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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 16:54

Dynabrade, Inc., Founder Passes

Walter N. Welsch, founder of Clarence, NY-based power tool manufacturer Dynabrade, Inc., died May 16. He was 96.

Born in St. Paul, MN, one of nine children, he graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. In 1951, he joined the Minnesota-based abrasive manufacturer 3M, where he was a sales representative based in Tonawanda, NY. While calling on jukebox manufacturer Wurlitzer, he developed an idea for replacing tedious hand filing with a power-actuated abrasive belt filing machine, the now infamous Dynafile, an industry leading material removal tool.

 

He founded Dynabrade in 1969, and led the company from its North Tonawanda, NY, location on Payne Ave. to its current 150,000-square foot global headquarters in Clarence.

 

In addition to its headquarters, Dynabrade has sales and warehousing facilities in Europe and India. Dynabrade employs nearly 300 people worldwide and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Last year, the company’s management dedicated its training center in honor of Welsch.

 

“Wally leaves behind a great company, but even more so, a legacy of optimism, ethical behavior and true American entrepreneurial spirit that will serve as his greatest accomplishments,” said company President and CEO Hardy Hamann. “For all his achievements, as an inventor, entrepreneur and business leader, we will remember Wally most for his strong and caring personality, his great sense of humor and his passionate support for his family and all of our employees. He will be missed and warmly remembered by his family and Dynabrade employees all around the world.”

 

For more about Walter N. Welsch and his contributions to Dynabrade, click here

 

Source: Dynabrade

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