More than a century of reliability
WELLSBURG — Eagle Manufacturing Co. this year is celebrating 125 years of business and a legacy of excellence, quality and reliability.
“To say we’re proud is an understatement,” Eagle Senior Marketing Manager Julie Lehto said. “To be in business this long is an incredible achievement, and to have earned a stellar reputation throughout the country is an even greater achievement.”
Formed in 1894 in Wellsburg, Eagle has evolved from a decorative glass factory to a worldwide leading manufacturer of more than 1,000 industrial safety and material handling product lines.
Eagle was founded by three brothers — James, Harry and Samuell Paull– along with brother-in-law, W.C. Jacob. More than a century ago, the company was built around three core principles – integrity, innovation and customer service, all of which remain true today.
Today, Eagle employs 250 workers who manufacture USA-made products such as safety cans, poly drums, safety cabinets and more.
In honor of this week’s National Manufacturing Day, Eagle recently hosted its employee awards luncheon, which recognizes the years of dedication its workers have given to the company. Eagle retirees also were invited to the catered luncheon.
“Hosting this annual luncheon gives us a chance to say thank you to our loyal and hardworking employees,” Lehto said. “This tradition has been ongoing since the 1970’s, and it made sense to not only celebrate our employees and 125 years of business, but also National Manufacturing Day.”
City officials were in attendance and presented Eagle with a commemorative plaque from the city of Wellsburg to honor the company’s 125 years of business.
“A hundred and twenty-five years of business is outstanding,” Wellsburg City Manager Steve Maguschak said. “What Eagle means to Wellsburg, to our community and its residents – I don’t know if the city would be here without Eagle Manufacturing.”
Based on length of tenure, Eagle employees were presented with engraved pins which represent the years of service they’ve given to the company. Eagle has six employees who have been with the company for more than 40 years.
“Eagle continues to evolve and grow with the industry,” Lehto said. “Since 2013, we’ve joined the Justrite Safety Group family, expanded our plastics production capacity and distribution center by nearly 100,000 square feet and added a 50,000-square-foot fabrication center with an engineering testing lab.”