Our History

Our history spans over 50 years supplying quality steel components and assemblies to diverse industries including agriculture, construction, food processing, oil/gas, data protection, healthcare, and transportation. At EK, we proudly ship our products throughout the Midwest and the U.S. to a worldwide marketplace.

Gary Errthum, our Founder and CEO, wanting to keep his services local to spend more time with his family, started EK in 1970. The small machine and fabrication shop offered customized machining services for local farming, construction, food equipment, and trucking companies. Soon, companies from around the area took notice of the quality work offered by EK and began contracting more complex machining and fabrication services. To meet the demand, Errthum purchased and renovated a former brewery building to accommodate additional machining and welding capabilities. Over the next 20 years, that building grew to over 10,000 sq. ft. to accommodate 20 additional employees and new CNC machining and sheet metal fabrication capabilities.

1990 – 2009

By 1990, EK had again outgrown their facilities in Columbus, WI, and erected a new 20,000 sq. ft. plant in nearby Fall River, Wisconsin. In the following 10 years, the business continued to expand and our facilities grew with it, increasing to 57,000 sq. ft. that now included laser, CNC precision forming, and robotic welding. The EK team also acquired a second facility to incorporate powder coating paint capabilities to its customer offerings.

As business and demand continued to grown, EK took on new employees, continued to expand its capabilities, and, by 2007, the Fall River plant had increased in size to 115,000 sq. ft. with the addition of in-house powder coating and a new, state-of-the-art welding department. New corporate offices were completed in 2009 to keep up with customer service.

2010 – 2020

In 2014, EK fully expanded into the power system protection sector with the completion of a 55,000 sq. ft. Power Products facility, specially designed to accommodate large-scale, heavy-duty power generation equipment.

By 2019, we completed a 51,000 sq. ft. addition to our Power Products facility to meet the growing demand for our generator enclosures, trailers, fuel tanks, and ISO containers. With one of the largest storage yards in the industry, our Power Products facility includes diesel and natural gas testing stations, heavy-duty crane systems, a large-scale enclosure lift, state-of-the-art CNC equipment, and kitting capabilities to meet the needs of our clients, near and far.

To date, our EK team consists of nearly 200 team members across three shifts. We continually invest in capital equipment upgrades and additions and training and professional development opportunities to ensure our facilities and our people are empowered to make the best parts, components, and power system protection products on the market.

Our History

A Proven Track Record of Excellence

Throughout our time serving customers from Wisconsin and across the globe, we’ve been honored with a number of awards recognizing our manufacturing excellence and dedication to the craft. We’re proud and humbled by this recognition and will continuously work to meet these standards, again and again.

Columbus Chamber Of Commerce Manufacturer of the Year
Germania Quality Achievement Awards
Columbia County Manufacturer of the Year Award
State of Wisconsin Manufacturer Award
DeLaval Outstanding Performance Award
ISO 9001-2000 Certification
Monroe Truck Preferred Supplier Award
ISO 9001-2008 Certification
Columbia County Large Business of the Year
Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year “Workforce Development”
 ISO 9001-2015 Certification

Cool Timeline

1970

Gary Errthum founds EK Machine Co.

1980

Errthum updates brewery building and expands to 10,000 sq. ft. and 20 employees.

Errthum updates brewery building and expands to 10,000 sq. ft. and 20 employees.

1990

EK moves to new 20,000 sq. ft. plant in Fall River, Wisconsin

EK moves to new 20,000 sq. ft. plant in Fall River, Wisconsin

1993

EK adds over 11,000 sq. ft. of machining space to the new plant

EK adds over 11,000 sq. ft. of machining space to the new plant

1999

EK builds a 22,400 sq. ft. fabrication addition to the Fall River plant

EK builds a 22,400 sq. ft. fabrication addition to the Fall River plant

2000

EK has expanded the facility to 57,000 sq. ft. Capabilities now include CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, CNC precision forming, laser, robotic welding, and powder coating

EK has expanded the facility to 57,000 sq. ft. Capabilities now include CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, CNC precision forming, laser, robotic welding, and powder coating

2000

EK acquires the Roscoe Powder Coating Company

EK acquires the Roscoe Powder Coating Company

2004

EK expands facilities by an additional 10,000 sq. ft. to accommodate increased machining requests

EK expands facilities by an additional 10,000 sq. ft. to accommodate increased machining requests

2005

Fall River facilities expand to 115,000 sq. ft. and incorporate in-house powder coating and a state-of-the-art welding department

Fall River facilities expand to 115,000 sq. ft. and incorporate in-house powder coating and a state-of-the-art welding department

2006

EK receives ISO 9001-2000 certification

EK receives ISO 9001-2000 certification

2008

EK adds a 3,500 sq. ft. addition for increased production capacity

EK adds a 3,500 sq. ft. addition for increased production capacity

2013

EK receives ISO 9001-2008 certification

EK receives ISO 9001-2008 certification

2014

EK completes 55,000 sq. ft. Power Products facility

EK completes 55,000 sq. ft. Power Products facility

2014

EK is nominated for and wins Manufacturer of the Year

EK is nominated for and wins Manufacturer of the Year

2018

EK expands Power Products facility to 64,000 sq. ft.

EK expands Power Products facility to 64,000 sq. ft.

2019

EK expands Power Products facility to 106,000 sq. ft. with large storage yard, advanced testing capabilities, and heavy-duty enclosure lift systems. EK receives ISO 9001-2008 certification

EK expands Power Products facility to 106,000 sq. ft. with large storage yard, advanced testing capabilities, and heavy-duty enclosure lift systems. EK receives ISO 9001-2008 certification

2020

EK celebrates 50 years in business with 200 team members across 3 shifts

EK celebrates 50 years in business with 200 team members across 3 shifts