WPG's Exchange & Repair Program

by Joe Landsverk Exchange Your Cups Today! Every day the ER staff stands ready! Suddenly, a bay door opens, a sharply dressed, uniformed attendant carefully transfers injured, over-worked, tired and aging vacuum cups onto waiting carts. Some days there are few incoming, some days many - regardless, within moments the injured are… Read more »

Keeping Safe Through Regular Maintenance of Your Powr-Grip Vacuum Lifter

by Byron LaRue It has been a long construction season. Your vacuum lifter has performed well. Now that things are slowing down, it's a good time to step back and take care of the tool that has helped you out and made you money on so many jobs. A little maintenance goes a long way in extending the life of your vacuum lifter. When we… Read more »

Build It and They Will Come

by David Peters Where would you expect to find a 65-foot-tall Ferris wheel, a shooting gallery, hundreds of exotic salt water fish and 24 flavors of Granny's delicious homemade fudge? If you said the county fair, while you may be technically correct, that's not the answer we were going for here. What we're talking about is 220,000… Read more »


by Andrew Pector Transporting glass in 1927. Little changed in glass handling until the introduction of Hand-Held Vacuum Cups. I was 16 years old. It was 1967. While working at my after school job, cleaning up in a glass shop, I heard a crash and bloodcurdling yell. Dropping my broom, I ran toward the commotion. In a pool of blood… Read more »

Give Those Textured Surfaces a Lift

by Lisa Hagel If you thought Wood's Powr-Grip® Hand-Held Vacuum Cups did not work on pattern glass or other textured surfaces, we have a surprise for you! Powr-Grip Textured Surface vacuum cups have been redesigned to more capably meet the challenge of handling shower doors and windows with patterned, textured, cast or irregular… Read more »

Wood's Powr-Grip Celebrates 50 Years with Some Big Changes!

The Wood's Powr-Grip Team This year is the 50th Anniversary of Wood's Powr-Grip® Company, Incorporated so we're marking it in a number of BIG ways! Throughout the year, we will be sharing our photos, memories, history and culture. You may have noticed that, in addition to our regular logo, an oval emblem with the letters "WPG"… Read more »

The New VPFS10T Foam Ring Pad from Wood's Powr-Grip

by Bryan Strobel The long-awaited VPFS10T vacuum pad with replaceable foam ring will be available for order as an upgrade/replacement part starting March 1, 2014. The VPFS10T is redesigned to offer better value, longer life and ease of replacement. The low-cost sealing ring requires no adhesive to keep it in place and can… Read more »

Wood's Powr-Grip, 1964 - 2014: Continuing the Legacy

by Joe Landsverk It's the early 60's in the small Northeast Montana town of Wolf Point where Howard Wood owns and operates Wood's Auto & Electric Company. In previous years, Howard has successfully invented, manufactured and marketed a tool to Briggs and Stratton, a well known small engine manufacturer. Founder: Howard Wood His… Read more »

Safety You Can Live By!

OSHA's Fatal Four Vacuum cup and below-the-hook vacuum lifter safety in the workplace by Joe Landsverk At Wood's Powr-Grip® (WPG), we regularly receive calls from industrial safety managers requesting information about vacuum lifter safety and maintenance; and we are only too happy to help out in any way we can! It's good that there is… Read more »

How Juries View Hazard Analysis

The objective of product-safety efforts is to correct or address safety problems. From Machine Design magazine, April 15, 2005 by Lanny Berke The methodical way to approach product safety is with a formal hazard analysis. A hazard analysis examines product features and tries to anticipate any potential hazards that might result from… Read more »