Posted March 12, 2019
Photo: DSC Dredge
William J. “Bill” Wetta, Senior Vice President of Product Development & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of DSC Dredge, LLC was awarded the Barry K. Wendt Commitment Award during National Stone Sand and Gravel Association’s annual convention in Indianapolis, Indiana held February 10 – 13, 2019.
Deemed The aggregates industry's highest, most distinguished individual award, NSSGA established the Wendt award more than two decades ago to recognize individuals who exhibit the dedication and commitment to the industry that Barry Wendt did. The Barry K. Wendt Commitment Award is the highest and most distinguished individual award the association presents.
“I understand what it means to be on this list,” Wetta says. “This is the only job and only industry I’ve worked at. I’ve been doing this almost 40 years.” Wetta had the honor of presenting the Barry K. Wendt Commitment award to Tony Basolo with Dolese Bros. in 2012. Furthermore, he works with or knows ten previous recipients.
In his leadership role at DSC Dredge, Bill Wetta serves as project manager of all company engineering and construction. A registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Wetta designs hydraulic systems, details dredge production, project requirements, as well as power transmission design and construction. He provides structural engineering of barge and dredge design for DSC’s Engineering Department.
Wetta serves on the Executive and Membership Board for National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Manufacturers and Services Division. His memberships include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Louisiana Engineering Society, Society of Automotive Engineers and Western Dredging Association (WEDA). Wetta is also actively involved in many civic and charitable organizations including the Bayou Steel/Evonik Reserve Community Advisory Panel (BE CAP).
During his acceptance speech, Bill stated, “I never had the opportunity to meet Barry, but I had the honor of presenting this award to Tony Basolo in 2012 and had researched Barry’s impact on this industry and everyone around him. I would like to thank my family, my DSC friends and coworkers, NSSGA and the aggregates industry as a whole, for encouraging and accepting me and for providing all the opportunities I have received.”
Bob Wetta, President and CEO of DSC Dredge and brother of Bill Wetta, said, “DSC’s founder and our father, Tommy, would be so proud to see Bill receive this prestigious award. I know firsthand the high level of commitment to our company and the industry that Bill has dedicated himself to with all his energy and heart. I am proud to be on his team, both professionally and personally. Great job Bill, congratulations. On behalf of your fellow DSC team, we are as thrilled as you are humbled.”