Our History

Western Pump is a gas station construction and maintenance company that has been serving fueling and transportation infrastructure facilities and exceeding customer expectations for over 70 years. 

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A Tradition for Over 70 Years

Western Pump was founded in 1948 by Walter Reed, Troy Reese, and Mac Daniels as a fueling service station maintenance company. In 1974, the company was sold to two owners of R. H. Alexander Co., a Los Angeles-based petroleum equipment distributor and service provider. At that time, the business was focused on fuel station equipment distribution and fuel tank testing. Herb Chapin managed the San Diego operation until 1978 when William Biery Sr. took over and assumed ownership. 

In 1988, Dennis and Jan Rethmeier acquired Western Pump and further developed the business to include construction, vehicle service equipment, and compliance testing. In 2013, Dennis and Jan retired, and their son, Ryan Rethmeier, became president.

Today, Western Pump is a full-service gas station construction and maintenance company for fueling and transportation infrastructure facilities. We are the only integrated construction, service, maintenance, compliance, and equipment distribution company in Southern California. Western Pump remains a family-owned-and-operated business, with strong traditional family values interwoven throughout the fabric of the company.

Western Pump History Milestones

WP History

2021
Aug 2021

August 2021 – Doehrman Company and DCI Direct Lift Acquired

August 2021 – Doehrman Company and DCI Direct Lift Acquired

Western Pump acquires Arizona based Doehrman Company expanding its footprint in the Southwest and its market share in the automotive equipment and service industry.

Feb 2021

February 2021 – Gilbarco Veeder-Root Partnership

February 2021 – Gilbarco Veeder-Root Partnership

Western Pump partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to be their authorized distributer of fueling and c-store equipment throughout Southern California.

2020
Nov 2020

November 2020 – Partnership with Rousseau Metals

ROUSSEAU Storage SOLUTIONS partnering with Western Pump

Establishing a new partnership with Rousseau, Western Pump now provides customized workstation and storage solutions and installation to its customers.

Jul 2020

July 2020 – Arizona Office Opening

Western Pump opens a new office in Phoenix, Arizona. Doing so, we become the only fully integrated company offering construction, service, compliance, and equipment distribution in the state.

Apr 2020

April 2020 – Western Pump Provides DCFC Services

Gilbarco EV Charging Stations in Parking Lot

Western Pump expands services to include DC Fast Charging Stations.

2019
Sep 2019

September 2019 – New Digital Presence Launched

Western Pump releases new customer and service focused website that is more secure, faster, and provides for a better user experience. It allows clients to readily find information and products, request support, and get quotes for solutions.

Jan 2019

2019 – Sycuan Market & Square Phase-I

Sycuan Market Square El Cajon Construction Project | Western Pump

Western Pump was selected to build a ground-up state-of-the-art Fueling Facility and C-Store for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

2016
Jan 2016

2016 – Completed San Diego International Airport CONRAC Facility

Western Pump | San Diego Airport Car Rental Prep Facility Construction Project

Western Pump was selected to construct the multi-level fueling and car wash systems for the massive, two-million square-foot CONRAC facility at the San Diego International Airport.

2013
Jan 2013

2013 – Dennis and Jan Rethmeier Retire

Twenty-five years after taking over ownership, Dennis and Jan Rethmeier retire.

2012
Jan 2012

2012 – Ryan Rethmeier becomes President

Ryan Rethmeier becomes Western Pump President.

2011
Jan 2011

2011 – Dennis Rethmeier becomes PEI President

PEI Logo

Dennis Rethmeier is appointed PEI President.

1993
Jan 1993

1993 – Second Generation joined

Western Pump | Leadership: Dennis, Jan, Ryan, Derek Rethmeier

The second generation joined the family business in 1993. Ryan and Derek Rethmeier joined the Western Pump team.

1988
Jan 1988

1988 – Sold to Dennis and Jan Rethmeier

Western Pump | Leadership: Dennis Rethmeier

In 1988, Dennis and Jan Rethmeier acquired Western Pump and began to further develop the business into a “3-legged Stool” (equipment sales, construction, and service).

1974
Jan 1974

1974 – Sold to R. H. Alexander Co.

In 1974, the company was sold to two owners of R. H. Alexander Co., a Los Angeles-based petroleum equipment distributor and service provider. At that time, the business was focused on equipment distribution and tank testing.

Jan 1974

1974 – 1978 – Herb Chapin managed San Diego operation

Herb Chapin managed the San Diego operation until 1978 when William Biery Sr. took over ownership.

1948
Jan 1948

1948 – Western Pump was founded

Western Pump was founded in 1948 by Walter Reed, Troy Reese, and Mac Daniels as a service station maintenance company.

Our People

Trained

Western Pump’s number one asset is our people. We hire, train, and retain the best managers and technicians in Southern California.  

Certified

We invest in our team. All Western Pump technicians are current in their factory training and receive ongoing manufacturer training and ICC certification.  

Permitted

Our technicians hold all relevant federal and state permits. We provide the highest-level experts for every job in order to deliver the highest-quality service while complying with all state and federal regulations.