W&O was established by Bill Weedon (the 'W') and Percy Oberman (the 'O') as an engineering firm in the early 1970s. In 1975, Herbert E. Goelz purchased the company, retained the name and began supplying ships and shipyards in Jacksonville, Florida, with piping products. Since then, W&O has expanded its products and territories and is now one of the world’s largest suppliers of pipe, valves, fittings, engineered products and automation to the marine and upstream oil and gas industries.
Unlike other companies, W&O focuses solely on the maritime industry with products and services that go far beyond the expected. We represent the most recognizable brands in the industry and offer more products at more locations than any other marine products distributor in the US, which is why we have been the go-to solutions provider in the maritime industry for 40 years. No one knows the business better, and no one puts more time, energy and resources into serving our customers specific and unique requirements. We serve all segments, including commercial shipping, the U.S. Navy, Military Sealift Command, MARAD, U.S. Coast Guard, cruise lines, barge owners, upstream oil and natural-gas rigs, and shipyards that build and repair vessels of all sizes.
W&O understands the unique needs of ship building as well as the repair and retro-fitting industry for all types of maritime vessels which is why we keep over $50 million dollars of standing inventory. Our global footprint allows us to service your needs from anywhere in the world and provide exceptional customer service. We provide convenient access to complete valve-automation networked systems that are assembled, tested, delivered and ready to install in ships or upstream oil and gas platforms being built or repaired.
W&O is a wholly owned subsidiary of PON Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands. As a part of PON Holdings' group, PVI, W&O and its sister companies throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia focus on serving the global maritime industry and its needs for piping-related products, marine engines and power-system solutions.