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New Tri Tool CEO Ensures Growth, Innovation and Technology

January 19, 2016
By Business Wire News


Tri Tool announced today, that Dr. George J. Wernette, President and Jerri Wernette, Executive Vice President will be turning over the day-to-day operations of their company to their son George J. (Joe) Wernette III as Chief Executive Officer. “Joe has been groomed for this job since he was 8 years old.He’s had just about every job imaginable here, and has been shadowing both myself and George for the last couple of years,” said Jerri Wernette, after announcing she would be stepping down from her role at Tri Tool.

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Tri Tool Inc. is excited to announce George J. (Joe) Wernette III as new CEO. (Photo: Business Wire)

Tri Tool Inc. is excited to announce George J. (Joe) Wernette III as new CEO. (Photo: Business Wire)

With nearly thirty years of experience at Tri Tool, Joe has acquired extensive experience with many different aspects of the company including establishing ground-breaking implementation of mass production of precision tool bits, taking a lead role in the development of next-generation orbital welding equipment, and most recently his work on corporate restructuring and his plan to usher in an unprecedented level of advanced product development. Joe has been actively engaged in promoting the company and working with both customers and the industry. He has represented Tri Tool at trade shows, award ceremonies, equipment demonstrations and customer weld program development.

As one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Northern California, Tri Tool also has rental and field construction service offices in Houston, Atlanta and Columbus. As a privately-held company who works across many industries, including Oil & Gas, Pipeline, LNG, Power, Green Energy, Semi-Con, Food & Beverage, Aerospace, Government and many more, Tri Tool has built a solid reputation of building exceptional machining and welding equipment that meet the needs of customers worldwide.

This year, Tri Tool was honored by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) as their Manufacturing Champion. Those recognized are companies who exemplify the high principles of economic growth, innovation, entrepreneurship, and a commitment to their employees.

“We are a technical solutions provider. We do the hard jobs, the impossible jobs, not because it is easy, but because we are great at it,” said Joe Wernette publicly after the announcement. Joe went on to say, “a leader is someone who is humble and surrounds themselves with the brightest and most capable people, while encouraging unity and perfection.”

Joe looks forward to his tenure as CEO as an opportunity to grow the company with safe, technically advanced product innovation while maintaining the highest standards of engineering and manufacturing quality.

About Tri Tool

Tri Tool Incorporated is a privately held, global leader in the manufacture of portable precision equipment specifically designed for pipe beveling, flange facing, in-line cutting, multi-process welding, high performance pipeline machinery, and a wide range of internal line-up clamps. In addition, Tri Tool offers on-site machining and code welding services, special engineering and custom machine design and equipment rental. Customers come to Tri Tool because they are a trusted OEM manufacturer and solution provider. For more information on how Tri Tool is Building Performance, visit

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