Ketek grew organically, and through a series of acquisitions. In the early 1980s, Ketek’s supplier of incinerators failed. Ketek’s partners bought the assets and, in 1984, incorporated Westland Incinerator Company to provide new equipment and parts for the company’s growing fleet.
Westland grew into an international supplier of incineration equipment and absorbed its main competitor, Howell Refractories, in 1992.
Also in 1992, the shareholders of Ketek bought a dewatering company, Groundwater Control Systems, which provided groundwater management services for municipal and industrial construction. This purchase allowed for the optimization of Ketek’s staff as the rental business was busy in the winter months and the construction industry was busy dealing with water issues in the summer months.