Karl and Ann Weiler
Karl Weiler graduated from Hofstra in May 1960 with a B.B.A. and a reserve commission in the U.S. Army. He married his fiancée, Ann ( B.S. '60), in August of that year. Karl then proceeded to report for active duty at Fort Benning Georgia, where he attended the Infantry Officers Basic Course. Base pay, by the way, for a second lieutenant in those days was $220 a month ─ not a week!
After active duty ended in May 1961, Karl joined the Industrial Brush Manufacturing firm his father had started in 1944 with $200 in capital in his basement in Franklin Square, Long Island. In 1957 the firm relocated from Long Island to the small northeastern Pennsylvania town of Cresco. By 1961 the firm had about 20 employees and $250,000 in sales.
Karl was determined to build the business by using the leadership skills he learned in the Army and the business skills Hofstra had taught him. The firm has since grown to employ more than 400 people and has an international presence with plants in Pennsylvania, the Caribbean and China, along with sales offices in Asia Pacific, Mexico and Brazil.
Today, Weiler Corporation manufactures more than 5,000 active products that are used in everything from dental laboratories to the manufacture of jet engines. The company has several divisions that specialize in medical products, cutting tool manufacture and, most recently, automated deburring systems. The firm is managed on a day-to-day basis by Karl’s son Chris. Karl acts as chairman and dabbles in product development, which is his first love.
Karl credits his success to a good education from Hofstra, constant reinvestment in this business and in surrounding himself with capable executives who have been a major factor in growing the business. Today, Weiler Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of industrial brushes and abrasives.