We Are Gremada

Gremada Industries is a successful and growing business owned by the Gregory F. Butler family. It began in the early 1950s when Francis Butler saw opportunity in worn parts. His vision took root in 1955 after investing in welding and machining capabilities to repair Caterpillar components. Operating as part of Butler Machinery for several years, Gremada Industries was officially incorporated in 1962 and was so named after Francis' three sons - Gregory, Matthew, and David.

Our Vision

We will be a profitable company focused on:



Customer Service

Our Mission

Utilize a common process and technology platform across multiple businesses

Drive employee development and business management practices at all locations

Invest in businesses that generate investment returns in excess of minimum corporate thresholds

Our Strategy

To increase shareholder value from diversified, profitable, and well managed businesses

Quality & Customer Service

We strive to ensure that our customers, suppliers, and other business partners are delighted with their interactions of our team members

This relentless pursuit of quality and customer service is grounded in the following fundamental principles and business practices

Operating Reviews

Our executive team performs an in-depth review of each operating company on a quarterly basis

These reviews cover past, projected, and strategic quality measures

ISO Certification

We value the ISO disciplines, and promote every operating company certification where applicable


Steve Walker | President/CEO

Prior to joining Gremada Industries, Steve Walker held a broad variety of leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility in Operations, Industrial Engineering, and Operation Excellence over a 27+ year career with UPS. While at UPS, Steve Walker also championed efforts in safety, women's leadership development, and the United Way. Steve Walker holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior and Management from the University of Sioux Falls and an MBA with a focus in Quantitative Management from the University of South Dakota. Steve is involved in the community through the United Way and coaching youth football.

Kim Glidden | CFO

Kimberly has a 24+ year career in finance and operations, which includes time spent in the defense, recreation, hospitality, construction, and pharmaceutical industries. Her areas of expertise include cost management, systems implementation, and process improvement. Kim holds a bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the University of North Dakota, an MBA in Strategic Management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctor from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

John Triplett | GM - Whelan Machine & Tool

John began his manufacturing career in the late 1970's as an apprentice and journeyman machinist in the Louisville area. After 8 years in private machining operations, John joined the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville as a machinist and, then, a Quality Inspector. John went through the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure and “privatization in place” process with the Naval Ordnance and ultimately ended up with BAE for two additional years. After 4 years of establishing and running an R & D machining department for Optical Dynamics, John chose to retire. In 2005, John came to Whelan Machine & Tool and has served as a Quality Inspector, Inspection Manager, Operations Manager and Outside Sales Manager.