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Pioneers in Industrial Automation Since 1984

Marshall Wolf Automation, established in 1984, is an esteemed industrial automation distribution company that has thrived under family ownership and is proudly women-owned. Founded over four decades ago, the company specializes in providing top-tier automation solutions, catering to diverse industries, and is known for its commitment to quality, innovation, and exceptional customer service.

An independent and women-owned company since 1984.

Authorized, stocking distributor for a wide range of products from top manufacturers.

In-house technical sales ready to help you find what you need.

Free UPS ground shipping on orders over $100 plus a loyalty rewards program.

Our History

Click a decade to learn about our accomplishments during that time.

1991 Warehouse Expansion

The 1980s: Getting Started


Hans Wolf starts a rep company called Marshall Wolf Associates. His first product line is part of the United Electric Controls electronic line.


Marshall Wolf Associates becomes a consultant rep for Dickson Co. and Omron.


Hans also becomes a rep for ABB and Keyence. The business has outgrown their home, Hans and Kathy buy an old office building on Main Street.


The focus shifts to distribution and Marshall Wolf Automation is incorporated.


Hans and Kathy outgrow the current office building and purchase an old house that they convert into an office. They then build a 5,000 square foot, two story warehouse behind the office.

1998 Company Photo
1997 Newsletter

The 1990s: Growing and Expanding


Once again, the business has outgrown the building. Hans and Kathy purchase the building next door from Century 21 and begin renovations.


Sales and Marketing staff are moved into the new building while Accounting, Purchasing and Warehousing remain in the original office.


Our area code changes from 708 to 847. Back in these days it is a major deal to reprint letterhead, business cards and line cards!

Line Card Through The Years
The Wolf Family

The 2000s: Wolf Meets E-Commerce


www.WolfAutomation.com enters the e-commerce world! It is very exciting to see our first web orders placed online.


The accounting and sales systems are completely overhauled and converted to Microsoft Navision.


We introduce our new logo and switch our corporate colors from black, red and silver to green and black.

2012 Company Photo
2018 Hans

The 2010s: Undergoing Improvements


The Sales and Marketing building is completely renovated to maximize space and streamline operations. Marshall Wolf Automation organizes into three focus groups; outside sales, web advertising and a system integration and engineering division.


The lower level of our original office building is overhauled and now houses our Purchasing and Inventory Management team.


Our conference room gets a makeover and we continue to improve our internal systems, including an upgrade to Microsoft Navision.


Our website is undergoing a complete change and will integrate with our Navision ERP system. We expand our Outside Sales, Customer Service and Inside Sales departments.


Our new website is released, including full integration with our ERP system. Our new site offers our customers an extremely user-friendly experience.


We continue to expand with new product lines. Our systems integration division doubles their space!


Our founder, CEO, beloved mentor and friend, Hans Wolf, passes away. We all pull together to get through and make him proud. A new website is released in September.

2023 Axe Throwing

The 2020s: Continuing the Legacy


We start our ERP integration at the beginning of the year and in March most of our team goes remote due to the unfolding pandemic. We were still able to go live in October 2020 with our new ERP system!


Our offices reopen in July and we are better prepared for remote work when needed. The difficult decision is made to close our UL508 panel shop which then allows us to consolidate and expand our warehouse plus invest in additional stock to offset the longer lead times we are experiencing. We are also working on a brand new design/front end of the website.


Our warehouse, accounting and purchasing departments are relocated to a larger facility with room to grow! We sell our original building (923 South Main Street) and change our mailing and shipping address: 210 Dowdle Street, Suite 1, Algonquin, IL 60102.


We celebrate 40 years in busines! We kick the year off with a logo redesign and, in March, we launch our completely redesigned website!

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