Beno J. Gundlach Company was founded in Belleville, IL in 1927. The company was named after its founder, Beno J. Gundlach; and it was Beno's brother, Bill, who had asked Beno to invent and design a manually operated cutter for asbestos roofing shingles. It was also in the early 1930's that asphalt floor tile was invented. Some manufacturers of this new floor tile asked Beno to modify his shingle cutter for use with these new flooring material. This marked the company's first entry into the manufacture of floor covering installation tools.

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