JET and Wilton are committed to being the suppliers you can depend on for the epitome of quality, innovation and service. This isn’t just a statement to make us sound good—it’s a reality that has been ongoing since we introduced our products more than 50 years ago.
With JET and Wilton tools being used by manufacturing professionals in plants and machine shops across the United States, we knew we could bring the same quality and reliability to another very important customer - you.
Walter Meier History
The acquisition of Eichler expands the presence in the air conditioning market to Austria
Creation of a focused organizational structure with three group divisions, namely climate Markets,
Manufacturing Markets and products.
With TK 3000, Walter Meier acquires the leading ventilation hygiene company in Switzerland, thus
complementing its range of services in climate technologies.
The Group continues to move closer together with the creation of the new central areas of Human Resources, Information Technology and Corporate Communications.
The acquisition of Tosa with its product brands Promac and Toolcraft strengthen the product range of manufacturing technologies and expands the specialty distributors channels in Switzerland and France.
The global financial crisis reaches the real economy and has an effect on the annual result.
The group and its business units present a unified identity under Walter Meier. in parallel with this, Axair Kobra, Vescal and Oertli Service merge to become the leading Swiss provider in the area of indoor climate.
Continuity of the Group is ensured when Silvan G.-R. Meier joins Walter Meier and thus represents the third generation of family entrepreneurs. At the same time, it is the starting signal for a strategic realignment and revitalization.
Net sales: chf 774 million
Number of employees: 1800
Strengthening of the metalworking business through the acquisition of Wilton, the leading supplier of vises in the USA. Acquisition of the UK-based refrigeration specialists Climate Equipment.
The acquisition of Draabe Industrietechnik in Germany strengthens the global humidification business for process applications.
Strengthening of the American woodworking business through the acquisition of Powermatic.
Establishment of a branch in Beijing. Production of air humidification equipment in China begins.
Formation of the world-leading air humidification company through the merger of Defensor, Condair, Barth + Stöcklein and Kobra under the name Axair.
Further strengthening of the Swiss climate business through the acquisition of Climatechnique Kobra.
Germany's leading air humidification company, Barth + Stöcklein, is acquired.
Acquisition of Vestol and its merger with Procalor to form Vescal, which subsequently ranks among the leading providers of heat production and heat supply systems and components in Switzerland.
First step in the expansion of the processing business outside of Switzerland through the acquisition of Jet Equipment & Tools, a US supplier of woodworking and metalworking machines as well as transport and material handling equipment.
Initial public offering with listing on the Swiss stock exchange.
Net sales: CHF 265 million
Number of employees: 1506
Expansion of the heating business and entry into the heating-systems distribution market through the acquisition of Procalor.
Strengthening of the Group's position as a global leader in air humidification through the acquisition of Condair and the North American company Nortec.
Entry into the heating market through the acquisition of Oertli.
With the establishment of WMH Walter Meier Holding, Dr. Reto E. Meier lays the foundation for a long-term strategy of rapid growth and diversification.
The first acquisition and entry into the air conditioning market through the purchase of Defensor, a pioneering company and market leader in air humidification.
The second generation assumes responsibility for running the company under the management of Dr. Reto E. Meier.
Net sales: CHF 25 million
Number of employees: 43
Walter Meier begins importing machine tools into Switzerland and to this end establishes the parent company of the present-day Group named after him.