Wadler Manufacturing was founded in 1964 by Jerry Wade and his brother-in-law, Phil Geisler. Wadler produced agricultural and farm equipment, and quickly became known for its highly innovative, multi-patented products. Although no longer manufactured, Wadler’s famous kelly green cattle chutes are still a familiar sight in pastures throughout the Midwest, as is the wind-powered PondMaster.
Jerry’s oldest son, Stephen, joined his father in the business in 1985. He, along with his wife, Michelle, became sole owners of Wadler in 1990, both assuming vital roles in its day-to-day operations.