Founding Stories - McDonough Manufacturing Co. - EST. 1888

Sawmill equipment maker has been based in Eau Claire for all of its 134 years

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Frank McDonough founded a firm to make custom sawmill equipment along the banks of the Eau Claire River in 1888. Soon enough, McDonough was selling his quality equipment to sawmills throughout the Midwest.

When McDonough died in 1904, the directors were prepared to liquidate the company, but when they brought in John M. Kildahl to settle the books; he ended up buying the firm. Ownership passed to John’s son, Jack, and eventually to Jack’s daughter Sue Tietz, the current president and CEO.

Today, her son Matt Tietz is senior vice president and owner. In 1989, McDonough relocated from its original factory on Galloway Street to its current Melby Street home, where it manufactures hardwood milling equipment used in nearly every sawmill in Wisconsin and around the world.

Founding Stories

Eau Claire 150th is presented by:

Market & Johnson
EST. 1948
2350 Galloway St.
Eau Claire, WI

Founding Stories

Founding Stories

Celebrating the respected and long-running local businesses that grew with this community through our 150 years