In 1937 William E. Kennedy, Sr. from Indianapolis, Indiana opened Southern Tank & Manufacturing Company, Inc. in Owensboro, Kentucky. Mr. Kennedy had learned the skill of welding while working for his father in the family business, Kennedy Tank & Mfg. Co., Inc. which was started in 1898 and is still in business today.

The young Mr. Kennedy was eager to branch out on his own and make a name for himself and Southern Tank quickly carved out a niche building small tanks 300 to 2000 gallons in size meeting the needs of farmers in the surrounding rural communities it served. Through the years Southern Tank would expand its product lines to satisfy ever-growing regulatory demands and customer needs.

In 1978, Patrick William Kennedy joined the family owned business and in 1993 became the 4th generation Kennedy family member to lead the company, which he did until his untimely passing from a COVID related illness in 2020. Today our company president is Bill Kennedy, Pat’s son, who also serves as president of Kennedy Tank in Indianapolis, IN and Steel Tank & Fabricating Corporation (STAFCO) in Columbia City, IN – both Kennedy owned companies like Southern Tank.

Our customer base includes chemical facilities, government agencies, bulk petroleum plants, fleet fueling sites, lube oil blending and storage facilities, maintenance garages, farming operations, bio-diesel and ethanol plants, and many others. Additionally, we’ve expanded from being a “regional” company to a manufacturer with customers all over the world. We’ve shipped our products to companies in Canada, Puerto Rico, China, the Grand Caymans, Brazil, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and of course, all across the United States.

Let us put our commitment to Teamwork, Quality, and Customer Satisfaction to work for you… providing steel tank solutions for a cleaner tomorrow!

The KENNEDY Companies:

Southern Tank Southern Tank P O Box 2066
1501 Haynes Ave. Owensboro, KY 42302
877-976-3113 |
Kennedy Tank Kennedy Tank P O Box 47070
833 East Sumner Ave Indianapolis, IN 46227
877-545-0786 |
365 St James Street Columbia City, IN 46725
877-681-5630 |