American State Equipment has come a long way since founders Bob Kraut, Bill Kueht, and Paul Kutz opened the company's doors over half a century ago in 1957.
The three equipment-industry veterans, who had worked together before leaving to start their own business, worked from a truck-repair shop behind a gas station on the corner of Highway 100 and Oklahoma Ave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 1959, American State Equipment purchased a larger building with ample surrounding property for future expansion located at 2055 S. 108 St.
OVER FIFTY YEARS...
Over fifty years and three major renovations later, the site is still the company's headquarters, today.
In 1985 American State Equipment consolidated its Madison and Appleton operations into a brand new, fully equipped facility in Wausau. Centrally located within a two-hour drive from western and north central Wisconsin, the Fox River Valley, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Wausau has proven ideal for providing responsive support to its lifting, excavating, general-contracting, material-handling, paving, and industrial customers throughout the company's territory.
Steadily increasing requests from aggregate producers prompted American State Equipment to establish its Crushing and Screening division dedicated solely to recommending, supplying and supporting the rock crushers, recycle plants, screens, wash plants, conveyors, classifiers, and other equipment needed by contractors and the aggregate industry. The new division was established in 1989 in Little Chute, Wisconsin, where it is still located today.
In 1994, American State Equipment once again expanded when it purchased Finkbiner Equipment Co., in Chicago, which provides paving and other construction and material handling equipment to the greater Chicago area and northern Illinois' vigorous construction and manufacturing industries.
AMERICAN STATE EQUIPMENT TODAY
Today, American State Equipment operates four locations:
Its Milwaukee headquarters, which contains the corporate offices and also serves lifting, material-handling, and paving-equipment customers in southern Wisconsin; the Wausau branch office which serves Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan; the Crushing and Screening division in Little Chute; and the wholly owned subsidiary, Finkbiner Equipment Company in Chicago.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
American State Equipment Company is dedicated to being our customers' preferred source for the equipment they need, to be their "Equipment People". To that end we will…
- Deal with our customers, suppliers, and co-workers fairly, ethically, and honestly.
- Recognize our customers' unique needs and develop equipment solutions that satisfy those needs.
- Enhance the reliability and value of the products we supply by providing our customers with outstanding support services.
- Provide real value for our customers and our community.
American State Equipment Company
For over fifty years we are THE EQUIPMENT PEOPLE!