A self-taught machinist and tireless entrepreneur, Lawernce Zepf launched Bottler's Engineering and Design Ltd. in a make-shift machine shop attached to the Zepf family home in Waterloo, Ontario, in 1972. Commitment, calculated risks and a mastery of innovative production and processes would inspire the transformation of this small, family-owned machine shop into a technological competitor in the international packaging industry.
In April 1977, Bottler's Engineering and Design moved out of the Zepf home and into a nearby industrial mall. By September of the same year, it had doubled its physical size and added to its product line to include rebuilt bottling and packaging equipment. Initially, its customer base had consisted of custom packagers and wineries in southern Ontario. By 1980, the company supplied changeparts to wineries, distillers, manufacturers and custom packagers all over North America.
In 1996, Zepf Technologies was acquired by Barry-Wehmiller and relocated to Clearwater, Fla., where it was integrated with what is now PneumaticScaleAngelus.