When Verne Wiley channeled his entrepreneurial spirit in 1982 to create Wiley Metal, a custom fabricating company, he did so with a value for serving customers and his hometown of Marion, Indiana. These values were also shared by Verne’s sons, Ed and Rob, who joined the company after graduating from Miami of Ohio, and Purdue University.
“Dad was a visionary in a lot of respects and he was inspired to apply his industry experience into creating a niche business that would focus on providing quality product consistency for a wide variety of client uses,” said Ed Wiley, President and co-owner. “His core philosophy allowed each of us to develop the business over time and be reflective of the industry environment. Marion was no different than a lot of smaller rust belt cities in the Midwest at that time. It had seen its share of manufacturing decline and there was certainly a sense of purpose towards creating and helping to build a business that contributed economically to our hometown.”