The History of Allegheny

Allegheny’s story begins over 45 years ago, when John Wagner began building a shredder to out-perform the 7.5 Hp paper shredder that was the most powerful at that time. In 1971, he introduced the first high capacity shredder in the industry – a 15 Hp – paving the way for increasingly powerful machines that led up to Allegheny’s current 300 Hp model. From those earliest days, Allegheny Shredders has been the icon of the shredding industry, widely acknowledged as the world leader in information destruction.

As the originator of high capacity paper shredders and shredding systems, Mr. Wagner has been instrumental in virtually every major development in the industry. His contributions include the revolutionary Auto-Feed System™, Allegheny’s high impact resistant T-18 tool steel cutters, and the industry’s first truly high-performance, complete destruction system – offering a capacity of over 25 tons per hour. Allegheny’s achievements:

  • The first high capacity paper shredder
  • The original Saw-tooth Cutter – aggressively pulls material into the cutting assembly, making the shredder much more productive
  • The Indestructible T-18 Cutter – made of the highest impact-resistant tool steel, designed by John Wagner and expert metallurgists and milled only for Allegheny; withstands the heaviest shock loads and most abusive applications, essentially eliminating cutter breakage
  • The first Automatic Feeding System for high volume shredding systems – allowing 1 operator to do the work of 2 or 3, reducing expensive labor costs
  • Complete Shredding Systems – capable of destroying up to 25 tons of paper per hour
  • Cross-Shredding Systems that utilize a two-stage shredding process (pre-shredder plus main shredder) to produce much smaller, more secure shredded output than conventional strip-cut shredding
  • Off-Loading System for Mobile Trucks ­­– above-ground, two-conveyor system connected to a baler, allowing you to capture valuable recycling profits in one operation
  • Fast-Tip package for our HLS Tipper allows high-speed ‘dump and run’ of documents, saving valuable work time

Tens of thousands of customers worldwide, including the majority of contract shredding services, are enjoying the benefits of Allegheny’s superior equipment and affordable prices. Allegheny is the only company manufacturing an entire line of destruction equipment – High Capacity Shredders, Cross-Shredding Systems, Security Grinders, Product, Plastics and E-scrap Shredders, Horizontal Balers, and Complete Shredding Systems. In addition to the precision, 100% American-made equipment, Allegheny offers expert consulting, from collecting to processing to recycling for a profit.

A division of Allegheny Shredders -– Allegheny Records Destruction – has been providing secure document and product destruction for southwest Pennsylvania since 1989. The facility is equipped with one of Allegheny’s state-of-the-art high capacity shredding systems.

The “Allegheny Way” of doing business has been a major factor in the company’s success these 45 years. Many of the dedicated and knowledgeable employees – including members of the Wagner family – have been with Allegheny for over 20 years and are committed to providing and then exceeding satisfaction for their customers. Allegheny’s expert technicians and consultants offer the best service and support in the industry, building relationships with customers that are as solid and long lasting as their superior equipment!

Visitors are welcome at the corporate factory in Delmont, Pennsylvania, where they can experience firsthand the rich history and strong commitment that motivate Allegheny’s employees to remain the “industry experts.” As the shredding industry moves into an exciting new growth phase, you can be sure Allegheny Shredders will be at the forefront.