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Barry-Wehmiller History

With a company history spanning more than 125 years, Barry-Wehmiller represents a combination of the rich legacies of more than 50 businesses.  These strategic acquisitions, along with our organic growth initiatives and unique leadership practices, have enabled Barry-Wehmiller to become a diversified $1 billion provider of manufacturing technology and consulting solutions with dedicated associates serving customers worldwide.  Explore the key moments in our history by scrolling through the interactive feature below.


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  • In 1885, Thomas J. Barry opened a machine shop in south St. Louis to provide conveying and transportation equipment to area malt houses. He was joined later by his brother-in-law, Alfred Wehmiller, to form the Barry-Wehmiller Machinery Company. As the business grew, the two men expanded their product lines with a machine to quickly soak and wash refillable bottles.


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