Western Wire Products Company has been a "family business" even before its 1914 incorporation in St. Louis, Missouri. Its origins date back to 1907 when the uncle of the company's founders invented a machine that made woven wire fabric. The patent on this machine is considered by some historians to be the original precursor to today's chain link fence.
The 1907 woven wire was made into door and bar mats and sold door-to-door by family members. Soon the woven fabric was used as a bed spring, marketed by the "Great Western Wire Fence and Manufacturing Company." "The Never Sag Knitted Wire Bed Spring" gave a lifetime guarantee and became part of the furniture lines of several St. Louis stores and national wholesale hardware companies.