Welcome to Weiler Abrasives, a company rooted in a rich history that spans over a century. Our story begins in 1879 when Franz Swaty laid the foundation for the production of mineral-bonded abrasives in Europe. Shortly thereafter in 1898 Master Brushmaker, Joseph E. Weiler, commenced the manufacturing of polishing brushes in Pforzheim, Germany. In 1927, his son Karl E. Weiler, also a Master Brushmaker, ventured across the Atlantic and in 1944 started the Weiler Brush Company in a converted chicken coop on Long Island, New York. 

From those humble beginnings, the business continued to grow, prompting a pivotal move to Cresco, Pennsylvania, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, in 1957. Meanwhile, in 1958, Comet emerged in Europe, the company specialized in magnesite-based artificial abrasives and would merge with Swaty to become SwatyComet in 2010; one of the largest manufacturers of bonded abrasives in the world. 

Our journey extends beyond geographical boundaries, marked by milestones such as the introduction of industry-standard brushes, expansion into Mexico, strategic acquisitions, and groundbreaking innovations. In 2012, Weiler acquired Rei Abrasives, in Brazil, and expanded its manufacturing capabilities into bonded abrasives. In 2015, Weiler proudly expanded its footprint in Europe by acquiring SwatyComet. Today, operating under the unified brand Weiler Abrasives, we continue our legacy of excellence, innovation, and commitment to providing top-notch abrasives worldwide. Explore our website to discover the evolution of Weiler Abrasives. 

Key Milestones

1898: The Weiler tradition of brush making begins when Joseph E. Weiler began manufacturing brushes for the jewelry industry

1944: Karl E. Weiler, Joseph’s son, forms Weiler Brush Company and begins manufacturing brushes

1957: The business moves from Long Island to its current location in Cresco, PA

1971: Karl M. Weiler becomes president

1979: Weiler Brush Company introduces the 13131, the industry-standard “Stringer Bead” brush

1987: Weiler Brush Company introduces composite construction nylon abrasive brushes

1988: Weiler launches TigerTM Abrasives and manufactures flap discs, becoming the first to manufacture coated abrasive flap discs in the US

1999: Weiler opens Weiler de Mexico, its first commercial subsidiary outside the US

2000: Weiler acquires long-term rival Anderson and becomes the power brush market share leader in the US

2008: Weiler introduces Burr – RxTM, first ceramic filament brush in North America

2012: Weiler acquires Rei Abrasives and expands its manufacturing capabilities into bonded abrasives

2014: Weiler breaks ground on 6th significant capacity expansion, including new global headquarters

2015: Weiler introduces Tiger X Flap discs with industry-first X3 technology.

2015: Weiler expands its capability in abrasives and its footprint in Europe by acquiring SwatyComet, whose legacy dates back to 1879