Edstrom designs and manufactures product solutions that improve efficiencies in various markets throughout the world including pharmaceutical, educational, governmental, biotechnology, and agricultural. Based on the premise of simplifying necessary tasks, Edstrom was founded in 1969 after inventing automated water delivery for small animals. Edstrom offers a diverse scope of products that includes automated drinking water systems, environmental monitoring with light control, water treatment and purification systems, and livestock watering and cooling. Drawing from years of experience, we can create solutions to your most challenging scenarios. By developing products that heighten efficiency, protect animal health and preserve research integrity, we make life a little bit easier for our customers.

Company details

819 Bakke Avenue , Waterford , Wisconsin 53185 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Software vendor
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Livestock
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)


Where we started
The concept of providing drinking water to animals automatically was born from creative thinking, engineering wit, and a desire to make a difference. In 1969 Bill Edstrom Sr., a mechanical engineer at an automotive company in Milwaukee and a chinchilla hobbyist, knew it was time for a change. And that’s when he invented an apparatus that would enable the automated delivery of clean, fresh water to animals living in cages. Within a year, Edstrom entered the laboratory animal market by introducing a watering system designed specifically for this industry.

By the 1980’s Edstrom was a recognized name in the laboratory animal vivarium and made the move to expand to the agricultural industry with the launch of unique watering and cooling systems for swine. The 1980’s also saw Edstrom introduce a ground-breaking environmental monitoring system for the vivarium, known as Watchdog. In the early 2000’s, Edstrom established sales and service representation in Europe to accommodate it’s growth internationally.

Today, we are known worldwide as a leader in the design and manufacture of automated animal drinking water systems as well as providing products in water purification, access control, light control, environmental monitoring, and animal and vivarium management software.

The Edstrom Standard
Edstrom continues to stride forward, garnering statewide awards including the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award for 2011 – in addition, obtaining our certification to ISO 9001, various health and safety programs, and for taking green initiatives to new levels with several successful in-house campaigns. We’ve also been an active participant in our community, devoting time and talent to several local organizations.

In February 2012, Edstrom was awarded the coveted Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Prize for manufacturers in the medium (100-299 employees) category amid a field of 52 nominees.

Edstrom is also one of only eleven companies in the entire state of Wisconsin to receive the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award from OSHA. The award honors companies that operate superb safety and health management systems, and who maintain an injury and illness rate below the national average for their industry.

Hand in hand with the ongoing commitment to manufacturing excellence, Edstrom believes that fostering a 'Green' disposition minimizes our carbon footprint. Our electronics recycling program has netted 1,600 pounds (726Kg) of recyclables, and our lighting conversion program saved over $62,000 in energy costs since its inception in 2008. Other programs currently in place address chemical and water recovery and discharge, transportation and logistics, and in-plant energy usage. Because we manufacture all of our products in-house, Edstrom is uniquely capable of controlling our green initiatives as well as our product quality.

And finally, our ISO certification is the end result of Edstrom managements’ commitment to make our customer the focus of everything we do. Our adoption of ISO 9000 standards assures customers in the pharmaceutical, academic, government and biotech fields worldwide that comprehensive quality systems are in place within our organization.

Dedicated to helping people live better and longer lives.
Founded on quality and a strong commitment to the customer, we deliver high value products and services to research facilities worldwide.
Our values clearly communicate what we stand for, what can be expected by our customers, suppliers, employees, and what we expect of ourselves.

  • Accountability - Take full ownership of your actions and their results
  • Respect - Care for people, communities and our environment
  • Integrity - Be honest, ethical and do what is right
  • Safety - Ensure the well-being of our employees and customers
  • Involvement - Be dedicated, flexible and engaged in what we do

Quality Standard
Edstrom prides itself on the quality of its product and services. Having implemented a quality management system that integrates the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard and the benefits of lean manufacturing. Our processes are designed with continual improvement in mind and customer satisfaction as the ultimate goal.

Our quality objectives align with our company values by placing emphasis on customer satisfaction, employee safety, and cost of poor quality.

We have checks and verifications at each step in our manufacturing process which ensures that products are of highest quality when they get to our customer facilities.

Our latest ISO 9001 certification is to the 2015 standard.