Company History

It all started with a coinflip.

In 1961, Thomas A. Kundinger and his business partner at the time, Ken Miller, flipped a coin to determine the name of their startup company. The winner would have his name listed first. Miller won, and so began Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering.

The business took shape in the home of Thomas A. and Dorothy Kundinger in Fenton, Michigan. From the beginning it was a family operation.

“I would have been 12 years old at that time, but I was already involved in the business. It was my job to turn the washer and dryer off whenever the phone would ring,” Thomas J. Kundinger, current CEO of Kundinger, said. “My dad would always be on the road traveling because he was the only salesman. I would help my mother unload the trucks and take products down into the basement.”

The home office didn’t last long. The business moved into a building in downtown Fenton in 1963, and shortly after that a brand-new building was constructed along U.S. Highway 23 in Fenton.

“My dad was really a great visionary,” Brian Kundinger, Kundinger Chairman and CMO, said. “He saw the opportunity with U.S. 23 going through Fenton and knew it would be a great place to build an industrial park. He went to the farmers there and started buying up their farm property along the highway.”

Today, the main business district in Fenton, Michigan is the industrial park visioned and developed by Kundinger.

1961

Thomas A. Kundinger and Ken Miller found Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering. Operations started in the Kundinger family basement in Fenton, Michigan.

1963

Miller-Kundinger move the business to a building in downtown Fenton, Michigan, serving customers in Michigan’s industrial “Golden Triangle”.

1965

Thomas Kundinger buys 40 acres of farmland along Highway 23 in Fenton, Michigan to develop an industrial park and build a new headquarters building for Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering.

1968

Operations expand to Appleton, Wisconsin, and the company’s name changes to Kundinger Fluid Power, Inc.

1980

The second generation of leadership establishes roots with company. Thomas J. Kundinger, the eldest of the Kundinger sons, relocates to Wisconsin to oversee Kundinger Fluid Power operations.

1990

A new phase of the Kundinger business is established with the addition of Hydra-Tech Systems, now known as Kundinger Technology Center. This new arm of the business allows Kundinger to take individual vendor products and put them together in a packaged solution for customers.

1998

A new Wisconsin headquarters building is constructed in Neenah, Wisconsin.

2003

A Kundinger Parts and Service Center opens in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2010

Kundinger expands again with the opening of a Kundinger Parts and Service Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

2011

Kundinger celebrates a half-century as a family-run business.

2014

Kundinger Service and Repair Solutions, LLC is formed to offer repair services to customers at a lower cost than a new product.

2021

Now in its third generation of leadership, Kundinger Fluid Power celebrates 60 years of innovation and adaptability.

Thomas A. Kundinger (left) with Ken Miller (right).
First office building for Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering.
Original 40 acres of farmland purchased for the development of an industrial park and new Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering building.
Kundinger Fluid Power’s first branch office in Appleton, Wisconsin
Kundinger family at a tradeshow (from L to R): Thomas J. Kundinger, Dorothy Kundinger, Thomas A. Kundinger, Greg Kundinger and Brian Kundinger
The Hydra-tech building on Elberg Ave. in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Kundinger’s Wisconsin headquarters located in Neenah, Wisconsin.
Kundinger’s Parts and Service Center located at 4313 Taylor Drive, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
A Kundinger technician services a system for a customer.
Kundinger’s commemorative 60th anniversary logo.

1961

Thomas A. Kundinger and Ken Miller found Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering. Operations started in the Kundinger family basement in Fenton, Michigan.

1963

Miller-Kundinger move the business to a building in downtown Fenton, Michigan, serving customers in Michigan’s industrial “Golden Triangle”.

1965

Thomas Kundinger buys 40 acres of farmland along Highway 23 in Fenton, Michigan to develop an industrial park and build a new headquarters building for Miller-Kundinger Sales Engineering.

1968

Operations expand to Appleton, Wisconsin, and the company’s name changes to Kundinger Fluid Power, Inc.

1980

The second generation of leadership establishes roots with company. Thomas J. Kundinger, the eldest of the Kundinger sons, relocates to Wisconsin to oversee Kundinger Fluid Power operations.

1990

A new phase of the Kundinger business is established with the addition of Hydra-Tech Systems, now known as Kundinger Fluid Power Technology Center. This new arm of the business allows Kundinger to take individual vendor products and put them together in a packaged solution for customers.

1998

A new corporate headquarters is constructed in Neenah, Wisconsin.

2003

A Kundinger Parts and Service Center opens in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

2010

Kundinger expands again with the opening of a Kundinger Parts and Service Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

2011

Kundinger celebrates a half-century as a family-run business.

2014

Kundinger Service and Repair Solutions, LLC is formed to offer repair services to customers at a lower cost than a new product.

2021

Now in its third generation of leadership, Kundinger Fluid Power celebrates 60 years of innovation and adaptability.