Wendell August Forge can craft any product to enhance your brand. We specialize in custom brand products to help you celebrate years of service, continuity programs, safety incentives, building dedications, employee engagement programs, sales incentives, health & wellness programs, grand openings and much more.
Every employee in the Wendell August Forge family is dedicated to providing you with service and products, including specialty brand products, of unparalleled quality and distinction. Let us put our 95 years of experience to work for you.
Our History Of Heritage and Tradition
The company was founded in Brockway, Pennsylvania by Wendell McMinn August, who, at age 38, was active in the coal industry.
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.
Edwin J. Fithian, president of the Grove City National Bank, commissions Wendell August to do architectural remodeling at the Bank.
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.
Wendell August Forge was commissioned to create mementos in honor of the “Millionaires’ Flight” on the Hindenburg air ship.
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.
Wendell August Forge reopened after the end of World War II.
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.
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.
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.
The original Grove City forge, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, burned to the ground in March of 2010.
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.
Proudly USA Made
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.