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Louis Van Doren, Sr. (1907 – 1975)

Van Doren History

Van Doren Sales, Inc. was founded in 1946 and was known at that time as the Van Doren Machine Shop. The company’s founder, Louis Van Doren, Sr. (1907 – 1975), worked diligently during this period to build the reputation of the company and was committed to the following premise that has since become our motto, “Quality Pays”.

Originally located at the north end of Wenatchee, our company found itself fortuitously located across the alley from Skookum, Inc., at the time one of the area’s most successful fruit packing facilities. Due to our close proximity to Skookum a relationship developed in which we began to repair and produce equipment for the fruit packing industry.

Original Van Doren Shop

In the years between 1946 and 1954 the Van Doren Machine Shop oriented itself toward the production of, and service to, fruit packing and box conveying equipment. In 1954 our name was changed to Van Doren Equipment and Van Doren Sales, Inc. Within a few years the business structure was changed to a single corporation and the Equipment Company was discontinued.

In 1960 we moved from our original location at 900 North Wenatchee Avenue to a new production facility at 2001 North Wenatchee Avenue. In 1996 we moved into our current location which is fifty percent larger than the previous facility. We are now located at 10 N.E. Cascade Avenue in the Baker Flats Industrial Development Area.

Overhead Conveyor By Van Doren 1950

The second generation of family ownership, Louis “Van” Van Doren Jr., Carl Van Doren, and Lynn Pittsinger entered the business in the early 1960’s. This tradition of family ownership entered its third generation in 1993 as Bret Pittsinger and Brian Green began their tenures with Van Doren Sales.

Today, Bret Pittsinger serves as acting President and is the sole active family member in the business.

It is the aim of Van Doren Sales to produce a superior product and provide excellent customer service. Achieving these goals has made Van Doren Sales, Inc. a quality business throughout. We take great pride in providing high-quality machinery and outstanding service to our customers. The company’s goals can only be achieved with the assistance of quality employees. Our employees are the reason we have ascended to the top of our industry and only our employees can keep us in this leadership position.


Van Doren Sales, Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that spans three generations and has provided seventy years of innovation and service to the fruit packing industry of the Pacific Northwest.


Together with our employees, we work to create a strong community inside and out of our facilities.

East Wenatchee

10 N.E. Cascade East Wenatchee, WA 98802 Toll Free (866) 886-1837 Fax (509) 886-2837


1211 W. Alder St. Ste. 100 Union Gap, WA 98903 Telephone (509) 469-9006 Fax (509) 453-9814

BC, Canada

101 Beaver Lake Road Kelowna, BC V4V 2S5 Phone (778) 480-6880 Fax (778) 480-6886