About Dapra: For over 65 years Dapra has provided milling, workholding, and power tool solutions to a wide array of manufacturing segments including aerospace, automotive, mold and die, and firearm. With our proven high-performance solutions combined with industry-leading application expertise and a robust distribution network Dapra has earned the trust of businesses from around the world. From small workshops to globally diversified manufacturers, we are more than a supplier, we are a partner in their success.

About Dapra Corporation: Dapra Corporation is a U.S.-based, multi-generation family-owned parent company to multiple brands which provides high-quality engineered solutions for various manufacturing and industrial markets. From indexable cutting tools to permanent part marking equipment Dapra Corporation continues to develop and invest in solutions to empower the success of manufacturers across North America and beyond. Dapra and Datamark North America are wholly owned by Dapra Corporation.

We are committed to identifying, understanding and meeting current and future end-user requirements with products and service of superior performance and value. 
    • Developing and maintaining partnerships with suppliers and distributors who share our commitment;
    • Pursuing continuous improvement in everything we do, using input from every resource available to us;
    • Taking pride in honoring every commitment we make by performing each task right the first time and on-time with accountability, responsibility, honesty and integrity;
    • Productive use of our human and financial resources;
    • respect for the time and the views of others;
    • Using effective listening, written and oral communications skills;
    • Learning and growing as individuals and members of the Dapra team.
Dapra's headquarters in Bloomfield, CT

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!