MRO Magazine

Linear motion solutions provider celebrates 65th anniversary


October 14, 2015
By Bill Roebuck

Pittsburg, CA – Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), a WBENC-certified, woman-owned family of companies that offer guidance solutions, contract specialty manufacturing and mechatronic-based engineering services, celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.

As a company formed in 1950 to manufacture truck accessories, to a growing business today that provides linear and rotary motion product lines, BWG says its focus on motion, innovation and quality have remained constant.

BWG’s heritage comes from its founder, Bud Wisecarver, who has spent more than 80 years designing and innovating products that help industries work more efficiently. His patented products can be found in multiple industries, including bottlers, pharmaceuticals, textile plants and semiconductors.

Leveraging this innovation, BWG now houses one of the most expansive range of linear and rotary motion product lines that can withstand harsh environments with excessive debris and water, to clean room and low noise environments that require specialized equipment.


While Wisecarver is still inventing for the company, his daughter, Pamela Kan, took over BWG leadership as president in 2000. Kan grew up in, and around, BWG and has worked at the company since 1991. As president, Kan helped expand the company’s product offerings, led its first strategic acquisition and obtained WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) certification.

“Our 65th anniversary is truly a celebration of my dad’s vision and commitment to helping solve each customers’ unique problems – whether someone needs one item or thousands, or needs to configure and customize products to meet their specific needs,” said Kan.

“As we’ve grown and expanded, we can now promise customers we are providing the best solutions to meet their ever-changing needs and, if we don’t have the product, we can help them design it. From inception to completion, we have an arsenal of product offerings that can truly help customers wherever they are in the process.”

“As BWG has continued to grow and transform over the years, the company has remained steadfast in its mission to deliver real innovation, product quality and personalized customer service,” said Brian Burke, product manager at BWG and an employee since 2003. “As a long-time employee, I’ve always been proud of the top level products we provide, as well as the design and engineering services that help customers develop solutions better than they thought possible. Each problem we help solve means success for our customers and continues BWG’s long history of success.”

For a historic view of BWG’s 65 year anniversary, visit

These photos are from BWG’s recent Hawaiian-themed 65th anniversary celebration.

These photos are from BWG’s recent Hawaiian-themed 65th anniversary celebration.