In 1955, Ken Kreuter had been working in the controls industry for a couple of years and felt it was time to begin his own business.
Mairco Controls was formed that year in Goshen, Indiana.
When, sometime later, Mairco was acquired by RobertShaw Controls, Ken found himself heading up their Midwest Design Center.
He continued in this capacity until 1970.
In that same year, Ken moved his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba and established Kreuter Manufacturing Company.
In these early years, KMC products (including damper actuators, pneumatic-electric switches, and logic relays) were marketed through private label contracts. Four years later, the entire operation was moved to Minnesota.
The KMC product line was expanded to include variable air volume (VAV) controllers and actuators, and soon KMC became the leading private label supplier to some of the world's top control manufacturers.
In 1978 the company moved manufacturing operations to New Paris, Indiana.
It was then, as it remains today, a privately held corporation.
In 1989, the research and development side of the business (then known as
Kreuter Engineering) made the transition from Minnesota to Indiana as well in
order to consolidate all company operations. During this time, KMC acquired the
key design and production personnel necessary to meet the extraordinary
developmental and quality control standards that are required of top OEM
suppliers. In addition, the little facility in New Paris, expanded from an
initial 4,000 to nearly 100,000 square feet during these years.
In 1995, Kreuter Manufacturing Company Inc. began doing business
as KMC Controls, a name change that was more related to the industry we serve.
Members of the Kreuter family continue to make valuable contributions to the
corporation in such varied positions as engineers and support personnel.
During this time of great change, a transition in leadership was unnecessary,
however, as Wayne Kehler was already leading KMC as President. Under Wayne's
direction, we began marketing products internationally through temperature
controls wholesalers and a network of authorized installing contractors in
1996. These added distribution channels helped KMC better focus on the needs of
users and business partners and brought about a new era of growth and
In 1997, KMC Controls earned ISO 9001 certification. This allowed an immense
development effort to create a complete line of DDC (Direct Digital Control)
devices. However, KMC remains committed to providing a complete line of analog
electronic and pneumatic controls. As part of a company-wide reorganization,
further resources have been added to ensure that KMC can meet the demands of the
We continue to grow with a successful legacy, a solid financial foundation, an
experienced staff, and an excellent outlook.