About Our Founders
Frank and Robert Wagner – our founders
Frank Wagner and his son Robert established Frank Wagner & Son in 1947. The first Wagner location was a modest building located at 605 South Palm Avenue in Alhambra, California a suburb of Los Angeles.
Frank's experience in the packaging business was far-ranging. A well-known innovator, he designed and made highly-specialized cutting punches, he also designed the Eureka Bendall – to this day used by many in the steel rule die industry. Frank also designed the system used to grind steel cutting rule, and he developed the punch numbering system, still used throughout the industry today.
This knowledge and experience made the Wagner name synonymous with die industry innovation.
Robert joined the company after serving in World War II, and after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Engineering. Robert supervised all cutting punch manufacturing for Wagner throughout his career. Frank Wagner & Son quickly grew into an industry leader, providing cutting edge service and technology to America's growing die cutting industry.
The original Wagner building, a corrugated steel building located on West Palm Avenue, in Alhambra, CA.
FW&Son ad, circa 1950, highlighting Wagner punch performance and an industry-first “RUSH” service on punches and other tooling.