Chairman and Former President of WPG Passes Away at 86

It is with great sadness that the Wood’s Powr-Grip family announces the passing of Keith Wood. Keith was born in Poplar, MT, on Jan. 28, 1936, to Howard and Beth Wood. His full name was Howard Keith Wood, after his inventor father. However, throughout his life, he was known to most as Keith. Keith graduated from high school in Wolf… Read more »


Wood's Powr-Grip Buys Aegis Tools International

The assets of AEGIS Tools International, Inc. have been sold to Wood’s Powr-Grip Co., Inc. (WPG) of Laurel, Montana, effective July 11, 2022. AEGIS owners Robert and Caryn Birkhauser called the development a “natural progression” in a relationship with Wood’s that dates back to their company’s inception. “Out of the gate, we used… Read more »


Powr-Grip stands tall under the Big Sky

Exporter of the Year knows value of Montana’s business resources Wood’s Powr-Grip (WPG), a company with a list of accolades and accomplishments that reaches back decades, lifted its latest honor with home-state pride.The vacuum lifting equipment manufacturer was named 2021 Exporter of the Year by the Montana District Export Council… Read more »


Wood's Powr-Grip: A Family Company

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center recently came to Laurel, MT to learn a little bit more about Wood's Powr-Grip as a company. Discover how Wood’s Powr-Grip has developed products with a worldwide reputation for quality and safety, while never losing their close connection to family and community. MMEC is an Economic… Read more »


Safer And More Efficient Handling Of Insulated Metal Panels

by Dan Page The benefits of using lifting equipment to handle insulated metal panels (IMPs) are abundant, and IMP installers who have employed lifters can point to a range of reasons why to use the machines.Using a lifter allows an installation crew to access the edges and opposite sides of the panel. More importantly, lifter use… Read more »


Wood’s Powr-Grip Chief Engineer Retires After 32 Years

Gary Bond, Wood’s Powr-Grip Chief Engineer, has retired from the company. Gary started with WPG in Wolf Point, Montana, after graduating from the University of Iowa. One of Gary’s early projects was to design a new lifter with more versatility and function than a Powr-Frame, but at a similar cost. Thus the MRT4 was born about the… Read more »


A Fresh Take on the Original Powr-Grip Hand-Held Vacuum Cups

Engineering for the Future Wood’s Powr-Grip® developed the first Hand-Held Vacuum Cups in the 1960’s and has gained the reputation of being the gold standard in glass, stone and metal materials handling. This has been achieved through our commitment to high standards for quality, design and safety. The recent disruptions in… Read more »


Production of Glass, Sheet Metal and Other Materials is BIG Business

WPG High-Duty Lifters Can Help You be a Part of It! In 2019, US Glass Production alone accounted for $30 billion in revenue, with a steady trend of increasing profits.[1] To support this economic growth, Wood’s Powr-Grip® has designed a better series of High-Duty MRPT Vacuum Lifters to handle glass manufacturing and other… Read more »


A Christmas message from Bryan

Happy Holidays, With each passing year I find it becomes easier to take for granted the many blessings in my life. Instead of being thankful for all the good things, I catch myself worrying about often-insignificant things. The crazy thing is I know that I’m happier when I focus on being grateful rather than dwell on what isn’t going… Read more »


Powr-Grip Employees Embrace Power of Christmastime Donating

by Lee Ann Wood The people at Wood’s Powr-Grip feel strongly that, as a company based in the small town of Laurel, Montana, it’s important to give back to the community where we live and work. In past years, our efforts included making Christmastime donations to Toys For Tots. More recently, however, we turned our focus to making a… Read more »

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