Elsner History


With more than 3,000 machines in 60 countries, Elsner machines wind, pack and fold every product imaginable. Our success comes from more than 80 years of continuous innovation and precision that boosts our customers’ competitive edge.

It began with our founders Frank and Johanna Elsner more than 80 years ago. They started with little, and created huge success for their company, their customers and their community. Today, Elsner has more than 3,000 machines in 60 countries winding, packaging and folding every product imaginable.


Every machine is built to exact specifications. Our licensed mechanical and electrical engineers make sure your machine is up to the job.


Then our assemblers and technicians perform a real world test on each machine, with the materials and specifications that customers will employ after delivery.


Our true measure of success is always your satisfaction. The direct daily involvement of President and CEO, Bert Elsner, II ensures that our promise to deliver quality, service and support second to none is every day. That company-wide dedication, advanced design technology and unmatched capabilities bring Fortune 500 companies to our door.


Our promise to our customers is simple. We are always on the job for you. We will do whatever it takes to make your investment in our machines exceed your expectations. And we will treat your company and every individual who serves you with the honesty, integrity and respect that they deserve.


Purpose built machines. Purpose driven people. Welcome to Elsner.

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Our Roots

Franz (Frank) Elsner, Sr. and his wife Johanna immigrated to America in 1924 to escape the depression and turmoil of post World War I Germany. A german mechanical engineer, Frank held many jobs in his early years in his new country. He worked as a machinist, a patent drafter, a mechanical designer and a plant engineer in a cigar box factory.


It was the great depression and Frank's ability to make things work that would make Elsner a leader in designing and building the well engineered quality paper converting machinery for which we are so well known today.


The business started in a former broom factory with two employees and today occupies a 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with over 70 employees. Innovative design, customer satisfaction, and steady growth have always been the Elsner business plan. Started by Frank Elsner, Sr. that business plan continues to work today.


In 1934 Frank and Johanna Elsner founded Elsner Engineering Works and started their first machine development project, a slicer for the potato chip industry. This was followed by machines that manufactured cigar boxes and machines that automated fruit packing - such as fringe folders, apple packers, paper shredders and oilers.


In addition, Frank Elsner's designs included the Och's snow plow which was the forerunner of today's snow thrower, a jute roll former, and various machines for the cigar box industry.


In 1954, Frank first saw the potential in redesigning the automatic rolling or rewinding machine. Frank thought the industry needed a machine that was more versatile, easier to set up, and did what the customer needed it to do. If the customer had a requirement, Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. had a machine.


The first Elsner rewinder and Elsner roll overwrapper were sold in December 1955 to Tuttle Press Company for their gift wrap line.


From this humble beginning there are over 3,000 machines of various sizes and configurations operating in 60 countries worldwide today.