In 1887, John M. Waddell found grinding coffee beans at home with a box grinder to be a difficult task. He came up with a simple solution to add a handle to the grinder so it was easier to turn using only one hand.
John M. Waddell moves into his father’s two-story grain elevator in Greenfield, Ohio.
Driven by innovation, John and his team manufactured cash registers, toys, X-Ray Egg testers, and much more.
Their wood work became so popular that the Waddell Postal Fixture Company was formed to market and ship postal fixtures around the nation.
Later that year, the factory burned to the ground. John and his three sons worked to rebuild the family business.
Owned and operated by John’s sons, display cases became Waddell’s most popular product, used in schools and institutions across the country.
The Waddell family sells their business to George and Mary Alice Leasure, owners of Ghent Manufacturing.
Continuing the story of a company of innovators, Waddell introduced Pallet, their first product in multifunctional display furniture.
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