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About Albion's History

Three Generations of Innovation and Quality


F. Karl Schneider

Acquired in 1929 by F. Karl Schneider, Albion Engineering Company was a pioneer in the field of dispensing technologies


Franz K. Schneider

Franz K. Schneider, active 1963-1999, expanded the company's product line to include air-powered and multi-component caulk gun models, as well as special tools and accessories, including Albion's stainless steel mixing device and patented adjustable piston expander.


Mark C. Schneider

Current President Mark C. Schneider joined the company in 1989. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Drexel University he brought with him over ten years of professional machine design and manufacturing experience. He has been granted several patents and has several others pending in the field of high-thrust and power-assisted caulking guns.

Continuing the Albion Tradition of Innovation

Mark's grandfather, F. Karl Schneider purchased Albion Engineering Company in Philadelphia in 1929. At the time, the company consisted of a machine shop that built keg washers for Schmidt's Brewery and elliptical gears for the local knitting mills. The machine shop was on the second floor of a wagon wheel garage, powered by overhead drive shafts.

In the early 1930s, F. Karl Schneider designed a caulk dispensing gun for Calbar Paint & Varnish Company who manufactured paint and putty in the first floor garage Albion owned. In 1936, F. Karl Schneider was awarded the patent for the smooth rod drive caulking gun. The development of the first smooth rod drive caulking gun launched Albion into the dispensing tool market. In 1937, Albion patented a trigger-actuated grease dispensing gun, with design features still in use today.

The company has since expanded the dispensing gun product line immensely for air-powered and multi-component caulk gun models, dispensing gun accessories and special dispensing gun tools, such as Albion's stainless steel mixing device. Mark Schneider has been granted several patents and has several others pending in the field of high-thrust and power assisted caulking guns.

Today, the Albion Engineering Company has almost 600 catalogued dispensing guns, caulk gun accessories, and specialty products. We continue to remain committed to providing you with innovative, top of the line caulking gun solutions for your dispensing needs. Contact us for more information.