John R. Wald Company becomes part of 3rd largest license plate producer in the world. Hills Numberplates Ltd.
Friends and valued industry partners,
“The only constant is change” as the axiom goes, and so it is with the John R. Wald Company.
And with this change the constant will be the John R. Wald Company.
Since 1924 our industry partners within the correctional industries market as well as our global customers have trusted John R. Wald as the leader in license plate production technology and as a supplier of products for many different industry programs such as janitorial, furniture, metal and wood. Our customers have always known that Wald approaches everything we do with professionalism, honesty, integrity and the commitment to see any project through to its successful completion. Times have changed, technology has changed, people have changed, but our promise to our customers will never change.
After 93 years of Rodli family leadership at the helm of Wald, with Mike Rodli serving as president for the past 17 years, the company has decided to be wholly acquired by Hills Numberplates Ltd., headquartered in Birmingham, UK. With this acquisition, Wald will be part of what will become the 3rd largest provider of license plates and equipment in the world. Hills has operations in the UK, France, South America and, with the acquisition of Wald, North America.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Hills, Wald will maintain its name, brand, workforce and complete operations in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA, ensuring that the company continues to provide to its customers the highest quality license plate products, engineered systems and service for which the company has earned industry wide acclaim over its 93-year history. Management, engineering, manufacturing, customer service and support functions are based at Wald's Huntingdon site, which will serve as headquarters for the company's expanding operations in the Americas region.
Our promise to you, our customers, is that you can expect the same level of professionalism, honesty and integrity you’ve counted on from Wald.
Our commitment to delivering what we promise will never fade.
We Make it Work, Then, Now and Years From Now.
We are excited about the combination of such great industry forces and we are confident our customers will benefit from our expanded capabilities. Mike Rodli summed it up pretty well in saying, “It is a source of personal and professional pride to carry on, with Hills, the Wald tradition of serving the correctional industries, state governments and our society's interests at large as my father and grandfather have done before me.”
Mike will be retiring with the consummation of this acquisition, effective September 6, 2017, but will be acting as a consultant to Wald for the transition period. Please feel free to send Mike a message to MRodli@jrwald.com or to John R. Wald Company, 10576 Fairgrounds Rd., Huntingdon, PA 16652.