Jerry Edquist earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and joined Carlson Tool & Mfg. Corp. (www.carlsontool.com) as a tool and fixture designer 25 years ago. As computer technology began to transform the mold-making industry in the early 1980s, he led Carlson, which was founded in 1958, into the brave new world of CAD/CAM technology for three-dimensional mold cutting.
In the late 1980s Carlson began a senior management transition plan. After a six-year management mentoring and executive development program, Edquist was named Carlson's president in 1994. Today, the Cedarburg, Wis.-based company operates two main facilities totaling 91,000 square feet, plus two satellite service centers, and employs 145 people. It delivers moldmaking, gundrilling, deephole boring and contract machining services globally, as well as product design, mold design and integrated project management.
During his career, Edquist has been very active in the National Tooling & Machining Association at the national and local levels, has been active in various local economic development forums, and serves as a director for Cedarburg-based Ozaukee Bank.