Our Facilities

WLS has three facilities. Two are located in Cleveland, Ohio and the third is in Salisbury, North Carolina. Our fabricating facility is in Cleveland. Combined operations account for 149,378 SF of manufacturing, office and warehouse space. We employ over 135 people who are dedicated to continuous improvement, reductions in waste and quick turnaround.



  • To focus on total lower costs by seeing our services in relationship to our customers needs and overall project objectives
  • To utilize the most advanced management and production techniques, such as lean manufacturing and six sigma strategies to achieve our goals
  • To provide our employees with a safe workplace, extensive training, and an environment that rewards excellence
  • To work with our suppliers, and encourage their ideas
  • To always bring the best of ourselves to each assignment


Our Team

In 1996 a new management team brought a unique combination of design, engineering, manufacturing and leadership skills to WLS. Within a year WLS created lean manufacturing systems based on demand flow technology, and adopted a six sigma management strategy. The result is a successful evolution from a batch processing job shop, to a fully integrated stamping, fabricating and assembly business.

Today we employ over 135 people who are committed to helping ideas take shape. We thought you would like to meet a few members of our team.

Craig Kotnik - Vice President Engineering & Operations

Work History
• Westinghouse/ABB
• Royal Appliance
• Total Manufacturing
• Danaher

• BS Industrial Engineering: Cincinnati
• Masters Industrial Engineering: Cleveland State

Lean Manufacturing Background
• Kaizen Leader Danaher Corporation
• Kaizen Leader ABB
• ISO-9000 Implementation

Keith DeVaul - Corporate Director of Quality

Work History
• Voss Industries
• Osmonics

• AAS Industrial Engineering: Onondaga Community College

Quality Background
• Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt
• QS9000 Certified Auditor
• DSQR GE Aircraft Engines
• ISO9002/QS9000 Implementation Team Leader

Susan Nash - Chief Financial Officer

Work History
• Danaher (Motion and Power Solution Groups)
• OxyTech (Joint Venture with Occidental Petroleum)
• Price Waterhouse

• BA: Cleveland State University - Accounting


Our History

1944WLS founded in Cleveland, Ohio by Stan Wachnick, Morey Larson and Robert StackOur original brochure from way, way back:

1948Dan Cronin Sr. joins company as part of the management team and stock holder
1977WLS establishes Carolina Stamping Company in Salisbury, NC
1984WLS opens stamping facility in Tampa, Florida
1987Dan Cronin Jr. assumes ownership
1996New management team joins WLS
1997Management team introduces lean manufacturing techniques, and adopts six sigma strategy
2001WLS adds fabricating and assembly services in Cleveland, Ohio through acquisition
2006WLS Fabricating moved to Highland Heights, Ohio.
2007W.L.S. International Co., a Delaware Domestic International Corporation (DISC), established on June 27.
2015WLS installed a 4000 watt optiplex fiber laser in Highland Heights and a Mitsubishi 3015EX 4500 watt CO2 laser in North Carolina.


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