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Carpenter Bros. marks 75 years.

Since WWI, Carpenter has thrived on providing leading products and technologies, and supporting industry's educational objectives.

The year was 1916 when the two Carpenter boys, Milton and Everett, went to work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the old C.F. Sammond Co., which became the Foundrymen's Supply Company a year later. They were the firm's entire sales force selling to a bustling, but local, foundry industry.

The boys didn't last long, though. They both enlisted in the Army and went off to France to fight the Germans.

They rejoined the company in 1918 and worked so diligently that by 1921 it had become Carpenter Brothers, Inc. Milton was president and Everett, secretary-treasurer. The company's principal product in those early years was a naturally-bonded molding sand mined by hand in nearby Berlin and hauled from the pit in horse-drawn wagons. They also could provide you with foundry goods like shovels at $7.68 each and hand rammers for 45 cents. Bellows sold for about a dollar and rawhide mallets were a buy at $5.75.

That the company prospered is not unusual. The Carpenters, after all, hale from solid, hardworking Yankee stock. The family patriarch, William Carpenter, came from England to this country in 1638, just 18 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and 137 years before the American Revolution. One of his descendants, Alva Carpenter, had two sons, William and Henry, who are numbered among the founding fathers of the American Foundrymen's Assn. in 1896.

As Carpenter Brothers, Inc. celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and AFS looks forward to marking its 100th anniversary in 1996, it is worthwhile to reflect on the past as well as the future. Both Carpenter Brothers, Inc. and AFS have common points of origin in William Carpenter. The same grit and determination of William, who over 350 years ago left the comfort of his home to make the uncertain journey to the New World, are amply evident in the unbroken Carpenter family line down through the centuries to the present. His two descendents, Everett and Milton, had the courage to undertake to build a company in uncertain times and their heirs have made the dream grow and prosper.

Continuity, change and growth are the hallmarks of the past 75 years for the company. Milton Carpenter was president until his death in 1942 and Everett Carpenter succeeded him. Bradley Booth was named president in 1968. In 1963, Everett Carpenter's son, John, joined the firm and, at the retirement of president Booth in 1979, he became president. A third generation member of the Carpenter family, Andy Carpenter, recently joined the firm to carry on the family's close ties to the foundry industry.

Not only has the number of manufacturers represented by Carpenter Brothers grown over the years; the sales territory it serves also has expanded considerably. In the 1950s, two sales relationships were formed that included Wes Potter of the Potter Supply Co. in Minnesota and Chuck Cousineau of L.C. Refractories in Michigan. In the 1960s, they were joined by Ron Jensen of Nor Industrial Supply Co. serving northern Illinois and Iowa. These agent organizations eventually were incorporated as sales divisions of Carpenter Brothers, expanding the company's original service territory to include nine upper Mid-western states.

Headquarters offices today are in Milwaukee, with branch offices in Minneapolis, Muskegon and Detroit.

True to its tradition of support and promotion of technical progress for the foundry industry, Carpenter Brothers has been a member of AFS since its earliest years. The company also holds membership in a variety of other industry associations.

As Carpenter Brothers and the foundry industry move into the next century, both have committed themselves to expand the skills and traditions that have marked the successes of the foundry industry and its suppliers.

Carpenter Brothers personnel have held leadership positions on local and national AFS committees and various chapters. For example, company vice president Tom Davies is the current president of the AFS Wisconsin Chapter. For three quarters of a century, the company has built its reputation for excellence on its dedication to the best interests of its customers and their businesses. It has shouldered the responsibility to provide the products and technologies that build success in the metalcasting industry.
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Title Annotation:Carpenter Brothers Inc.
Author:Carpenter, John E.
Publication:Modern Casting
Article Type:Company Profile
Date:Apr 1, 1992
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