H.G. Weber & Co., Inc. was founded in 1925 by Herman Gustave Weber, an experienced
design engineer who immigrated to the United States from Hanover, Germany in 1899. Mr.
Weber was knowledgeable of the needs of the packaging and printing industry, and his goal
was to build a better bag making machine. He wanted it to be simply designed, easy to
operate and maintain, and built to last. He knew the result would be more productive and
Mr. Webers first aim was to establish a staff of
engineers who could assist him in implementing ideas for successful paper converting
machinery. The company pioneered the development of variable size S.O.S. (block bottom)
paper bag machinery of the type that produces multi-ply specialty, grocery and multiwall
container bags. His experience and reputation in the paper converting field helped the
company's early sales to grow.
With the country's economic recovery from the Depression
of the 1930s, Mr. Weber saw opportunity for further growth and expansion. In 1936 the
company moved its headquarters and production operation from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin,
to Kiel, a small community about 20 miles northwest. The company took advantage of its
larger facility to manufacture its own machine parts, something that was previously done
by local machine shops. Growth continued through the post-war industrial boom and expanded
internationally to over two dozen countries by the 1960s.
The companys new-product developments and ability
to adapt to the changing needs of its customers have contributed to its continued success.
While maintaining the basic designs and principles of its founder, new product technology
has extended into such areas as heat seal S.O.S. machines and packaging equipment for the
fast food industry. The company's acquisition of its largest domestic competitor, the
Potdevin Machine Co. of New Jersey, as well as Olm Co., a small file folder machine
manufacturing company from Minnesota, has added to this product diversification.
The Weber product line includes fixed and
variable size S.O.S. bag machines, in-line flexographic printers, laminators, die cutters and
patchers, file folder machines, wire tie applicators, vertical conveyors
and roll up-enders. The company boasts an impressive worldwide customer
list and sees continuing growth in both domestic and international
Weber Co. has been the
recipient of a number of awards. In 1969 it
received the President's World Trade "E" Award for international
exporting excellence. Following this award have been numerous
Governor's New Product Awards and Wisconsin Manufacturer of the
Year honors, as well as being named Local Industry of the Year.
The companys long range goals have not changed from
those Herman Weber established over 80 years ago: build more productive and cost effective
equipment while maintaining a reputation for product excellence and customer satisfaction.