Elenco Carbide Tool is comprised of a multi-talented
team of tool grinders and designers. With an average level of experience
exceeding 15 years, most of our employees have made their career in
the tool industry. Like the company, these individuals demonstrate
a commitment to the art of manufacturing carbide round tools.
Our diversity of equipment provides us with alternative
methods to tackle difficult tasks – thus finding the best, most
cost-effective, way to develop the intricate and specialized tools
Elenco Carbide Tool Corporation is a successor company of Elkhart
Engineering Corporation, which was founded by German-born Hans Bauer
in 1954 in Plymouth, Wisconsin. During the early years, Elkhart Engineering
manufactured numerous components used by the Zenith Corporation in
As the missile contract ended in 1956, the company
changed its name to Elenco and began building machines that braided
fibers around plastic tubing. The braiding protected the tubing as
well as making it stronger. As more sophisticated plastics developed,
the need for braiding diminished. To diversify, Hans Bauer invented
a machine to measure animal hides for the tanning industry.
In 1968, Hans teamed up with John Kampf and Willy
Stahl and the company entered the carbide cutting-tool business. We
took the name Elenco Carbide Tool Corporation and the management invested
in the most advance machinery available at that time. Under the control
of these three men, Elenco flourished.
Today, Elenco continues to innovate and grow in the
carbide cutting tool business. Our highly experienced staff offers
technical and creative solutions to the difficult machining problems
that you face. As new materials and technically challenging workpiece
designs continue to confront machine programmers, we expect our services
and products to serve you well into the future.
Elenco is located in southeastern Wisconsin next
to the internationally renowned Road
America racetrack. In fact, on racing days we can even hear when
the first car leaves the starting line.
Elenco is a member of the