1961, Arthur Hilgendorf and Herman Meyer, then employed by Gisholt
Corporation, conceived a design for a Superfinisher (a piece of
machinery used by the paper mill industry) that was superior to
those currently on the market. After their employer rejected this
idea, they left Gisholt and formed Controlled Surface Finishing
(CSF). They began building these Superfinishers and sold them nationally
and eventually worldwide.
In 1967, a local
inventor approached them with the idea of a battery powered automated
feed cart that would feed silage with minimal labor involved. The
idea of the electric feed cart materialized into designs and eventually
into a product that has endured farm abuse for over thirty years,
with 98 percent of carts sold still in operation today. The feed
carts comprised the majority of CSF's sales for the next twenty
In 1971, the
two partners incorporated CSF. In January 1978, Arthur Hilgendorf
purchased Herman Meyer's share of the business. In October 1978,
Arthur Hilgendorf passed away leaving sole ownership to his wife,
Genevieve Hilgendorf. His son, Dennis Hilgendorf took over running
the day-to-day operations of the business. In 1980, the farming
industry took a plunge after a record-setting year in 1979. With
a lack of farm income, and machinery lying idle, CSF Inc., decided
to manufacture components for other businesses. This diversity of
products and services to offset their dependency on an unstable
farm economy proved to be beneficial. In 1981, CSF Inc., expanded
their facilities seven-fold, and entered the factory automation
business. In 1991, Dennis and Elizabeth Hilgendorf purchased the
remaining stock from Genevieve Hilgendorf and assumed complete ownership
of the company.
Today, CSF is
a leading supplier of Automation Equipment and Manufactured Components
for a variety of industries. From the testing of baby pacifiers
to rocket propellant facilities, CSF has a broad range of experience.
Its material handling Power Transport line, under the Hilgendorf
name, helps thousands of people daily move material easily and efficiently.
Check out what CSF can do for you.
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