Crenlo Inc.

Crenlo Inc.

Crenlo Inc. a leading manufacturer of Cab and Enclosure products. With over 60 years of experience, Crenlo is known to be among the nation`s largest, most capable and complete sheet metal fabricators. Crenlo is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered steel frame cab enclosures and rollover structures serving major OEM`s in the construction, agriculture, and commercial equipment markets. Crenlo also produces a proprietary line of electronic enclosures under its EMCOR trademark, which serves the commercial, telecom, datacom, test & measurement, broadcast, and security markets. Electronic enclosure capabilities range from standard & modified standard product offerings, to complete custom indoor or outdoor enclosure solutions.

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1600 4th Avenue N.W. , Rochester , MN 55901 USA
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Located in Rochester, MN, Crenlo is a leading manufacturer within the industries it serves. Crenlo’s product offering is divided between two businesses. Each business is well-recognized in their respective markets. Although the products look vastly different, they both draw upon the same skill sets: world class metal fabrication, cutting-edge robotic welding, high-level paint finishes and value-added assembly. These skills are transferrable between products, giving us the flexibility to meet demand surge requirements.

Regardless of the business, our products all have one thing in common. They are born out of a clearer vision, using the latest manufacturing technologies. They are also produced by people with an exceptional work ethic and a commitment to product quality and customer satisfaction.

From our very first product designed and built over 60 years ago, we have become an industry leading company, serving customers in various markets, including long-term relationships with many of the nation’s most respected Fortune 100 companies. We are proud of our heritage and look forward to sharing it with you.

Our mission is to be the preferred North American provider of industry leading product, service, and support solutions, through innovative engineering and supply excellence in an environment of continuous improvement.

Guiding Principles
To ensure continued finical success, pride in our workplace and high morale, we are committed to achieving our mission through adherence to these stated principles:
Safety and integrity are foundational in all we do

We focus on the customer

  • We are responsive and easy to do business with
  • We are solutions oriented

We set high standards for our company and ourselves

  • We are intolerant of mediocrity
  • We accept accountability
  • We make candid assessments of our performance

We have a passion to win

  • Results matter
  • We act with a sense of urgency

Continuous improvement is our path to success

  • We embrace change
  • Continuous improvement is everyone’s job

People make the difference

  • We attract and retain only the best
  • People are evaluated based on their accomplishments and behaviors
  • Personal development is a shared responsibility

We actively and regularly communicate

  • Everyone has an open door
  • We are candid, concise and transparent
  • Debate is healthy and drives better decisions
  • We encourage and expect feedback

We demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit

  • We take initiative
  • We demonstrate a can-do attitude
  • We are creative and innovative

Quality at Crenlo is more than just a final inspection. Quality is fundamental to the entire design and manufacturing process. We employ the latest technologies, we audit quality at every operation and we inspect only with the best of instruments and equipment.

The Crenlo story began in early 1951 when three businessmen purchased a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in northwest Rochester, MN. The three proud new owners — John Enblom, W.W. Lowther and R.R. Cresswell — named their fledgling firm “Crenlo” by combining the first two letters of each man’s last name.

The First Product
Enblom received the company’s first order in July 1951 — 500 tractor cabs for Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria, Ill. During the 50s, the company’s production of tractor cabs expanded to include several Caterpillar models as well as units for John Deere, Shield Bantam and American Coleman. The first non-cab contract came in 1957 when IBM Rochester asked Crenlo to recondition their business machines. That year, the first of many building expansions began with an addition of 14,000 square feet.

Booming Business
In the early 60s, Crenlo became involved in housing and cabinet manufacturing with several contracts from 3M. In 1967, Crenlo was purchased by and became a subsidiary of the General Fireproofing Company (which later became GF Corporation), headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. The company’s growth required a second plant to be built, which is located on the northwest edge of Rochester.

Emcor® Brand Acquired
In January 1975, GF acquired the Emcor brand from Borg-Warner Corporation. Emcor, which stands for Elgin Metal Formers Corporation, was a pioneer in the design and manufacture of standard enclosures for the electronics market. Today, Emcor remains a well known brand in the enclosure market, offering one of the largest selections of enclosure products and accessories in the industry.

Privately Owned
During 1984, GF expressed a desire to divest their interest in Crenlo and redirect their financial resources more toward their core business — office furniture. On August 1, 1985, Crenlo bought out the firm. Over the next several years, Crenlo grew to become one of the largest privately held companies in the state of Minnesota. Continuing the tradition of quality work and attention to detail, Crenlo was formally ISO 9001-certified in June of 1996.

Publicly Owned
On October 4, 1999, the company entered another new era with the sale of Crenlo to Dover Diversified, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corporation. Comprised of 53 different companies, Dover is a multi-billion publicly held international, diversified manufacturing corporation. Under this new ownership, Crenlo has continued to enhance its high standards and has made new advancements in terms of technology, equipment and processes.

Privately Owned
On September 27, 2011 KPS Capital Partners, LP ('KPS') through a newly formed platform, International Equipment Solutions, LLC (“IES”), acquired Crenlo. The IES platform includes an industry leading portfolio of brands and has an exceptionally strong reputation for quality, durability, delivery, product support and product innovation.