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April 1, 2013 12:37 PM by Tony

Bob Wagner's 50th Anniversary


In '63 the world was changed one dark and fateful day
Bob Wagner came to work one morn and never went away

Now Bob had many options when considering careers
But he chose to stay with Wagner and he stayed for fifty years.

For many of you young'uns, that seems so far away
But for those of us much older, it's more like yesterday

The Braves were in Milwaukee with Hank something to behold
The Packers and Lombardi made us proud of green and gold

Back then when we said "blueprints" they really were all blue
You wrote an order with a pencil and carbon paper too

No iphones or computers then to do all of our thinking
We did it with a slide rule, which made us all start drinking

On Gladstone Av we set to work, making parts and selling
Stampings, elbows, flanges too. Our product line was swelling

We just kept growing bigger when in 1987
We got a larger building and felt we were in heaven

But Wagner wasn't done yet, and we kept on getting bolder
Johann Tube and J.G. Braun were added to our folder

And larger yet did Wagner get and bought a new facility
Hoping to provide a space to give us all tranquility

With glass and stainless, we did grow with more and newer stuff
And then we added lighting, as if that weren't enough

Fifty years have come and gone and Bob? Well, he's still here
And as the years go by it's clear, he'll never disappear

Through it all, Bob's been there to guide us on our journey
He's quick to say, when he goes away, it will be on a gurney

It is a truth that we all know, and our loyalty we're swearing
'Cause engineers they never die, they simply lose their bearings

March 28, 2012 2:13 PM by Tony

Cuverro anti-microbial railing by Wagner


    CuVerro® Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces

  • Wagner Handrail and Grab Bars made with CuVerro® Antimicrobial Copper
  • Registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver continuous and ongoing antimicrobial action against disease-causing bacteria
  • Studies have shows that copper, brass and bronze kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours, including E. coli and MRSA - which are the source of many hospital acquired infections.   
  • It continues to kill 99% of bacteria even after repeated contamination


January 3, 2012 9:45 AM by Tony

Metalwork for your home and business

April 4, 2011 10:30 AM by Tony

Glass Baluster Guards

Article in March/April NOMMA Fabricator "Glass Baluster Guards Still Present Code Challenges"
March 11, 2011 7:38 AM by Tony

New Wagner Slip-Fit Brackets

Video showing the quick, non-weld assembly of 1-1/4" pipe railing using our new Slip-Fit Brackets

March 3, 2011 12:40 PM by Tony

PanelGrip Installation by Iron Images

January 28, 2011 12:01 PM by Tony

Ultra Tec Cable Railing

January 28, 2011 11:56 AM by Tony

PanelGrip Test pushed to failure

In this time lapse video, PanelGrip Glass Railing was pushed to it's limit to determine a failure point for the glass. It broke at an 810 lb concentrated load.

January 28, 2011 11:45 AM by Tony

PanelGrip Cycle Testing

Here's an example of what happens to tempered glass in a glass railing under a test load.

January 25, 2011 8:51 AM by Tony

Making Stairs Fun

January 20, 2011 9:06 AM by Tony

Code Council Updates ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard, Offers New Resources to Identify Changes

Thanks to Todd at NOMMA for this article reprinted from his blog:

Code Council Updates ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard, Offers New Resources to Identify Changes

The International Code Council serves as the publisher and convener for the standard that makes buildings accessible to people with disabilities. The Code Council’s process has resulted in an update of this standard with essential new requirements. ICC A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, contains technical accessibility requirements for both new and existing buildings. Released alongside the updated standard are a new guide and seminar spotlighting significant revisions.

“The Code Council is proud of its leadership role in shepherding the development of ICC A117.1 over the years. These critical updates represent a consensus approach from advocates and industry to promote a more accessible built environment,” said Code Council CEO Richard P. Weiland. The ICC A117.1-2009: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities includes many new or revised requirements such as: clarification of requirements for dwelling units, addition of Type C dwelling unit requirements for use by jurisdictions adopting visitability ordinances for dwellings not regulated by Fair Housing, a series of revisions for restroom requirements, a new chapter for recreational facilities, and a new section addressing variable message signs.

The new companion guide and seminar addresses the critical need for professionals in the building industry to keep current in their understanding of accessibility standards. The Significant Changes to the A117.1 Accessibility Standard, 2009 Edition book and seminar analyze the most critical, frequently used requirements and provisions with a significant change in application. Each change is accompanied by a photograph, real-world example or illustration, and is followed by a summary and analysis. The book and seminar also discuss
where the standard coordinates with the Americans with Disabilities Act and 2009 International Building Code (IBC), as well as where it differs and affects application.

Significant Changes to the ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard, 2009 Edition is authored by Jay Woodward, Code Council Senior Staff Architect and the Technical Secretariat for the 2003 to 2009 development cycle of the Standard. Woodward developed the book and seminar to familiarize Code Officials, plans examiners, inspectors and designers with the many important changes in the 2009 edition of ICC A117.1 that will be applicable when using the IBC. In his role as Secretariat, Woodward served as an impartial observer to committee discussion that resulted in the changes to the standard, and has articulated in these materials why certain requirements were adopted.
For more information on ICC A117.1-2009: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities and the Significant Changes book and seminar, please visit The ICC A117.1-2009 Standard and Significant Changes book are also available as a combo at a reduced rate.

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. The International Codes also serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for many nations outside the United States.
November 3, 2010 10:33 AM by Tony

New Cable Railing Installation Videos

September 18, 2010 7:04 PM by Tony

ADA Update

Though the new Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) were approved in 2005, the document did not get approved by the Department of Justice until; July 23, 2010 -- the 20th anniversary of the original ADA,

Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.

The new ADAAG will take effect on March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010, but not required until March 15, 2012.

Keep in mind that many states have their own accessibility standard so you will need to confirm your local time frame as to when the new ADAAG will be applied in your area.

Click here for more information.
September 18, 2010 6:18 PM by Tony

What's New?

Check out "What's New?" at Wagner:
New Glass Railing products

Shoe Mouildings.
We have updated our tooling such that all of our base mouldings are now 4-1/8" high. This was done to better match what was being speced in the marketplace.

We have also added a new, hollow base section. The new shoe moulding is 48% lighter than standard shoe moulding yet still meets the ICC and IRC load requirements. Less weight means reduced cost of material and freight. Test data is available upon request.

Download spec sheet
Cap Railing

Two new Cap Rail sections are now available for use with Glass Railing or Lumenrail.

They include a 1-1/2" OD roll formed section and a 3-5/32" x 1-1/2" oval section. Both are stocked in Type 304 Stainless Steel -- mill, satin and polished finishes.

We have also now stock Type 316 Stainless Steel for our 1.66", 1.90", 2.00" and 2.50" Cap Rail and round tubing.

Another new Cap Railing is a clear, polycarbonate channel which provides a low profile edge protector for glass railing applications where maximum visibility is desired. The channel is set into place using a 3M clear, double adhesive tape.

Many local codes require that the Glass Cap Railing meet a specific load requirement. Confirm with your local authorities prior to specifying your Glass Cap style.

Download Spec Sheet for Cap Railing

Cable Railing Hex Head Tensioner

This new Cable Railing Tensiioner allows for an economical and quick way to assemble and install vertical cable systems.

Download Spec Sheet for Hex Head Tensioner

July 24, 2010 8:38 AM by Tony

Japanese Brown Finish

July 24, 2010 8:35 AM by Tony

2010 NOMMA Top Job Winners

May 27, 2010 4:36 PM by Tony

Railing Deflection

Interesting article on determining allowable deflection in railing applications.
May 23, 2010 6:04 AM by Tony

One of the Top 100 Workplaces

We are very pleased to announce that R & B Wagner was selected as one of the Top 100 Workplaces in South East Wisconsin.

Based on surveys submitted by Wagner employees, Wagner finished #5 among medium size companies -- #1 for manufacturers in that group. We also received a special recognition in the "Career" category -- "I have many opportunities to learn and grow at this organization."

As always, Wagner People are key to making us what we are today.

April 15, 2010 5:02 PM by Tony

PanelGrip patent

Following almost two years of waiting, our PanelGrip patent has been approved.

Learn more at

April 7, 2010 10:12 AM by Tony

Deck safety

Good article on deck railing safety. Recommendation is that benches and deck furniture not be placed within 2-3 feet of deck railings.
April 5, 2010 11:00 AM by Tony

ADA Update

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. It applies to facilities in the private sector and to state and local government facilities. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) was created in 1991; revised in 1994 and updated in 2004.

The 2004 ADA was not approved by the Department of Justice until July 23, 2010 -- the 20th anniversary of the original ADA.

The new ADA was published in The Federal Register on September 15, 2010.

The new ADAAG will take effect on March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010, but not required until March 15, 2012.

Keep in mind that many states have their own accessibility standard so you will need to confirm your local time frame as to when the new ADAAG will be applied in your area.

While the ADAAG is not a building code, many jurisdictions have adopted it into their local accessibility standards. Unfortunately, some of these are still using the 1991 version and requiring all railing to be 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches diameter with a clearance of 1-1/2 inches between the wall and handrail.

On the other hand, the Accessible Barriers Act (ABA) -- which applies to federal facilities -- approved the 2004 ADA and ABA Accesibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities. This applies to postal, military and other federal facilities. Federal housing approval is still pending.

Unfortunately, you may continue to see the incorrect dimensional requirements for handrail in specifications for some time. Note however that the Access Board -- the agency which oversees the ADAAG -- considers the 2004 update their answer to all questions regarding the original 1991 ADAAG. For technical assistance, contact
March 29, 2010 9:08 AM by Tony

Stair photos

Don't mind the name, this website has great photos of stairs.
March 29, 2010 7:24 AM by Tony

Handrail serving as ant route

Leaf cutter ants traveling through a handrail at the "Haus des Meeres" (Aquarium) in Vienna.

March 28, 2010 5:48 PM by Tony

Morgan Library

Wonderfully patinated bronze fence around the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City
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About Tony Leto

Tony Leto 
Tony is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Wagner Companies. He has been active in the industry since 1984. Tony is available to present AIA/CES presentations on "Architectural Metal Applications -- Handrailing and Ornamental Metal Work" and "The Myth of The Ladder Effect And Other Guardrail Safety Issues (HSW).

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