In 1922, Wilde Tool was purchased by brothers Paul & Otto Froeschl. Wilde Tool was located in Kansas City until 1955. In 1955 they moved the operations from Kansas City to Hiawatha, KS. The second generations started running day to day operations when the company started production in Hiawatha. Until the 1980’s the operations were ran by Paul Froeschl’s two sons Paul Jr. and Phil. Throughout the 1980’s the third generation came into the management fold at Wilde. Today, Wilde is a privately held corporation managed by the 3rd and 4th generations of the founders.
Wilde Tool is the MANUFACTURER OF THE ORIGINAL ANGLE NOSE PLIER – introduced over 85 years ago. WILDE®’s 6N and 8N were the original angle nose pliers. They were designed with a 32° angle that created greater leverage. The original Wilde Wrench was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,800,447. Our original trademark was THE PLIERSMITHS™.
Our current registered trademarks are WILDE®, WITCO®, and our exclusively manufactured PIPE WRENCH PLIER®. Wilde’s primary business is private labeling for several national and international tool companies, mass merchandisers, and OEM’s. WILDE® brand is full polished with red grips. We also developed our WITCO® line of pliers in 1970. These are the same precision pliers, with polishing operations eliminated, to make the line more attractive in price without sacrificing quality. Comfortable textured fluorescent orange grips are standard on all WITCO® pliers. In 2011 Wilde began to use the WILDE® brand on all of their types of tools and stopped using the WITCO® brand.