It started with a single spark, an idea that formed in the mind of the late Ardelle Glaze who, at the time, was a former research scientist. The moment he established Fort Wayne Metals, Inc. a heavy emphasis was placed on research and innovation. He was a contributor within the wire industry from the start – one of his first ventures was improving a magnetic wire created for recording purposes. Although it was later replaced by the recording tape that we use today, that magnetic wire was just the beginning.
Ardelle continued his innovative spirit into the ‘60’s, when he developed and later received his first patent for the drawn brazed strand (DBS®) that revolutionized leads.
With only five wire drawing machines and one furnace, Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp began to create the mold for which we set our wire drawing standards to this day.
In 1985, Ardelle’s son, Scott, was appointed CEO and has carried on his father's innovative mindset within the Fort Wayne Metals' family. Soon after, Fort Wayne Metals developed a metal-to-metal composite that has enabled the ability to match dissimilar materials in order to provide a variety of properties in a single wire system called DFT®.
The new millennium has proved to be quite successful for Fort Wayne Metals. In 2002, we opened our first international facility in Castlebar, Ireland. After opening our Ireland location we shifted gears to focus on strengthening our international business relations. During this time, our innovative mindsets never faltered, we continued to develop new processes such as: 35N LT® (2003) and SLT® (2006).
So far the turn of the century has taken us further than we could’ve ever imagined. DPS™ was developed in 2011 for our customers who require a higher effective material stiffness in their Nitinol wire. And in 2013, new strides were taken and innovation hit new heights as we successfully performed our first Nitinol melt in our Columbia City facility. Although 2014 has brought us a surplus of new processes the most notable of them is 4TiTUDE™; this CP Gr 4 Titanium has brought new meaning to the term strength.
Our company was founded and continues to grow because of our dedication to the manufacturing of medical grade wire. Our mission is to continually improve the quality of our products, the speed in which we respond to customers’ requests, and our level of understanding of the materials we work with and recommend.