Introduction of Vectis™ Brand of advanced counterbalance hinges. Successful entry into outdoor cooking market with Kamado Joe and other high-end grill manufacturers. Production of “Next Generation” Integrated Hinges for Sub Zero. Ergonomic keyboard mechanisms accepted for use by medical cart and healthcare furniture manufacturers. Increased manufacturing capabilities with addition of Swiss style turning centers, robotic welders, and most recently a true state of the art fiber optic laser.
Growth in the luxury appliance and medical equipment markets. Designing and manufacturing built-in refrigerator and oven door mechanisms for the high end residential appliances, centrifuges, and blood analysis equipment.
Doubled the size of the Allen Street plant to 135K sq. ft. Installed automated powder coat line, began production of patented Sub Zero Integrated hinges and created wholly owned subsidiary EZ Office in Taiwan. Our ergonomic product line grows exponentially.
In the decade that brought us the personal computer (PC), Weber Knapp introduces the concept of height adjustable keyboard mechanisms, tables, and monitor positioning devices, pioneering and revolutionizing ergonomic office products throughout the decade. 1986 saw the first of several ergonomic related patents issued.
Another time for significant growth and physical expansion. A partnership with Xerox vastly expanded our counterbalance opportunities and expertise. The development of a hood latch mechanism for Ford Motor Company, and the fabrication of aluminum extruded couplers for high end glass furniture all required electroplating and anodizing. As a result a 45,000 sq. ft. plating and waste treatment plant was constructed on property across the river from the original plant AND a 67,000 sq. ft. assembly and shipping facility was constructed on a 60 acre site on Allen Street in Falconer, NY.
The first counterbalance mechanism patent (#3,187,374) is issued for Magnavox TV and record player cabinets. Weber Knapp developed complete line of hardware for Singer sewing machine cabinets.
67,000 sq. ft. addition to original building to support products such as, coat hooks, house numbers, drain protectors, sash locks, door stops, mending plates, tools, kitchen cabinet hardware, spring latches, friction slide supports and hinges.
Foundry produced aluminum, brass and bronze sand castings for the US military.
Weber Knapp began tooling up the hardware pieces such as latches, pivot arms and adjustment plates for clients such as Batesville Casket, Clarksburg Casket, Schuylkill Haven and high-end Marsellus Casket.
Office furniture label holders and drawer pulls, phonograph and other cabinet hardware are being developed as new product lines.