Boker’s, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of precision metal stampings, washers, spacers, and shims, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. The company was founded in 1919 by Vitus Boker and his son John. The first products to be manufactured were an envelope folding machine and a small hand check protector. However, Boker’s soon began generating more revenue from manufacturing prototypes and custom parts for automated machinery.
Still a privately held, family-owned business, the company has over the years manufactured parts for almost every industry and product, from payphones, coffee makers, medical devices, missiles, and mail sorting machines to dental instruments, snowshoes, and aircraft.
The company currently is expanding its manufacturing facility to streamline processes and add capacity as product diversification continues to grow. The new space adds 71,580 sq. ft., almost doubling the existing manufacturing space.