WhoWhat Is the Benson Mountain Company?


| May/June 1995



110 HP half size boiler

Pres. 1555 Wallum Lake Road Pascoag, Rhode Island 02859-1818

The Benson Mountain Company is now in its fourth year of business. It was started for the sole purpose of enabling the novice and seasoned hobbyist an affordable company to provide new ASME code boilers as well as certified welding repairs to their boilers.

Peter Bouley, owner, and his crew left a very large power plant construction and maintenance corporation to start this company dedicated to the locomotive, traction, marine, automotive and stationary engine people everywhere.

I saw a growing need to provide service to what appears to be a growing forgotten group of hobbyists and dreamers. Often in my management position with the large corporation I'd been asked by hobbyists and museums to provide service. Whenever possible I gave the service, but, with growing resistance from upper management, a change had to happen!

I walked away from a secure position, where I was responsible for multi-million dollar jobs and up to 10 workers from various trades working in commercial, industrial, and power plants throughout the eastern United States. I started the Benson Mountain Company, taking the name from where I lived Benson Mountain located where the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut join. I knew that before I could help the hobbyist I had to reach them and demonstrate our expertise. We are also represented in the mid western United States by Mr. Jim Huffaker, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, who is well known in that area.

In order to stay solvent in the meantime, we continued to service our newly acquired commercial/industrial accounts. The second year brought the issuance of ASME code stamps, a new shop, a few boilers for hobbyists and visitations to many shows.