Wag-Aero was founded by Dick and Bobbie Wagner in the basement of their house in Lyons in the early 1960s. By 1965, Wag-Aero printed its first catalogue and continued to expand. In 1971, the company moved from Wagner's basement to North Road. The original warehouse and manufacturing facility has been expanded by three additions. The airstrip was built at the top of the hill for the convenience of fly-in customers.
Wag-Aero's first kit aircraft, the Sport Trainer, is a replica of the Piper J-3 Cub. Home builders can build this aircraft by ordering many required parts through Wag-Aero. Later, the Wag-A-Bond and the Sportsman 2+2 were added. The Sportsman 2+2 was one of the first four-place homebuilt aircraft which could be purchased via kit.
Aero Fabricators, was formed in the mid - 1970s. There are three departments within Aero Fabricators: welding, sheet metal fabrication, and seat belt manufacturing. The welding department remanufactures aircraft mufflers and engine mounts to FAA standards. They also produce many new manufactured aircraft exhaust systems, as well as structural components. The sheet metal department manufactures gas tanks, leading edges and metal skins and cowlings for many different aircraft, including our own kit aircraft. Both departments work together on the prefabrication of different items for our kit aircraft, including complete pre-welded fuselages. The seat belt division manufactures and repairs FAA approved seat belts and shoulder harnesses in many styles and colors and has been a leader in the industry in designing and manufacturing shoulder harness installation kits. In all, Aero Fabricators produces approximately 850 various components.
1995-8: 1216 North Rd, Box 181, Lyons, WI 53148, USA.
On September 1, 1995, Dick and Bobbie Wagner sold The Wag-Aero Group of companies to Bill Read and Mary Myers. In April 1997 Wag-Aero acquired the assets of Viking Aero Manufacturing to expand the product and manufacturing lines.
In October 2002 Wag-Aero acquired the assets of Ground Support Manufacturing, Inc. which further expanded our product and manufacturing lines into aircraft and airport related equipment. All products are now all manufactured in the facility in Lyons.