in 1918 by William L. Deckert, the W.L. Deckert Company got its
start by selling leather belting. Originally, this was the only
product sold, but the demand was tremendous. At the time, practically
every piece of machinery was driven by a leather belt via a jack
shaft from a central power source. Gradually, rubber-coated fabric
belts were introduced, and electric motors drove machine tools individually.
As the demand for leather belts decreased, the need for rubber belting
and other industrial rubber products increased. Under the guidance
of Robert (Bob) Deckert, the W.L. Deckert Company made a smooth
transition, meeting its customers' needs without skipping a beat.
Soon, bulk-handling conveyor belting, both lightweight and heavyweight,
gained importance in the marketplace and Deckert became an important
supplier to both users and OEMs.
Bob Deckert's early investment in slitting machinery insured the
company's leadership role as new technology facilitated the manufacture
of conveyor belting in wide "slab" widths. In 1985, Stephen Maas
became the company's new owner and president. Under his leadership,
a significant investment in manufacturing and fabrication facilities
was added to the already superior capabilities of the firm. Today,
businesses worldwide look to the W.L. Deckert Company for quality
products, innovative solutions and excellence service.
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