Ermal C. “Ernie” Fraze

Ermal C. “Ernie” Fraze

Randolph County, Indiana, USA
Death 26 Oct 1989 (aged 76)
Kettering, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Springboro, Warren County, Ohio, USA
Plot Mausoleum #1
Memorial ID 9623 · View Source
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Inventor. Born in Indiana, in the 1940s, he formed his own machine tool business, the Dayton Reliable Tool Company, in Dayton, Ohio. In 1959, he decided to invent an improved beverage can opener to replace the separate "church key" opener. Later that same year, he developed a "pull tab" can opener which was adopted by over seventy-five percent of the beer brewers in America by 1965. He continued to make improvements in beverage packaging with the 1977, patented the first push-in and fold-back tab which is the principal design still used on canned beverages today. By 1980, Fraze's new tab design and machinery to manufacture the can was earning the Dayton Reliable Tool Company over 500 million dollars per year.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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