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 and Lang begins building lithography machinery in East Rutherford, NJ which eventually becomes the Rutherford Machinery Division
Borden establishes a machine shop at their creamery in 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
Borden machine shop moves to their Randolph, NY creamery - eventually becomes the Randolph Can Machinery operations
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
General Printing Ink Co. is renamed Sun Chemical Corporation
Aluminum beer cans (7 oz.) are introduced by the Coors Brewing Co.
Ralph J. Stolle incorporates The Stolle Corporation in Sidney, OH
Ermal ("Ernie") Fraze of Dayton, OH patents the "integral rivet" that makes ring pull ("pop top") beverage cans possible
First pop-top beer can introduced by Iron City Brewing
First DWI ("Drawn While Ironed") aluminum beer cans (12 oz) are sold by Hamm's Brewery
Ragsdale Brothers Tool and Die established in Denver, CO
The Stolle Corporation is acquired by ALCOA
"Ecology" easy-open end (stay-on tab) is introduced by Falls City Brewing
Ragsdale Brothers is acquired by Borden
Standun Metalforming Systems of Rancho Dominguez, CA is acquired by Sun Chemical Corp.
Sun Chemical Corp. becomes Sequa Corporation
ALCOA acquires Borden can machinery operations (Randolph) and establishes ALCOA PACKAGING MACHINERY (APM)
Can Industry Products in Canton, OH is acquired by Sequa Can Machinery
Reynolds Aluminum sells its can machinery operations to APM
FORMATEC Tooling Systems in Dayton, OH is sold to Sequa Can Machinery
Redicon Corporation in Canton, OH is acquired by APM
Preferred Machining Corp. in Englewood, CO is acquired by APM
ALCOA sells APM to holding company and management, company is renamed Stolle Machinery Company
Sequa Can Machinery is acquired by Stolle Machinery Company
Omnitech Intl. in Denver, CO is acquired by Stolle Machinery
Stolle acquires CCH Engineering in Carlisle, UK and creates Stolle U.K. as well as Stolle Global Systems
The Stolle Canton Machining Center is created from the assets of the Mercier Tool & Die Company
The Stolle Dayton Machining Center is established with the acquisition of Ultra Punch of Dayton, Inc.
Stolle establishes a facility in Shanghai, China and expands operations in Carlisle, UK and Ohio, USA
Stolle adds thermal products manufacturing facilities in the UK and Poland with the acquisition of EMS
Stolle Guangdong opens near Guangzhou, China to serve the expanding Chinese can industry
Can conveying systems are added to the Stolle product line with the acquisition of ECI Mechanical and Electrical Engineers in the UK
The acquisition of MBR Tool in Chicago further increases Stolle's precision machining capabilities to help ensure parts quality and timely delivery