DACO Precision founded in 1984 as a 50/50 partnership by Randy Weber and Lloyd Kanzenbach. They both worked full-time jobs during the day to be able to continue to support their families and this new venture. They would work at DACO during the night to build tooling and produce parts for their new company/customers. After years of hard work and dedication, they were able to leave their full-time jobs and solely focus on DACO. Soon after, in 1988 they built their first new 4,000 Sq./Ft. building in West Bend, WI. Most of their work came from local OEM accounts and Eye Communication Systems of Hartland, WI. In 1992 a 6,000 Sq./Ft. addition was added. Around the same time, some new larger stamping presses and a second CNC Wire EDM machine was added to their production and tool & die department. Business continued to be strong through the ’90s requiring more equipment and three more additions to the building, totaling 20,000sq/ft.
With the increase in business and their customer base growing, it was clear that they would soon run out of space at their West Bend facility. Knowing this, in 2004 the (2) business partners purchased the building and assets of Quad Tool & Die, which specialized in the design & build of plastic injection and die-cast tooling. The new location was conveniently located 8 miles north of West Bend in Kewaskum, WI on 7 1/2 acres of buildable land which made the purchase very attractive. The existing business was restructured and renamed DACO Precision-Tool. In 2005 MSI General was hired to be the primary building contractor to design and construct a brand new building that would encompass the existing building totaling 64,000 Sq/Ft. In March 2006, DACO moved their entire operations from West Bend into their new building in Kewaskum. Business continued to grow each year at a steady pace allowing DACO to add new equipment and additional services for their customers.
After 32 years of hard work, dedication, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company Randy and Lloyd decided it was time to enjoy the results of their hard work. In 2016 they sold the company to their employees. DACO is now one of just a few thousand businesses in the entire United States to be a 100% Employee Owned Company Randy is still active in the business today. He works on an as-needed basis where he is able to provide his knowledge and support to DACO’s leadership team. Lloyd has since fully retired and enjoys spending time at his cabin in northern Wisconsin.
Randy and Lloyds legacy continues through all of DACO’s employees but especially though Randy’s two sons: Austin and Ross Weber and Lloyds two sons: Jason and Cory Kanzenbach. Austin serves as the general manager and oversees the day to day operations of the company. Ross is responsible for the production/operations of DACO’s shipping, receiving, secondary, and metal stamping divisions. Jason oversees DACO’s tooling and production machining, divisions. Cory is responsible for all maintenance required throughout DACO’s entire operations. The four of them have a combined experience of over 75 years with DACO. They are supported by an excellent team of dedicated employee-owners which has led to great success for DACO.
The company has seen record sales over the past 10 years and continues to re-invest in their people, equipment, and the future just as Randy and Lloyd have always done over the years. This means more opportunities for employee-owners and more offerings to customers. DACO is proud to be a 100% employee-owned company and continues to build off of what Randy and Lloyd started many years ago.