Carlson Tool & Manufacturing celebrates 60 years

By KATHERINE MICHALETS - Freeman Staff

August 11, 2018

CEDARBURG - For 60 continuous years, Carlson Tool & manufacturing Inc. has operated as a family business and offered engineering, tooling, drilling and machining services.

“Manufactured items enable the very existence of modern society and yet are often taken for granted,” said Jerry Edquist, president and CEO, in a statement. “We create the backbone of the manufacturing system that produces our modern conveniences. It requires special tooling, molds, dies, and precision machined components. This is a large part of what we do at our facilities, with a workforce of 160 employees and an arsenal of high-tech equipment.”

Carlson Tool & Manufacturing was founded in 1958 by Jerry’s father Carl Edquist. The company began operations in a small rented space in the center of Cedarburg until building at the current site, W57-N14386 Doerr Way, in 1967. The company has been led by Jerry Edquist since 1994. Since he took the helm, the company grew to have two plants with a combined square footage of just over 100,000 square feet. Both plants operate two shifts and employ people from throughout southeast Wisconsin. The company has more than 500 active customers in several markets and international locations.

In addition, the company has continued a tradition of community involvement and has supported many local initiatives, including the Ozaukee Ice Center, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Summer Sounds concert series, The Greater Cedarburg Foundation, The Cedarburg Art Museum, the new St. Francis Borgia grade school and the Cedarburg History Museum to name a few.

“We are grateful that we have been able to continue to operate as a manufacturing business and provide jobs that support families and lead to rewarding careers,” Edquist said. “We would not be where we are today without all of our talented people.”