OUR HISTORY

Karl Senner, LLC is a family business established by Karl H. Senner in 1972. The company is now owned and operated by his son, Ralph Senner, and grandsons, Karl and Christopher Senner.

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Karl H. Senner, founder of Karl Senner, LLC

In 1967, Karl sold the first Reintjes gearbox in North America to the inland operator LeBeouf Towing of Houma, LA. He quickly made a good name for himself by selling reliable products and providing dependable support to his customers. By 1972, he secured the exclusive Reintjes sales and service distributorship for all of North America. Over the years, the company was able to grow and gain a large portion of the US commercial marine market through the companies’ dedication to its customers and to the products it represents. To date, Karl Senner, LLC has sold approximately 4,000 Reintjes Gearboxes.

As markets adapted to advances in technology, Karl Senner, LLC saw a growing demand for azimuth thrusters across several marine market segments. In 1999, the company was approached by an azimuth manufacturer that shares a very similar design philosophy to that of Reintjes, and shortly thereafter, Karl Senner, LLC became the exclusive sales and service representative for Steerprop in United States, Mexico, and Bahamas.

Karl Senner, LLC has been selected to supply Steerprop thrusters onboard over 130 vessel to date; 120 of these vessels were diesel-electric PSVs where Karl Senner, LLC worked side-by-side to EPD (Electronic Power Design) Electrical Systems. This collaborative partnership poised Karl Senner, LLC to become the North American marine representative for EPD in 2015.

Today, Ralph and his two sons, Karl and Christopher, continue to operate under Mr. Karl H. Senner’s philosophy, remaining dedicated to the product, customer support, parts availability, and in-house service/safety training. Karl Senner, LLC has since established a strong presence throughout Inland Waterways, Offshore Markets, ATBs, Ferries, Harbor/Ship Assist vessels, Fishing vessels, Dredges, Pleasure Craft, Government applications, among other markets.

Family is everything at Karl Senner, LLC. The company looks for long-term partnerships with its employees and customers for many years to come; forward thinking yet rooted in tradition

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Karl Senner, LLC main headquarters Kenner, LA