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William Bernau in 1929 launched Innovation Technology Machinery as a one-man shop whose production equipment included blacksmith forges to make tools for manufacturers. Today, nearly 100 years later, the Schertz-based company employs cutting-edge production processes for factory automation, robotics, tooling, precision machining and other services.
Bernau ran ITM as a sole proprietor for 40 years, at which point he sold the business to Horst Fleck, an uncle by marriage. Fleck also operated the business as a small machine shop, until he sold it to the third owners, Klaus and Charla Weiswurm, in 1976.
Klaus expanded the business, creating an engineering department, a bigger machine shop and additional assembly workers. In addition to overseeing ITM, the couple was also instrumental in the formation of the Comal Public School Foundation, where Klaus served as chair for many years. And as many ITM employees had college age children, the Weiswurms set up a scholarship program to provide financial assistance, while also making donations to many Texas universities and colleges.
Ian Weiswurm, Klaus’ son, joined the company in 2009 as a project manager. He worked his way up to chief operations officer and in 2019 Ian replaced Klaus as CEO. Ian brought an entirely new perspective to the business by implementing large systems and robotic integration to the existing design work being done. The company in 2013 expanded its original 20,000-square-foot facility with an additional 15,000-square-foot building to support its growing customer requirements and increasingly larger and complex production systems.
Today the company serves clients in a number of industries, including aerospace, automotive, agricultural, food processing, pharmaceutical and medical. All engineering, manufacturing and assembly takes place at the Schertz headquarters, while the completed equipment gets installed throughout the world, including the United States, Germany, South America, China, Korea and even outer space and under the sea. ITM has worked with such notable companies as Toyota, H-E-B and Caterpillar.
Last year, Ian purchased the company, with Klaus and Charla remaining in advisory roles, making Ian the first second-generation owner in the company’s history. Now with nearly 40 employees, ITM continues to grow and innovate, which Ian said requires special leadership.
“This is not simply the continuation of manufacturing a product for a number of years,” he said. “Instead this is the creation of equipment or devices used by ITM’s customers to manufacture their product in an ever-changing and increasingly complex production world.”

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