannah. This extended Tencarva’s ability to provide sales and superior service throughout the entire state of Georgia. The GPM name was retired and changed to Tencarva in the Spring of 2016. (3/30/16)
Southern Sales, Inc. a Nashville, TN distributor of pumps and process equipment for the municipal market joined the Tencarva family on November 30, 2012. This further strengthened Tencarva’s position in the municipal market throughout the southeastern United States, and Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
In February 2018, Tencarva acquired Saladin Pump & Equipment founded in 1985 by John Saladin Sr., Saladin Pump & Equipment is an industrial pump distributor based in Beaumont, TX, with a satellite office in Lake Charles, LA.