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About Kondex

A Global Manufacturing Partner Focused on Quality

Kondex is a manufacturer of cutting and wear-resistant components. Our products are currently in use on six continents, demonstrating that our reputation for quality and reliability transcends language and geographical barriers.

By using advanced manufacturing technologies and design innovations, you’ll gain significantly improved product life and strengthened functionality. For our OEM customers, this elevates market share; for end users, it extends the life of their machinery. With the majority of our products agriculturally based, these efforts support our mission of helping to feed and fuel the world.

Kondex's sister company, Res Manufacturing Company, provides metal-stamped components and subassemblies. Learn more at

Company Highlights

Old building
1974 – Company Founding

Kondex was established on July 9, 1974 in West Bend, Wisconsin. Founders Jim Wessing and Ben Braunberger were motivated by a desire to respond to what they saw as an important market need - a reliable source for high-quality agricultural cutting parts. The company relocated to Lomira, Wisconsin on January 1, 1975, occupying an old canning factory (pictured).

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1982 – New Ownership

Kondex was purchased by DLSM, Incorporated, a Milwaukee-based holding company. Kondex benefited from the acquisition and DLSM supported future growth. Associates became more involved in the decision-making process through the introduction of teams.

clock with plaque reading 1998 Governor's Waste Reduction and Recycling Award
1998 – Environmental Accolades

Kondex was an early adopter of environmental responsibility. In 1998, the Company received this Governor’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Award from former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson for its reduction of wooden pallets by utilizing returnable containers. The clock award itself is a symbol of environmentalism. While it looks like granite, it is actually made from a composite of newspaper and soybean by-products.

Golf course green
2002 – Improving Turf Care

Kondex began manufacturing components for the commercial lawn and turf industry. Its ability to deliver consistent quality allowed for growth across varied product categories and goods manufactured for multiple original equipment manufacturers. Learn more about these products.

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2003 – Quality Commitment

Kondex became ISO 9001 certified for the first time. We’ve maintained and renewed this internationally recognized quality distinction to the latest standards ever since. Learn more about our ISO 9001 certification.

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2007 – The Big Move

Kondex built and moved into its current facility location on Technology Drive. Associates marched from the downtown location to the new building, led by the Lomira High School marching band.

Kondex staff holding up a green ISO 14001 flag
2009 – Green Manufacturing

Kondex gained ISO 14001 certification for its environmentally friendly practices. The Company continues to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint and holds the latest ISO 14001 standard to this day. Learn more about this Environmental Management System.

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2010 – Laser Technology

Kondex began offering laser cladding to enhance the performance and longevity of customers’ products. We’re now masters in the craft, and driving innovation and technology improvements. Learn more about this technology and our advancements.

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2011 – Facility Expansion

An addition to the manufacturing plant came in response to continued growth and success. This 40% expansion to the facility’s footprint supported improved workflows, added equipment, and increased production.

Kondex representatives accepting award
2017 – Supplier of the Year

Kondex was named John Deere Supplier of the Year for its dedication to providing outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement. Learn more.

Robotic equipment
2018 – Automation Advances

Kondex integrates several additional automation projects throughout its manufacturing processes. These advancements enabled associate development into programming roles, while improving safety and quality commitments.

Keith Johnson and Jim Wessing
2019 – Leadership Transition

Kondex leadership transitions to Keith Johnson as President and Jim Wessing as Vice President.

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2019 – Supplier Innovation Recognition

Kondex earned a Supplier Innovation Award for 2019 in recognition of the advancements of its Kondex Revolution™ concaves. Learn more.

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2022 - Continued Growth

A second addition to the manufacturing plant brings much-needed space for future growth, as well as a new, state-of-the-art heat treatment system.

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