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organizations that have been recognized since the program's inception in 1984. Weidenmiller
Company hosted 27 distinguished guests that included Weidenmiller corporate personnel,
family and friends.
The Weidenmiller Company represents four generations of cookie and cracker designers
and die roll makers. "August Weidenmueller began engraving embossing dies for Nabisco
in 1903 at his home workshop at 307 Naslund, now Pensacola, in Chicago. The first
of which was named Baby Bunting, displaying a youthful Davey Crockett character carrying
his rifle, followed by a little rabbit," said Tom Weidenmiller.
Originally, all dies were made by hand until the first engraving machine was purchased
in 1914. In 1928, Edward Weidenmiller and his brother, Emil, pioneered the first
cast aluminum baking plates for Nabisco's Sugar Wafer Cookie. Aluminum was an immediate
cost savings over the old heavy brass plates that cost three times as much to produce.
"My Grandfather, August, and my Father, Edward, were the master cookie-artisans who
produced the vast majority of dies for the cookie and cracker industry. My Dad began
working for his father at the age of 14 in 1910 and enjoyed designing 'biscuits'
well into the 1990's. He pioneered the very first, true, three dimensional characters
for the industry. Animal figures, McDonaldland® characters, Ninja Turtles® and Keebler's
Elfwich® series are just a microcosm of his various creations," said Tom.
In 1934, the Edward Weidenmiller Company engineered a Rotary Molding machine "head"
to operate in conjunction with the conventional stamping cutter. Up until that time,
all cookies and crackers were formed using only stamping and embossing cutters. This
Rotary machine was installed at Wortz Biscuit Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The
Rotary increased the production speeds for making cookies and, years later, is still
a favorite of many bakeries.
During World War II, Weidenmiller produced die rolls for the military to make the
crackers that were commonly known as "K" and "C" rations. After the war, Jack and
Bob Weidenmiller returned home to continue their engineering and manufacturing responsibilities.
Weidenmiller Company, Inc. was officially registered as a corporation in Illinois
In the next two decades, Weidenmiller's patented Four Roll Wire Cut machine became
increasingly popular for making items such as Macaroons, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar and
Vanilla Wafer cookies. The 1950's and 1960's also saw the industry increasing their
production for "hard sweets" (cookies) on the Rotary such as Lorna Doone® Shortbread
and the renowned Oreo® Sandwich. Weidenmiller heavy duty machinery is still in operation
In the 1970's and 1980's, 3D cookies such as the dinosaur, cartoon and movie characters
like The Flintstones, Fat Albert and Mickey Mouse became increasingly popular. Even
crackers were taking more artistic shapes such as fish, whales, animals, sports gear
One-hundred years later, Weidenmiller Company continues rolling out the dies that
create a wide variety of edible delights for Butter, Girl Scout and Windmill cookies;
Maria Biscuits; Captain's Wafers®, Graham, Ritz® and Saltine crackers; Ice Cream
Wafers and Chocolate Fudge 'base cakes.' For the canines, dog bones, turkey legs
and pork chop designs are popular. Hard candies such as Lemon Head®, Red Hots® and
Slo Poke suckers have also originated from Weidenmiller die rolls.
In 1903, August Weidenmiller began manufacturing engraved dies for the cookie and
cracker industry, the Wright Brothers were at Kitty Hawk learning to fly and Henry
Ford originated mass production for the automobile.
The Illinois State Historical Society honored the Weidenmiller Company and 59 other
Illinois Centennial businesses on October 10th at a gala dinner at the Palmer House
Thomas E. Weidenmiller, Sr., Chairman, received this unique award for the Company's
contribution "to the civic and economic heritage of the State of Illinois." The 60
new Centennial Award winners joined more than 1,100 previous businesses and non-profit