A vintage and current pictorial and oral history of Orrville's 101 year old Will-Burt Company was presented by Rotarian Michael Oliver, graphics and website Senior Marketing Associate for Will-Burt's world-wide Orrville headquarters.
        On January 13, 1918 Burton W. Cope signed documents creating the Will-Burt Company and later a local news release reported "The Will-Burt Company's history can be traced back to 1894 when the Cope brothers opened a general repair shop. Soon after they purchased a patent for drilling equipment then grew the business to a point where they took on partner William Tschantz.  "Will" Tschantz and "Burt" Cope began doing business as The Will-Burt Company in 1916. Will-Burt began performing contract manufacturing shortly after incorporation in 1918 and continues to offer these services today with state-of-the-art metal fabrication capabilities and a world-class powder-coat line." Today, The Will-Burt Company is the world's premier manufacturer of mobile telescoping masts, towers and tilt positioners.            Oliver also showed his audience vintage and historical photographs of numerous real estate locations which have been sold over time due to expansion and acquisitions, resulting in total company consolidation being located in the Orrville Industrial Park. 
 
        Prior to Oliver's enlightening presentation, Pete Kandis was officially inducted by club president James Carpenter as Orrville Rotary's newest member. Kandis, executive director of operations at Aultman Orrville Hospital. A graduate of Canton Youth High School, Pete received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Malone University, enjoys Cleveland sports teams, drawing, reading and collecting baseball cards and lives in Magnolia, Ohio with wife Ashley, children Jacob, Anna and Gus, along with pug, Rex. Our newest member states that he joined the local club to become involved in the community and networking for the opportunity to help make an impact by working for and with the many Rotary projects and interests. Wilma Raynor was Pete's sponsor for membership and he was the thirty-seventh club member inducted during her own tenure as an Orrville Rotarian.
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