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Dynabrade, Inc. Founder Walter N. Welsch Dies at 96

Walter Welsch passed away on May 16. Inventor, entrepreneur and business leader, he founded the 50-year-old company that today employs almost 300.

Walter N. Welsch, February 6, 1924 - May 16, 2020

Walter N. Welsch, the founder of Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) died May 16. He was 96.

“Wally leaves behind a great company, but even more so, a legacy of optimism, ethical behavior and true American entrepreneurial spirit that will serve as his greatest accomplishments,” said Dynabrade President and CEO Hardy Hamann. “For all his achievements, as an inventor, entrepreneur and business leader, we will remember Wally most for his strong and caring personality, his great sense of humor and his passionate support for his family and all of our employees. He will be missed and warmly remembered by his family and Dynabrade employees all around the world.”

Born in St. Paul, Minn., and one of nine children, Welsch graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. In 1951, he joined the Minnesota-based abrasive manufacturer, 3M where he was a sales representative based in Tonawanda, NY. While calling on jukebox manufacturer, Wurlitzer, he developed an idea for replacing tedious hand filing with a power-actuated abrasive belt filing machine, the now famous Dynafile, an industry leading material removal tool.

He founded Dynabrade in 1969 and led the company from its North Tonawanda, NY, location on Payne Avenue to its current 150,000 square-foot global headquarters in Clarence. In addition to its headquarters, Dynabrade has sales and warehousing facilities in Europe and India.

Dynabrade employs nearly 300 people worldwide and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Last year, the company’s management dedicated its training center in his honor.

With Welsch’s strong ideals serving as the foundation for everything it does, the company says Dynabrade and its valued employees will strive to continue their founder’s dream.

Click here for more about Walter N. Welsch and his contributions to Dynabrade.


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