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Boker’s Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Boker’s, a metal stamping manufacturer of precision metal stampings, washers, spacers and shims, reaches its 100thanniversary in 2019. Boker’s will celebrate and honor its valued customers and employees throughout the year and also the opening of their new manufacturing facility.  

 “We are thankful and honored that we have been able to serve our customers and help them be successful over the past 100 years,” said Amy Kersey, CEO/President. “We are also grateful to be able to provide good quality jobs to our dedicated employees.”

Boker’s, founded in 1919 by Vitus Boker and his son, John, started their family business around their first products, an envelope folding machine and a small hand check protector. However, with his tooling knowledge, the enterprise began generating more revenue from manufacturing prototypes and custom parts for automated machinery. As the word spread of Boker's unique process for producing high-quality, short-run, stamped metal parts, demand grew. Vitus quickly found himself entrenched within the stamping industry as one of the pioneers of short-run stampings.  The business boomed and has continued to flourish throughout the years, growing in space and customer base.

In 1968, Boker’s was purchased by four of its employees: William (Bill) Tedlund, Joseph Basara, Chester Engquist, and Joseph Kantorowicz, and was run successfully for many years. In 1986 Bill Tedlund became the sole owner. He continued to lead the business with the Boker’s values and traditions, instilling those principles with his own family.

Today, Boker’s is still a privately held family-owned business, guided by Vitus Boker’s principals of hard work and attention to detail with Bill Tedlund as Chairman of the Board. From starting to help out the family business as children, the legacy continues with Bill’s children Wendy, Amy and Barry as shareholders. Amy Kersey (Bill’s daughter) is the current CEO/President and her sons, Chuck and Tony Kersey as the 5thgeneration at the helm of Sales and Marketing.

Boker’s has manufactured parts for almost every industry and product imaginable: from payphones, coffee makers, medical devices, missiles, mail sorting machines to dental instruments, snowshoes, and aircrafts. Stampings and washers are needed in virtually everything we use or come in contact with on a daily basis. “The parts we make affect everyone we care about, and that’s why delivery of quality components through certified processes are important.” says Tony Kersey, Marketing Manager.

“Our employees and the culture they create are the core of Boker’s long-lasting success,” said Mark Kersey, Vice President. “Boker’s was founded on the principles of hard work, camaraderie and creating an atmosphere where employees feel appreciated and encouraged to grow personally and professionally. Some of us have been with Boker’s for 40-45 years and have worked many different positions throughout our careers. Our culture is very customer-orientated and continues to be one of our greatest strengths.”

Boker’s is currently expanding their manufacturing facility to streamline processes and add capacity as product diversification continues to grow. The new space adds 66,500 square feet, almost doubling their current manufacturing space. “I’m looking forward to getting the new plant up and running,” said Amy Kersey. “This expansion will help us continue to exceed our customers’ requirements into the future without ever losing sight of their needs, nor our team.”

“Our controlled processes coupled with our employee base is what sets us apart,” said Chuck Kersey, Assistant Sales Manager. “Our team works hard and is dedicated to following and continually improving processes. This is the reason Boker’s is successful and will continue to be for the next 100 years.”