MINNESOTA RUBBER Bob Reiss, from the Re-Echo, Summer 2004
Minnesota Rubber began in 1941 as the Wilson Rubber Company
and moved into the Hamilton Building on Walker Street in
George Carlson and Paul Dennison purchased the company
in 1945 and changed the name to Minnesota Rubber and Gasket
Starting with nine employees, the firm grew rapidly under
new ownership. Reaching beyond the military, the
company began providing parts for original equipment
To meet increased production demands, a new 10,000 square
foot factory was built at a location between Wooddale and
Alabama Avenues. This plant has been expanded many
times. George Carlson has been an innovator in making
changes to rubber products and to the way they were
manufactured which would eventually lead to the
establishment of the company's own Machine Design Center.
Paul Dennison died in 1944, and George's son Robert Carlson,
Sr. became President. A tragic plane crash killed
Robert Carlson, Sr. in 1971. George Carlson died in
1972. Luke Sewall and the remaining members of the
Carlson family continued management of the company.
It was thought at the time that Robert Carlson, Jr. did not
have enough experience to be president of Minnesota Rubber.
In 1975, Tool Products became a wholly owned subsidiary and
Robert Carlson, Jr. was made President. He quickly
returned Tool Products to profitability. He became
Chief Operating Officer of Minnesota Rubber in 1977.
Today he is chairman of the Quadian Corporation.
Quadian is the corporate identity for all of the Minnesota
Minnesota Rubber acquired the adjacent old Lincoln School
site in 1979. The site had been used as City Hall,
fire and police stations. These were removed to make
room for a new three story office building.
Today as the Quadian Corporation, Minnesota Rubber has
plants throughout Minnesota, Iowa and the world, including
Singapore and France. The new corporate headquarters
building is located in Plymouth.
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