Owned Manufacturing
Since 1966.

Grounded in History,
Focused on the Future.

Carlson Manufacturing Inc, cnc machining, laser.

At Carlson Manufacturing, we strive to offer the best of both worlds:
the capabilities and reliability of a larger Manufacturing corporation coupled with the personalized service of a family-owned business.

Established in 1966

We’ve been in the Custom Manufacturing business for over 50 years.  We have invested millions of dollars in our Training, Equipment and Facilities.  We have decades of experience built right in.  We are ready and capable of handling your project.
Our Laser cutting operation is literally second to none.  We are able to process up to 30,000 pounds of material in a day.   This laser cutting equipment is fully automated, and is capable of running “Lights Out” on an as needed basis.  We automatically measure and load the material, laser cutting all required parts, unloading cut parts and moving them away from the machine.
Our Bending or Forming operations include 4 press brakes with tonnage up to 250 tons of capability, 6 axis capability, and the expertise to know how to use it.  CNC Brakes, loads of tooling, and the experience to get the job done. 
Our welding operations include a highly skilled, certified welding team that will be up to the task of your challenge.  Our Robotic welding department  utilizes both  multi Headstock/Tailstock  positioners, as well as turntables to meet your welding needs.  This means we are competitive on low or high volume runs, and generate the high quality, consistent welding you demand.
Our machining operations include several CNC barfeed Lathes, CNC chuckers, and several vertical Machining Centers with up to 120″ of X travel, AND 4th Axis and 5th Axis machining capability.
Wether you have one project you need manufactured, or scores of items, our experience and capabilities allow us to do a great job for you.
Clients who are looking to consolidate and reduce vendors love us as we have tremendous manufacturing capabilities.
Founder, Emanuel Carlson, recognized a gap in the manufacturing industry. He saw a problem that needed a solution, and he provided it. Starting in the basement of their home in Burnsville, Minnesota, Emanuel and his wife, Opal began to produce the products that customers were asking for at a reasonable price. In doing so, they earned a valued customer that we still service today. Soon they had to add another garage on the family homestead to keep up with demand. It wasn’t long before Emanuel saw the inevitable: the company was going to grow larger than the homestead property would allow.
New property was purchased in 1971 in the community of Kerkhoven, in West Central Minnesota. A new facility was built. Over the years, several additions and new buildings have been added. Additional equipment and capabilities also continued to be added to meet the needs of a growing customer base.
Today, the company has two manufacturing facilities with a total square footage of approximately 40,000 square feet.

Our Goal

It is our goal to deliver exceptional service, add value and exceed expectation.
We make agreement with our clients that we will:
  • Meet our customers’ needs for quality and delivery.
  • Treat our customers the way a good customer deserve to be treated, with honesty and fairness.
  • Do it all at a price that’s fair, too.

CMI offers  a full-service, quality-focused organization with an emphasis on long-term customer relationships.

Today, under the leadership of Warren Carlson, we continue the tradition of quality, service, and reliability on which our company’s reputation was built. Although we haven’t lost sight of the principles on which Carlson Manufacturing was founded, we are looking ahead to new innovations and technologies that can provide our customers with greater quality and cost savings.


To learn more about Warren Carlson

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