Wagner Manufacturing Co.
Location: Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio
Founders: Milton M. and Bernard P. Wagner
Period of Production: 1891-1959
Products Manufactured: Full Line
Brand Names: Wagner Ware, National, Long Life, Magnalite, Wardway, Ward's Cast Iron
1891 - Wagner brothers establish the Wagner Manufacturing Co. R.O. Bingham, previously of the Marion Stove Works and the Sidney Manufacturing Co. joins as superintendent.¹
1892 - Nickel-plated ware added.
1894 - Cast aluminum ware added.
1897 - William H. Wagner joins his brothers, and is charged with running recently-acquired competitor Sidney Hollow Ware.
1903 - Sidney Hollow Ware foundry sold back to original owner Phillip Smith, who apparently does not resume making hollow ware.
1913 - Wagner products distribution extends worldwide.
1934 - Magnalite brand cast aluminum ware introduced.
1946-1953 - Heirs of the original Wagner brothers gradually divest, and the firm is sold to the Randall Company of Cincinnati, OH in late 1952.
1957 - Wagner division of Randall purchases Griswold Manufacturing from McGraw Edison.
1959 - Textron, Inc. acquires Randall, including rights to Wagner and Griswold.
1969 - Textron sells lines including Wagner and Griswold to General Housewares Corp.
1996 - GHC sells Wagner and Griswold rights to Slyman Group, who allows the Wagner plant to fall into receivership.
2000 - Bank sells Wagner factory, and Wagner and Griswold trademark rights to American Culinary Corp. of Willoughby, OH.