History of Bernzomatic


We believe in carrying the torch passed by our founder, Otto Bernz, in 1876. His quality craftsmanship and progressive mindset are what got us here today.

Inventor and craftsman Otto Bernz founds the Otto Bernz Co. in Newark, N.J., to sell plumbers’ tools, furnaces and torches.

He calls his gasoline torch the “Always Reliable,” setting a standard for quality and durability that lives on today.

The company relocates to Rochester, New York and changes its name to BernzOmatic.

The first propane torch and fuel cylinder is developed.

BernzOmatic propane-powered products include torches, cook-stoves, lanterns and portable heaters.

BernzOmatic product line expands to include:

Fire extinguishers, charcoal fire starters, heat and smoke detectors, “Bernz cutters,” tire inflators, refrigerators, charcoal grills, insect foggers, hand tools, including adjustable wrenches, pliers, drivers and socket sets

BernzOmatic purchases the Birds-Eye plant in Medina, New York.

BernzOmatic becomes a division of Newell Rubbermaid.

BernzOmatic is acquired by Worthington Cylinders.

Worthington Cylinders, the leading manufacturer of hand torch cylinders, provides a single source for fuel, torches, solder and plumbing accessories.


Otto Bernz’s passion for craftsmanship and creation burns on as Bernzomatic tools empower professional tradesman, DIYers, artisans, adventurers and creatives with the tools and inspiration they need to take on new projects and redefine what they can achieve.