Sowles Co. is a family run business with a history of steel erection going back three generations. In 1933, Ed Waylander left the family farm in Grove City, Minnesota and moved to Minneapolis. He started the Waylander-Peterson Steel Erection Company. His business enjoyed many successful years where they would travel the country to erect bridges, buildings and power plants.
During World War II, Larry Sowles served as a Corsair F4-U pilot on the Pacific Front. After the war, he came home to his new bride, Coralis Waylander and to the family business. During this time, Larry gained valuable experience working for Ed and the Waylander-Peterson Steel Erection Company. After Waylander-Peterson Steel Erection Company had dissolved, Larry’s vision of owning his own company, became a reality. L.H. Sowles Co. was founded in 1961.