Cancel order we sent you yesterday - - we burned down this morning." So reads a framed letter dated August 10, 1912 which hangs in the office.
But it would take more than a fire to stop the company that was founded near Stengleville, WI around the turn of the century. Four Dufeck brothers; Albert, Jim, Martin and Simon, sold a threshing mill to buy the business from the Albrecht brothers in Kewaunee County. Then in 1912 they moved to Denmark, WI to take advantage of the railroad that had built there.
Besides cheese boxes we have made a variety of products, changing as the market demanded. Originally we sold home building supplies to meet the building boom that Denmark enjoyed in the beginning of the 1900's. Then the men would go "up North" and log in the winter to obtain their supply of logs and timber for the rest of the year. A second generation of Dufeck cousins, Albert and Earl, shifted manufacturing to milk, soda and beer cases and when plastic took over, began making specialized pallets, skids, and industrial shipping boxes for local manufacturing companies. Today our crating travels the world carrying everything from office furniture to hospital beds.
A third generation, Paul Dufeck, started in 1973 and then his wife Jeanette joined him in 1990 as office and sales manager. Today the fourth generation, Andy, has joined the company, keeping it truly a family business.
Production continues today in the two-story factory built after the 1912 fire. The din of the machines, updated, is steady as logs and lumber are turned into finished products. Mountains of logs stacked outside await their turn to be peeled and cut into veneer, which is clipped to size, shaped and stapled while the green lumber is still wet and pliable. The box tops and bottoms, cut from lumber, are not stapled or glued, but are held together by tension making them food safe to age Wisconsin's fine cheddar cheese or gift package your gourmet food product.
Joining the list of wood items are oval, square and rectangle baskets, wine boxes, crates, trays, and bins as well as barrels for display fixtures. If you don't find the size you need, we will create a custom box (minimum of 50) to fit your needs at affordable prices. We also can private label your logo and artwork.
We are proud of our history and the part we have played in the dairy industry of Wisconsin, and we are excited about our futue. Then, as now, we manufacture unique wooden containers for product packaging, at a reasonable price, that are made in America. We are "Quality in Wood!"