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Brief Company History Timeline
1955 Rudi Wetzel forms Wetzel Tool Corporation, an industrial machine tool accessory distributor, selling Biax Scrapers, cutting tools and related products. With a secretary and two salesmen based in East Hartford, Connecticut, Wetzel Tool Corporation distributes its products throughout New England.1958 With the birth of his first grandson, David L. Pratt, Jr., Rudi Wetzel establishes DAPRA Corporation. (Hence the name DAPRA). Wetzel Tool Corporation now becomes the Northeast distributor for DAPRA, selling its own high-quality cutting tools and workholding equipment nationally.1983 Wetzel Tool Corporation adds dot peen marking equipment to its product line and becomes a division of DAPRA Corporation.1984 Upon the death of Rudi Wetzel, his daughter, Marie-Louise Pratt, assumes ownership of both Wetzel Tool and DAPRA Corporation.1996 Wetzl Tool is officially renamed DAPRA Marking Systems.2005 DAPRA celebrates its 50th anniversary as a leading supplier of superior-quality cutting tools, part marking solutions, and workholding and rotary positioning products. DAPRA's products are sold through distribution in North America, with sales and applications support personnel located throughout the United States. Both domestic and international support are provided by DAPRA's home office in Bloomfield, Connecticut.2015 DAPRA is 60! As part of DAPRA's commitment to continuously improving and expanding its product lines to meet customers' more demanding performance requirements, the company introduced their EDGE²® line of roughing and finishing systems. The DTB Roughing Series features double-sided inserts for twice the metal removal. The SBN Finishing Series provides industry's first truly indexable finishing inserts!