In 1952 William E. Kennedy, Jr (owner of Kennedy Tank in Indianapolis, IN) in an effort to more effectively service current and potential customers created Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation (STAFCO). STAFCO was primarily used to satisfy the increasing needs for the petroleum industry. Our main focus was underground tanks for gas stations. STAFCO now has the ability to manufacture tanks up to 42,000 gallons in both vertical and horizontal configurations.
In 1985 Carl Norris was hired as the General Manager and acting Vice President and General Manager of STAFCO. Through the years STAFCO has changed and expanded its product lines in an effort to satisfy the ever-growing regulatory demands and customer needs. As STAFCO grew and the demands exceeded the time Carl had available, the need for a person to handle production was evident. So in 1990, Carl hired Mike Reed as the Production and Engineering Manager.
Upon Carl’s retirement, Mike Reed assumed the role as Vice President in 2013 and oversaw the day to day operations of the company as well as the long range planning until his retirement in the fall of 2017. In 2016 Michael Pate made the transition from Kennedy Tank in Indianapolis to STAFCO as the Assistant General Manager.
As of October 23, 2017 Mike Reed made the transition into retirement passing the torch to Michael Pate as the new Vice President and General Manager.
Patrick W. Kennedy, the great grandson of founder Patrick Washington Kennedy became the fourth generation Kennedy owner and President of STAFCO as well as Kennedy Tank in Indianapolis, IN and Southern Tank in Owensboro, KY. The future continues to look bright for the Kennedy companies as Pat’s sons Bill, Jimmy and Patrick have become active in the day to day operations.
On April 12th, 2020, Patrick Kennedy passed away after a courageous battle with covid-19. Although our Kennedy Team is deeply saddened by this, we continue diligently working together to continue his team-first based legacy forward. Bill Kennedy was promoted from Vice President of Manufacturing to President of Kennedy Tank, Southern Tank, and STAFCO in May of 2020. Bill is the fifth-generation family member to lead the Kennedy companies. See our Press Release for more info.
STAFCO serves the petroleum, chemical, construction, agricultural, bio-fuel, and general industry customers. Let us put our commitment to Teamwork, Quality, Communication, Customer Satisfaction and Extensive Tank Manufacturing Experience to work for you.
In July of 2018 STAFCO had the honor of being inducted into the Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame. That’s quite an accomplishment for the team at Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation.