History was made in the 1920s when Andrew Keiding, a chemist by trade, began making paper mache flower pots in his kitchen. He sold these floral containers, made from old newspapers and wax, to local churches. Demand for the pots grew, and in 1934, seeing an opportunity, Andrew Keiding filed a patent for Molded Paper Article and the Art of the Manufacture Thereof. In 1939 Andrew Keiding founded Keiding Paper Products Company – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the history of manufacturing heavy-wall molded pulp/molded fiber in the United States was born.
When Keiding Inc. was growing too big to stay put, we considered moving to a larger site in the south; but the benefits of staying in Milwaukee far outweighed the costs. Remaining near Wisconsin’s strong paper industry proved to be essential as cardboard is one of the primary materials we use to manufacture our molded pulp. Aside from that, many families of our employees count on Keiding Inc. for their livelihoods, and we didn’t want to let them down.
Milwaukee’s industry continues to grow, and Keiding Inc. is just one example of a manufacturer who found success in this incredible city. The Shepherd Express recently highlighted our expansion as evidence that Milwaukee remains a manufacturing powerhouse and will for years to come.
It was a great honor to be featured in the Shepherd Express along with many other exceptional Milwaukee companies. To read the Shepherd Express article featuring Keiding Inc., visit https://shepherdexpress.com/news/features/making-it-in-milwaukee/.