From Basement Invention to Global Innovation in Fire Protection Engineering
It started with one idea - and some much-needed funding from mom. In 1976, 30-year-old Werner Wagner started his fire protection engineering firm from the basement of his childhood home in Germany. In 1982, the company secured a million dollar order to develop an outdoor lighting, video monitoring and detection system at a nuclear interim storage facility. It was WAGNER’s first big deal - and even at that early stage, it was the company’s unique approach to delivering fire protection systems - addressing fires before they even started - that sealed the deal.
That deal exceeded WAGNER’s expectations - and Werner Wagner has been determined to exceed his customers’ expectations ever since. Today, WAGNER’s unique fire protection systems have been installed for thousands of clients around the world. With more than 500 employees, annual revenues exceeding $93 million in 2016, dozens of global offices, in-house R&D and engineering and more - WAGNER continues to innovate every step of the way.
Werner Wagner recognized by The Association of Family Entrepreneurs and the Association of Young Entrepreneurs as Family Business Owner of the Year
2014-2015: US & Canada Expansion
New clients such as Preferred Freezer Services - the largest high-bay warehouse in the US - and a leading cold storage storage facility in Canada rely on WAGNER to protect their frozen goods from fire risks with OxyReduct®
2011-2013: Innovations & Awards
TITANUS MULTI.SENS® wins the German Data Centre Award in “Safety and Security” - the second time WAGNER has won this award
Préventica Innovation Prize for OxyReduct® Compact
GIT Safety Award for WAGNER’s VPSA technology, which has been shown to cut energy costs by up to 80 percent
WAGNER’s first fire protection project involving railway vehicles launches in Bayern, followed by profile projects with the Munich Underground, the Algo High Speed Train in Saudi Arabia and the Stadler Aeroexpress in Moscow.
WAGNER starts the development of a technology that meticulously controls oxygen levels in protected areas - stopping fires before they ever start. WAGNER calls it OxyReduct®, and a star is born.
1997: Smoke Detector Innovation
For the first time, WAGNER develops and constructs its own measurement chambers for its new series of air sampling smoke detectors.
1996: The Next Generation Joins
Werner’s son Torsten Wagner joins the business, as the company moves to a larger office in Langenhagen, Germany to accommodate its rapid growth
1994: First To Market: Proprietary Extinguishing Technology
German Association of Property Insurers certifies WAGNER as the first provider in Germany to offer nitrogen as a natural, inert extinguishing agent.