The Will-Burt Company Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Will-Burt’s original shop opened by Burt Cope and his brother in 1894

January 31, 1918 was the day Burton W. Cope signed the incorporation documents creating The Will-Burt Company in Orrville, Ohio. A company founded on hard work, integrity, creative thinking and a relentless drive to succeed.

The Will-Burt Company’s history can be traced back to 1894 when the Cope brothers opened a general repair shop. Soon after they purchased a patent for drilling equipment then grew the business to the point where they took on partner William Tschantz. “Will” Tschantz and “Burt” Cope began doing business as The Will-Burt Company in 1916.

Will-Burt began performing contract manufacturing work shortly after incorporation in 1918 and continues to offer these services today with state-of-the-art metal fabrication capabilities and a world-class powder-coat line.

Richard Lewin, Will-Burt’s President and COO states, “We are pleased that we have been able to build upon the legacy of our founder, Burton Cope. By investing in the latest technology and employing the best people, we are able to deliver high quality and innovative products and services to our customers.”

Alongside contract manufacturing, Will-Burt has designed, manufactured and sold many different products over the years. Coal stokers and heaters were a mainstay from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. These were sold throughout the United States and Canada and many are still in use to this day. Versa-Vise, a flexible home workshop vise was a part of the product line from the early 1900’s until the 1990’s.

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