The October 12, 1922 edition of American Machinist reports the incorporation of Wilde Drop Forge & Tool Co. The publication reports the company will "manufacture, buy and sell tools, machinery of various kinds, and act as manufactures' agents and brokers." Principals are reported to include:
- Mary Wilde
- Goldie Wilde
- Paul Froeschl
The Kansas Citian of January 3, 1922 reports that the Wilde Drop Forge & Tool Co. is located at 2936-40 Fairmount Ave. in Kansas City. The publication also reports that the company is a manufacture of pliers, tools and drop forgings. This suggests the company had been operating before their incorporation in late 1922 although this is the only evidence discovered thus far of activity prior to incorporation.
A 1928 edition of Engineers snippet identies Henry J. Wilde as President and O. P. Froeschl as Vice President of Wilde Tool & Forge Co.
On 12/27/1928, Otto P. Froeschl filed a patent for Pliers. Mr. Froeschl was also the assignee.
A patent for an "Oil pan assembling means" was filed by Mr. Charles W. Bailey and assigned to Paul & Otto Froeschl on 5/22/1930.
The 1939 edition of A Catholic Who's Who lists Paul Anthony Froeschl as Secretary and Treasurer of Wilde Tool & Forge Co.
On 4/17/1939, Paul and Otto Froeschl filed a patent for a Ratchet Mechanism Design. They were also listed as the assignees.
By 1968, local newspapers are reporting Mr. Froeschl (referred to as "GM of Wilde Tool") is meeting with Japanese representatives of the Fuller Tool Corp.
Here is a link to the Wilde Tool Company Timeline
From the Wilde Tool Company Website:
In 1922, Wilde Tool was purchased by brothers Paul & Otto Froeschl. Wilde Tool was located in Kansas City until 1955. In 1955 they moved the operations from Kansas City to Hiawatha, KS. The second generations started running day to day operations when the company started production in Hiawatha. Until the 1980's the operations were ran by Paul Froeschl's two sons Paul Jr. and Phil. Throughout the 1980's the third generation came into the management fold at Wilde. Today, Wilde is a privately held corporation managed by the 3rd and 4th generations of the founders.
Wilde Tool is the MANUFACTURER OF THE ORIGINAL ANGLE NOSE PLIER – introduced over 85 years ago. WILDE®'s 6N and 8N were the original angle nose pliers. They were designed with a 32° angle that created greater leverage. The original Wilde Wrench was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,800,447. Our original trademark was THE PLIERSMITHS™.
Our current registered trademarks are WILDE®, WITCO®, and our exclusively manufactured PIPE WRENCH PLIER®. Wilde's primary business is private labeling for several national and international tool companies, mass merchandisers, and OEM's. WILDE® brand is full polished with red grips. We also developed our WITCO® line of pliers in 1970. These are the same precision pliers, with polishing operations eliminated, to make the line more attractive in price without sacrificing quality. Comfortable textured fluorescent orange grips are standard on all WITCO® pliers. In 2011 Wilde began to use the WILDE® brand on all of their types of tools and stopped using the WITCO® brand.
Wilde Tool Co. (Hiawatha, KS)
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- Sears - Craftsman
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