Werner, a WernerCo brand, is celebrating 100 years of quality and safety in 2022, as a leading manufacturer of ladders and access equipment. 

Since Werner was founded in 1922, it has grown into a global brand with distribution in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Werner’s portfolio now includes ladders, access towers, work platforms, accessories and fall protection equipment, including harnesses, anchors and fall protection kits. 

Speaking of the anniversary, WernerCo UK Managing Director Justin White said: “The Werner name has achieved many milestones over the past 100 years. As a brand, our main focus has always been innovation, and pushing change within the industry by improving work at height safety through both our exceptionally safe products and internal and external training initiatives; with the end goal of helping the end-user to achieve more, and work safely.

“It is through the dedication and determination of our employees – past and present – that we have been able to build our legacy and provide customers with products and solutions they need to accomplish jobs both on and off worksites, and most importantly, work safely. We are excited to celebrate this significant event throughout the year. And as the Werner brand looks towards the next 100 years, we will continue to provide high-performance, innovative products that customers can depend on.”

Later this summer, WernerCo will unveil its Ladder Safety campaign, which aims to promote best practices when working at height. As part of the campaign, Werner has created a series of guides covering topics such as how to use equipment safely, as well as offering practical training courses. The campaign includes a coordinated online and onsite approach, with Werner offering training to professionals and customers for the use of ladders and towers, covering  dos and don’ts for ladder users and how to inspect ladders correctly.

Key achievements

In 1939, Werner became one of the first companies to extrude plastic and, throughout WWII, served as a prime contractor for the US Navy manufacturing plastic inhibitor strips for rockets. 

During the 1950s and 60s, Werner unveiled innovations such as ladders that didn’t require assembly for homeowners, and Alflo twist-proof rung joints designed to offer a stronger rung-to-rail connection for greater stability. In addition, Werner pioneered the field of fibreglass ladders to the climbing industry.

Over the following decades Werner made several key acquisitions, building the product portfolio and extending its market reach. In 2006, the company launched the MT series of multi-position ladders featuring an adjustable telescopic design.

Werner has since become a gold sponsor of the first charity to offer advice and support for those working at height - the aptly named  'No Falls Foundation'. In addition, the company has developed relationships with industry bodies, such as the Ladder Association, and supports initiatives that are dedicated to promoting the safe use of ladders and access equipment through education, training and resources.