In 1944, three entrepreneurs joined together to found a company based on a simple Midwestern ideal: to give customers quick turnaround on basic metal parts at a great price.

Today, WLS Stamping has grown into a full-service short-run stamping and fabrication facility with state-of-the-art laser cutters and superior equipment across three facilities in two states. We employ over 100 people who are united in their commitment to providing the most precise metal stamped parts and fabricated products to our customers across many industries: aerospace, agriculture, appliances, electrical, food service equipment, lawn and garden, lift truck equipment, medical, military, shelving, solar, telecommunications, valves and more.

WLS Stamping Team

Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our metal stamping services by adopting lean manufacturing techniques and a Norwegian process of tooling for production stampings called “Smarttooling Technology.” This technology not only accelerates the tooling process but also allows us to produce stampings for customers for life, without any maintenance charges. Perhaps that’s why many of our customers stay with us for the lifespan of their product needs.

Our company has grown, and while our operations have become more sophisticated over time, our core values have remained the same. We prioritize relationships and remain committed to the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.

1944WLS founded in Cleveland, Ohio by Stan Wachnick, Morey Larson and Robert Stack
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 Mazak 4000-watt fiber laser in Highland Heights and a Mitsubishi 4500-watt CO2 laser in North Carolina
2017WLS installed a Mitsubishi 6000-watt CO2 laser in North Carolina.
2018WLS installed a Lincoln System 5 Robotic Welder in North Carolina.

Our vintage brochure from the 1960s:

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