Fire Apparatus Manufacturers' Association



Chippewa Falls Wisconsin – September 17, 2015

W.S. Darley & Co. is proud to announce the promotion of Wayne Hable from Senior Product Engineer to Chief Engineer of the Pump Division in Chippewa Falls, Wis., effective immediately.

“Wayne is a great asset to Darley and our customers and is well deserving of this promotion,” said Chief Operating Officer Jeff Darley. “His attention to detail shows through in his designs and his ability to solve any issues that are presented to him.”

Hable, a native of Bloomer, Wis. graduated from Bloomer High School in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He started at Darley in Chippewa Falls on Nov. 5, 2001, as a Design Engineer at the company’s Walnut Street plant on the city’s South Side.

Hable earned a Master’s of Science in Engineering from UW-Madison in 2006, graduating second out of a class of 154. A registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, he was promoted by Darley to Senior Product Engineer in 2012.

Within the engineering department at Darley, Hable is fully versed in the aspects of machine design and troubleshooting of firefighting products. He has traveled throughout the world on behalf of the company to train and teach pump operations and repair to Darley end-users.

Hable has worked with a range of Darley’s customers, from its top OEMs to the smallest of companies. He has offered professional advice to fire departments ranging from New York City to the local Chippewa Falls Fire Department.

“In the time I have been here, Darley has grown tremendously,” said Hable. “Today, the biggest change is computer modeling of flow and stress analysis. When I first got into this business, it wasn’t here. The computer is helping us design better products. It is just incredible.”

Wayne and his wife, Julie, will celebrate 12 years of marriage Oct. 4. The couple resides in Chippewa Falls with their two children, Aiden, 9, and Claire, 6, and a springer spaniel named Jingle. In his spare time, Wayne likes to hunt, fish, attend Cub Scout functions with his son, and otherwise enjoy time relaxing with his family.



Dawn Hjelmgren

Executive Assistant

WS Darley & Company

325 Spring Lake Drive

Itasca, IL 60143

(630) 735-3558