By Bob Miller, NTEA Director of Outreach
This article was published in the June 2018 edition of NTEA News.
NTEA recently visited Seneca Tank, a Distributor member in Des Moines, Iowa. The company, which is family-owned and -operated, has been in the petroleum tank and transport business for more than 40 years. Steve Risewick is the owner and CEO, and his son, S.J., serves as president.
Steve worked at a local car dealership before obtaining a dealer’s license, which he used to start his own used car business. The oil crisis in the early 1970s put an end to that venture, so he went to work with his brother Chris, who owned an oil equipment business building and renovating auto service stations. Before long, Steve talked Chris into starting a new division for the transportation side of the industry, and Seneca Tank began in 1973.
Seneca Tank in Des Moines, Iowa.
Steve started buying, restoring and selling used gas trailers and tankers. Within a few years, Seneca was building new gas tank trailers and truck-mounted tank trucks. Over time, the company added aftermarket parts and service departments. By the late 1980s, it had evolved from selling replacement parts to selling industrial systems and components for tank transport unloading equipment, pneumatic blowers, stainless food grade and chemical pumps, and related equipment.
In 1995, a new division, Factory Direct PTOs & Hydraulics, was started to provide PTOs and fluid power components to OEMs and truck equipment distributors. Today, mobile fluid power is a key part of the company, which supplies PTOs, pumps, control valves and other hydraulic components to body upfitters for applications ranging from crane trucks to refuse haulers.
As a body builder, a significant portion of Seneca’s business is refined fuel and bulk lubricant tank trucks and lube vans. It has the unique ability to offer customers more than just a tank, truck or system — it provides complete integrated systems. This approach ensures optimum body life and truck and system performance while delivering a lower total cost of ownership.
Seneca has two locations in Des Moines, with three buildings on a total of 14.5 acres. The latest expansion was a 42,000-square foot facility in 2016. The company also has sales locations in Missouri and Wisconsin.
The “Seneca Tank Difference” is providing attention to detail that will satisfy the most demanding owner-operator. The business offers superior service with a stable, long-term, highly skilled group of 85 employees dedicated to serving customers. The average employee has been with Seneca for 10 years, and 15 staff members have more than 20 years of service.
For more information, visit senecatank.com, call 515-262-5900 or stop by 5585 NE 16th Street in Des Moines.