Many people have wondered where the name Will-Burt originated here is the definitive answer as told by our founder, Burton Cope, to a reporter for The Daily Record Newspaper in 1942: "There's a little story about that," explained Mr. Cope. "After we had sold the Cyclone Drill company in 1914, Will Tschantz and I wanted to do a little experimenting. We had to order some material and I asked Will in what name should we order the material. He was doing some painting at the time, and he had a paint brush in his hand. He stepped to the side of the building and painted the name 'Will-Burt' on the wall. We ordered the material in the name of the Will-Burt Company and I have been doing business in that name ever since."