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Vincent Tool – Focused on Manufacturing in Chippewa County
Photograph to left: Kenny Skar, Owner & Tooling Manager, Vincent Tool
Manufacturing is alive-and-well in the Chippewa Valley. And, one of those growing local manufacturers is Vincent Tool located within the Lake Hallie business development area. As a state-of-the-art custom injection mold base manufacturer, the staff at Vincent Tool needs to remain on the cutting-edge of technology and processes. With an eye on the future and growing the business, Vincent Tool shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Kenny Skar is the owner and tooling manager of Vincent Tool. “Currently, we have 16 employees. We recently started an off-shift and have plans to hire an additional 2-4 skilled machinists within the next 12 months,” Kenny said. The staff builds many types and sizes of mold bases with the use of modern CNC machining centers and up-to-date computer software from 3D models. Because of a strong focus on injection mold bases, the staff members have become experts in the unique ability to excel in producing the highest quality, most-competitive priced and on-time mold bases within the United States.
“We are really proud of the technology that we use here. Our team members use computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to program high-quality, CNC milling and grinding machines,” Skar said. “The majority of our products are shipped regionally, but some do travel throughout the world,” he continued.
While finished products may travel outside the Chippewa Valley, Skar is proud to utilize home-grown talent when looking for employees. “The Machine Tool program offered at the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is a large reason for the manufacturing success and continued manufacturing growth in the Chippewa Valley,” Skar said. When it comes time to hire new employees, Skar looks no further than the program graduates from CVTC.
During its thirteen years of existence, Vincent Tool has grown steadily due to assistance from several agencies, including Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). “We have worked with CCEDC on a variety of different items throughout the course of our business,” Skar said. And, Skar wouldn’t look anywhere else to locate the business. “Our largest customer and its founder are located in the Chippewa Valley,” he continued.
Even though being an entrepreneur can be challenging, Skar believes that opportunities abound for those that are driven and diligent, especially in the manufacturing sector. “I would advise people to keep looking for advancement in technology, reach out to local schools to encourage more industry, and continue to help promote manufacturing trades,” Skar said. “I really feel that the manufacturing industry will continue to grow in the Chippewa Valley for years to come,” he concluded.
Photograph to Left: Brent Knutson, CNC Machininst, Vincent Tool