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1988

Successful entrepreneur, Lloyd Everard, and brilliant engineer, Bill Wridge, team up to develop their concept of a computerized mat cutter (CMC). The first CMC is created and successfully deployed in Everard’s company, U.S. Mat.

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1994

Wizard International, Inc. is founded by Everard and Wridge as a way to bring CMCs to the independent custom frame shop. Wizard introduces the CMC Model 5000™, and Wizard’s CMC Rental Program revolutionizes the custom framing industry.

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1997

The first CMC is introduced in Germany. Wizard places its one-thousandth CMC Model 5000 into service.

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1998

The Wizard CMC Purchase Program is introduced.

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1999

Wizard’s Mat Designer™ software is released, and the first CMC is introduced into Australia.

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2002

Brian Wolf, CPF, GCF joins Wizard as “Artistic Ambassador”, and establishes Wizard’s educational programs for custom framers. Wizard celebrates the placement of its 3,000th CMC Model 5000 into service.

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2003

The Wizard™ CMC Model 8000 is introduced, and Wizard of Europe officially opens in Ellenberg, Germany.

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2004

Wizard places its 1,000th CMC Model 8000 into service.

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2005

The Wizard™ CMC Model 8500 is introduced, and Wizard’s Integrated Framer® Visualization software is released.

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2006

Wizard acquires Eclipse CMC manufacturing company.

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2007

The Wizard™ CMC Model 8500e is introduced, and the Decorative Debossing Cartridge Package is released.

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2008

The Wizard™ CMC Model 8500e with SwitchBlade Technology (SBT) is introduced. Integrated Framer® Retail Management software is released, as well as the CutArt™ Volume-1 library.

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2010

The Wizard™ CMC Model 9000 is introduced.

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2014

The Wizard™ Pneumatic Material Cutter (PMC) is introduced.

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2015

Wizard’s releases its next generation mat design software suite: FrameShop Design, Visualize, and Cut.

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2016

Wizard's next generation production-optimized CMC, the Eclipse™ Flex, with full vacuum table and cutting speeds of up to 40” per second is introduced.

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2017

The Wizard 9000z CMC is introduced, featuring its new SmartClamps™ clamping system designed to enable edge-to-edge cutting and eliminate edge waste created by traditional clamping systems.

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2018

Wizard introduces its newly revamped brand, and launches an entirely new look for the company and its entire product line. Wizard also launches a new CMC maintenance and support program called “Wizard Premium Service” offering three affordable coverage plans: Basic, Essential, and Ultimate.

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2019

Wizard celebrates 25 years in business and over 10,000 CMCs placed into service by creating a one-of-a-kind “Silver Anniversary Special Edition” of the Wizard 9000z. (This machine was given away to one lucky customer at a 25th Anniversary party given to honor Wizard’s loyal customers.)