Former Weiler Exec Nets ISA's Buckley Award

Karl M. Weiler began working at the company in 1962 under his father, Karl E. Weiler, a Master Brushmaker from Germany.

Karl M. Weiler
Karl M. Weiler
Weiler Abrasives

CRESCO, Pa. — April 12, 2022 Weiler Abrasives, a leading provider of abrasives, power brushes and maintenance products for surface conditioning, is pleased to announce that Karl M. Weiler, former president, has received the John J. Buckley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Industrial Supply Association (ISA).

The award is the ISA’s highest distinction and honors outstanding individuals in the MROP channel for their long-standing service, as well as their contributions to supporting the success of the industrial supply industry. It also acknowledges an earned respect among peers and a passion for giving back and positively impacting the community and their company.

“My father’s commitment to the success of both Weiler Abrasives and the industry is admirable,” said Chris Weiler, president and CEO, Weiler Abrasives, and Karl’s son. “He’s always made it a priority to put customers, partners and employees first and to introduce abrasive solutions that can help solve challenges across the many markets we serve.”

After earning a degree in business from Hofstra University and completing active-duty service in the U.S. Army, Weiler began working at the company in 1962 under his father, Karl E. Weiler, a Master Brushmaker from Germany. In 1971, he bought the company and became president. During his tenure in this position, which lasted until 1998, Weiler led strategic initiatives to focus on the industrial MROP channel and oversaw the steady growth of the company and the gain of leading market share. He also guided advancements in technology, integrating the production of abrasives into the original brush offering. Weiler has been widely recognized for his generosity and engagement in the local community.

“Karl’s story and the story of Weiler Abrasives is built into the history of the industrial MROP channel. His bold leadership, ability to innovate and dedication to his employees and community are why this award exists,” said Brendan Breen, president, ISA. “Karl Weiler sets the bar for all of us that seek to make a difference through a lifetime of achievement.”

About Weiler Abrasives Group

As an industry leader and global manufacturer of surface conditioning solutions, Weiler Abrasives Group is dedicated to forging collaborative relationships with our customers in diverse markets — Metal Fabrication; Industrial Production; and Maintenance, Repair & Operations — to tackle their toughest cleaning, grinding, cutting, deburring and finishing challenges.

About ISA

Founded in 1902, the Industrial Supply Association (ISA) is the leading channel association for the Industrial MROP industry. ISA delivers actionable data, leading strategies, relevant education, and powerful networks to help companies within the industrial supply channel leverage change and use it to their competitive advantage. ISA – Leading the Channel Forward®. More on ISA at


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