How We Began:
Dan's idea was for a metal brace to replace one made from round wooden dowels which had to be heated with hot water or steam and bent by hand. His metal brace, he reasoned, could be manufactured and delivered ready for use; it would also be stronger and less expensive. The brace would be used on reed furniture manufactured by the Ypsilanti Fibre Furniture Company. Mr. Green had faith in Dan's talents and gave him an order for the steel braces along with a $5,000 check. At the time, Dan had neither a company nor equipment. His brother, Henry, agreed to help Dan, and a partnership was formed in Bryan, OH with Henry providing the space and equipment in the basement of The Ohio Art Company and with Dan handling the sales. This partnership was later dissolved in 1923 when the Winzeler Stamping Company moved to Montpelier, OH in the present location of its Custom Stamping Division.
Evolution of Stampings, 1920's through the 1990's
A third product line evolved in the 1930's - hose ferrules. The ferrule expertise that the company had developed drove the hose ferrule product line into the 1940's, and the hose ferrule customers pressed Winzeler Stamping Company to also develop stamped brass and steel hose couplings for garden hose and appliance hose. Again, this diversification enabled subsequent growth for the company to become a recognized industry leader in the supply of lawn and garden hose couplings and ferrules.
During the World War II years of the 1940's, the company moved into war-related products that fit the tooling and equipment. For example, millions of tent pole ferrules for "pup tents" were produced, as well as Zippo lighters, a staple of the soldier / smoker. Ferrules and couplings carried the company into the 1950's. Late in the decade, furniture leg ferrules (in brass, aluminum and steel) became the "fashion of the times" and Winzeler Stamping Company became the number one source for these products, selling millions of brass furniture ferrules to industry leaders including RCA, Philco, Motorola, G.E. and many furniture and dinette companies. During the 1970's with furniture ferrules representing a commanding percentage of the company's sales, the company founded or acquired four companies making metal products for the furniture industry. In the 1980's, the company turned its focus more toward higher quality stamping work and custom engineered stampings, primarily directed toward automotive and automotive "type" customer applications. This increased emphasis on technology and quality continued unabated into the 1990's and continues today as companies compete in a global marketplace for increased growth.