Master Brushmaker, Joseph E. Weiler, began manufacturing polishing brushes for the jewelry manufacturing industry in Pforzheim, Germany. His oldest son, Karl E. Weiler, also a Master Brushmaker, emigrated from Germany in 1927 and in 1944 began a manufacturing operation called Weiler Brush Company in a converted chicken coop on New York's Long Island.
From those humble beginnings, the business continued to grow, and in 1957 the Long Island operation was moved to Cresco, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. Karl E. Weiler’s son, Karl M. Weiler, began working at the company in 1961 and today serves as Weiler’s Chairman.
Yesterday Shapes Who We Are Today
Today, the tradition of excellence continues under the leadership of the fourth generation, Chris Weiler, President/CEO. Having grown from a power brush manufacturer to a global surface conditioning problem-solver, Weiler Abrasives’ mission is to partner with our customers and business partners to ensure their businesses stay productive and profitable. Our people, products and our strong desire to win deliver a competitive edge that creates growth.
1898: The Weiler tradition of brush making begins when Joseph E. Weiler began manufacturing brushes for the jewelry industry
1944: Karl E. Weiler, Joseph’s son, forms Weiler Brush Company and begins manufacturing brushes
1957: The business moves from Long Island to its current location in Cresco, PA
1971: Karl M. Weiler becomes president
1979: Weiler Brush Company introduces the 13131, the industry standard “Stringer Bead” brush
1987: Weiler Brush Company introduces composite construction nylon abrasive brushes
1988: Weiler launches TigerTM Abrasives and manufactures flap discs, becoming the first to manufacture coated abrasive flap discs in the US
1999: Weiler opens Weiler de Mexico, its first commercial subsidiary outside the US
2000: Weiler acquires long-term rival Anderson and becomes the power brush market share leader in the US
2008: Weiler introduces Burr – RxTM, first ceramic filament brush in North America
2012: Weiler acquires Rei Abrasives and expands its manufacturing capabilities into bonded abrasives
2014: Weiler breaks ground on 6th significant capacity expansion, including new global headquarters 2015: Weiler introduces Tiger X Flap discs with industry-first X3 technology
2015: Weiler expands its capability in abrasives and its footprint in Europe by acquiring SwatyComet, whose legacy dates back to 1879