Mr. Herb Goelz, Founder W&O Supply

We’ve been doing this for over 30 years.


A strategy of Mr. Goelz’s was to to buy available and valuable surplus marine and Navy valves and fittings. This unused surplus material was maintained in Jacksonville, FL by warehouse manager Mike Hawkins, nicknamed Hawk, the first employee. In the early days of the affair with surplus commodities, when someone needed a valve or fitting, they would say. “check with Hawk.”

Furthering and building upon their father’s ambition, the Goelz Brothers decided to make the surplus enterprise its own standalone entity in 1996 and Hawk Valve, Inc was born.

Hawk has the largest inventory in the world for specialty marine piping products for US ships and the Navy. Despite our humble surplus beginnings, we now also source factory new material from all over the world. And, if we don’t have it, we will find it or manufacture it ourselves. Hawk’s niche strategy of committing to inventory and its responsibility to customer service is truly what sets us apart and above all competition.