WE ARE TAPCO

Safe travels start with traffic safety solutions

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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

Since 1956, TAPCO has provided standard and custom traffic safety and parking solutions to every level of government, as well as private businesses. As a third-generation, family-owned company, TAPCO proudly serves communities across the United States, Canada and beyond to provide safe travels to millions.

TAPCO is headquartered in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, with two additional locations in the Midwest and dedicated members of the TAPCO team located in every U.S region.


OUR MISSION

The TAPCO family is driven to save lives by going the extra mile, enhancing transportation and personal safety in our communities through innovation solutions and quality products.

This includes cutting-edge technologies like Intelligent Warning Systems (IWS), a connected vehicle interface, BlinkLink® traffic device-monitoring software and much more.


OUR TEAM

Composed of over 300 experts and innovators, the TAPCO team is the lifeblood of the organization, continuing to grow and evolve alongside the transportation industry.

TAPCO was even named a 2021 Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel based solely on employee feedback.

1956

was the year TAPCO was established, as well as the year the U.S. Interstate Highway System was born

3

locations:

1) headquarters in Brown Deer, WI

2) innovation center in Milwaukee, WI

3) third location in White Bear Lake, MN

8

times TAPCO has been named one of Inc.’s 5000 fastest growing companies in America

18,000+

traffic safety and parking control products offered

310

employees (and counting)

3

generations of family ownership

“If you can help someone while making a buck, that is about as good as it gets.”

– Ray Bergholz, TAPCO founder

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HISTORY OF INNOVATION

1956

Ray Bergholz, a World War II veteran and Wisconsin native, starts Parking Equipment and Maintenance Company in his basement, changing the name to TAPCO two years later.

1965

TAPCO begins creating and manufacturing traffic signs, electric traffic signals and parking management equipment.

Late 1980s

TAPCO starts exploring the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) market, forming a think tank with signal technology pioneers.

2009

TAPCO launches TAPCOnet.com, a robust ecommerce site.

2012-2017

TAPCO wins multiple awards for its LED-enhanced warning systems and is named one of the fastest growing private companies for the eighth time.

2021

TAPCO continues to innovate with new products and patents and is now celebrating 65 years of dedication to safe travels.

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MEET TAPCO'S LEADERS

 

"I love being in the transportation industry. It’s growing and constantly evolving.  Connected and smart technologies will continue to be a catalyst for the continued development of safer, more efficient and more intelligent technologies."

Andy Bergholz, Co-Owner

Jason Kugel, Co-Owner

 

"I believe in building trusted teams with expertise, giving them the authority and autonomy to succeed and getting out of their way."

Eric Stangel, Managing Director

 

"I am extremely excited about how our industry is integrating improved technologies aimed at smarter and safer travels. We are seeing a rapid expansion of new technologies in a way that we haven’t seen before."

Robert Prosser, VP of Sales & Marketing

 

"I like that the people we provide products and services to on a daily basis are civil servants — people working for the greater good and, more specifically, the safety of the traveling public."

Lindsay Harvey, Service Solutions Director

 

"I love that traffic safety challenges and solutions are as diverse as the world we live in."

Tom Manz, Director of Operations

 

"I like to match our team members up with opportunities that align with their career interests and passions.  When people enjoy the work they do, it’s a win-win situation for our team members and TAPCO."

Jason Anderson, IT Director

 

"It sounds cliché, but my passion is helping people. Working for a company with an entrepreneurial spirit and a public safety mission gives me opportunities to help others and contribute to the greater good on a daily basis."

Patrick Callahan, Corporate Counsel

 

"TAPCO has allowed me to bring to life ideas that really do save lives. The reward of knowing you can save a life and keep saving lives is priceless."

Brian Scharles, Sr., Director of ITS Engineering & Service

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TAPCO CARES

TAPCO plans and participates in many initiatives aimed at building a better, safer world for all.

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