Raising the bar for nearly 100 years.

Don't let your customers settle for more of the same.  Hand-forged pieces from Wendell August Forge impress every time with custom detail and unparalleled craftsmanship. From conception to packaging to fulfillment, we hammer out the details so the process is smooth and easy and you can wow your client with creative solutions for every project.

 

Our History Of Heritage and Tradition

  1. 1923

    The company was founded in Brockway, Pennsylvania by Wendell McMinn August, who, at age 38, was active in the coal industry.

    1923
  2. 1930

    Wendell August Forge was commissioned to create decorative aluminum gates and elevator doors for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) which led to a new era of design innovation.

    1930
  3. 1931

    Edwin J. Fithian, president of the Grove City National Bank, commissions Wendell August to do architectural remodeling at the Bank.

    1931
  4. 1932

    The Grove City National Bank remodeling was so successful that the Bank’s president, Edwin J. Fithian convinced Wendell August to relocate to Grove City, even investing in the company to facilitate the move. Wendell August’s original Grove City forge was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

    1932
  5. 1936

    Wendell August Forge was commissioned to create mementos in honor of the “Millionaires’ Flight” on the Hindenburg air ship.

    1936
  6. 1942

    Wendell August Forge closes because of the war effort. No metals were available for consumer product goods. Many of the craftsmen reported for military service. The building was turned into a dormitory with 100 bunks to house and feed military personnel.

    1942
  7. 1946

    Wendell August Forge reopened after the end of World War II.

    1946
  8. 1949

    Times began to change and the need for architectural work. Wendell August Forge spent the following decades, many times struggling, to try and reinvent itself. The company began focusing on giftware items.

    1949
  9. 1978

    F.W. “Bill” Knecht, III acquired the company from Wendell’s son, Robert August. Knecht operated the company until his death in 2004; the Knecht family still owns the company today.

    1978
  10. 1979

    Wendell August Forge and was commissioned by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency to produce 12 solid bronze plates commemorating the SALT II treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The plates were presented to diplomats at the signing of the treaty in Geneva, Switzerland.

    1979
  11. 2010

    The original Grove City forge, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, burned to the ground in March of 2010.

    2010
  12. 2011

    Wendell August Forge buys the roof of the famed Civic Arena, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The first retractable roof in professional sports became Christmas ornaments and other giftware.

    2011
  13. 2013

    After 3 years in temporary housing, the new flagship facility was opened just outside of Grove City.

    2013
  14. 2017

    Pittsburgh Pens celebrate back to back Stanley Cup Championships with the actual Game Used Glass incorporated into commemorative products.

    2017

    Relauched coal fired forge and expanded the Cathy Youngo History Center.

    2017
  15. 2018

    Kicked off Our 95th Anniversary!

    2018

Proudly USA Made

  • Flagship Store
    Corporate Headquarters

    Our Western PA headquarters houses a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing, distribution, and design center, along with a team of craftsmen that have handwrought metal giftware and custom solutions since 1923.

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