Stolle History

Stolle history timeline

Stolle Machinery has a rich history that can be traced back 150 years.  During this time, the companies that are part of Stolle today developed many of the technologies and processes that have become the standards of metal packaging around the world.  From major names in aluminum to small family-named machining companies, Stolle is proud to recognize our legacy companies, and we look forward to continuing our tradition of innovation and growth.


Fuchs & Lang is founded in New York City

Fuchs & Lang graphic


Fuchs and Lang begins building lithography machinery in East Rutherford, NJ which eventually becomes the Rutherford Machinery Division

Fuchs & Lang Co. masthead

Borden establishes a machine shop at their creamery in Norwich, NY

Borden Norwich NY


Fuchs & Lang builds the first rotary metal decorating press, and in 1911 they build the first four color tube printer - the predecessor of the modern can decorator

Fuchs and Lang rotary litho press


Borden machine shop moves to their Randolph, NY creamery - eventually becomes the Randolph Can Machinery operations

Borden Randolph NY facility

Fuchs & Lang is merged with other companies to become the General Printing Ink Co.



The first steel beer can is introduced by the Krueger Brewing Company

Krueger beer can


General Printing Ink Co. is renamed Sun Chemical Corporation

Sun Chemical


Aluminum beer cans (7 oz.) are introduced by the Coors Brewing Co.

Coors can


Ralph J. Stolle incorporates The Stolle Corporation in Sidney, OH

Ralph Stolle

Ermal ("Ernie") Fraze of Dayton, OH patents the "integral rivet" that makes ring pull ("pop top") beverage cans possible

Ernie Fraze and integral rivet patent

First pop-top beer can introduced by Iron City Brewing

Iron City beer can with first pop-top

First DWI ("Drawn While Ironed") aluminum beer cans (12 oz) are sold by Hamm's Brewery

Hamm's DWI beer can

Ragsdale Brothers Tool and Die established in Denver, CO

Ragsdale Brothers logo


The Stolle Corporation is acquired by ALCOA

ALCOA logo

"Ecology" easy-open end (stay-on tab) is introduced by Falls City Brewing 

Falls City beer can with stay-on tab

Ragsdale Brothers is acquired by Borden

Borden logo


Standun Metalforming Systems of Rancho Dominguez, CA is acquired by Sun Chemical Corp.

Stadun logo

Sun Chemical Corp. becomes Sequa Corporation

Sequa Corporation logo

ALCOA acquires Borden can machinery operations (Randolph) and establishes ALCOA PACKAGING MACHINERY (APM)

ALCOA logo


Can Industry Products in Canton, OH is acquired by Sequa Can Machinery

Can Industry Products logo


Reynolds Aluminum sells its can machinery operations to APM

Reynolds logo

FORMATEC Tooling Systems in Dayton, OH is sold to Sequa Can Machinery

Formatec logo

Redicon Corporation in Canton, OH is acquired by APM

Redicon logo

Preferred Machining Corp. in Englewood, CO is acquired by APM

Preferred Machining Corp. logo

ALCOA sells APM to holding company and management, company is renamed Stolle Machinery Company

Stolle Machinery Company logo

Sequa Can Machinery is acquired by Stolle Machinery Company

Sequa logo

Omnitech Intl. in Denver, CO is acquired by Stolle Machinery

Omnitech Intl. logo


Stolle acquires CCH Engineering in Carlisle, UK and creates Stolle U.K. as well as Stolle Global Systems

CCH Engineering logo

The Stolle Canton Machining Center is created from the assets of the Mercier Tool & Die Company

Mercier Tool & Die logo

The Stolle Dayton Machining Center is established with the acquisition of Ultra Punch of Dayton, Inc.

Ultra Punch of Dayton logo

Stolle establishes a facility in Shanghai, China and expands operations in Carlisle, UK and Ohio, USA

Earth from space

Stolle adds thermal products manufacturing facilities in the UK and Poland with the acquisition of EMS

EMS logo

Stolle Guangdong opens near Guangzhou, China to serve the expanding Chinese can industry

Stolle Guangdong

Can conveying systems are added to the Stolle product line with the acquisition of ECI Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in the UK

ECI logo

The acquisition of MBR Tool in Chicago further increases Stolle's precision machining capabilities to help ensure parts quality and timely delivery

MBR Tool logo


Stolle increases their precision machining capabilities in the Dayton area with the acquisition of Signature Tooling Inc.

Signature Tooling logo
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