In 1946 when Highland Supply was established, America was experiencing a housing boom and oil was replacing coal as the fuel of choice for home heating. Not long after, we fabricated our first steel fuel storage tanks at our headquarters plant in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.
Initially, Highland Tank produced 275-gallon oval tanks for residential basements. Coincidental to the growth of the home heating oil market, our country experienced an explosive growth in automobile use and the need for fuel storage at service stations. As demand for motor fuel increased, our product line grew to include larger, underground models for gas station use. Soon tank building was a daily occurrence.
These early days of tank production shaped our company’s future. Our family owned and managed business formed a humble philosophy that continues to hold true: manufacture a solid product at a competitive price and deliver it on time.
Today, Highland Tank operates six state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. We are proud to offer the security of decades of full service by a sound company that has grown to become the nation’s premier steel tank manufacturer.
Over the years, our company has grown steadily and adapted to the social, economic and technological changes that have occurred in the United States. To accommodate our commercial and industrial customers, with careful and methodic planning we continue to expand our facilities. Using the same principle we apply to our business contracts, we face head-on any challenges that arise.
In 1960, a long strike by steelworkers resulted in a steel shortage and created great demand for our products. Demand peaked again in 1973 with the foreign oil embargo, and in 1979 when a natural gas shortage caused people to once again turn to heating oil. The federal regulations for underground storage tanks led to strong tank sales in the 1990’s that continue to this day.
We considered moments like these in our history to be opportunities for expansion, beyond our normal sales growth. Our product line began to diversify when companies sought oil/water separators to meet more stringent environmental regulations to prevent groundwater contamination. Our newest additions to the most extensive family of products in the tank industry are grease interceptors for the food service industry.
We’re proud of our dedication and diligence in this business, and of our commitment to our customers and our employees. Manufacturing high-quality steel storage tank products is what we know and what we do very well. That’s why Highland Tank leads the industry with innovative design, quality materials, superior craftsmanship, and excellent customer service.