Anderson Automatics has come a long way since it’s humble beginnings in August, 1948, when Carl E. Anderson started the company with two machines and 700 square feet of space. He left Champion Outboard Motors with 2 paychecks and 9 children. His supervisor told him that he would be back looking for his job in 6 months. This comment was his motivation to build his own business and not let that happen. He grew the business right away making shear pins for outboard motors.
In 1952, Carl built a new building on 49th and France Ave. N. This building was 1900 sq. ft. of which he occupied half. He rented the other half to an Indian Motorcycle dealer. Within 2 years he occupied the entire building and in 1964 built another building on the same property adding an additional 12,500 sq.ft.
Carl Sr. decided to sell to his sons in 1972. Jerry and Doug, who had just started full-time, commenced the 10 year buyout. Jerry was President of the Company while Doug was Vice President. Carl eventually retired in 1976.
Jerry and Doug built the building we are now in Brooklyn Park, MN in 1979 with plenty of space to expand. Eventually the building expanded to it’s current size of 62,500 sq ft. Anderson Automatics occupies 40,000 sq. ft. and rents the balance.
In 1990, Jerry was diagnosed with brain cancer. He passed away 2 years later and Doug became 100% owner of Anderson Automatics, Inc.
In May of 1992, Anderson merged with another screw machine company, Carleton Screw Products. Jeff Carleton joined Anderson as Vice President with this merger but left the company a few years later. Doug’s wife Pamela, who had been with the company since 1980, assumed the position as Vice President.
In anticipation of retiring in a few years, Doug transferred ownership to his daughter, Bryna Kleve and his wife, Pamela Anderson in 2013. With this transaction, Anderson Automatics became a Majority Woman Owned Business. At that same time, Bryna became President and Doug became Chairman of the Board. Pamela continued her capacity as Vice President.
In July of 2021, we suffered a sudden, significant loss in the Anderson family with the passing of Doug Anderson. Doug ran this business as his father and brother did, with integrity and passion to serve our customers with “high quality products at a fair price.” The “larger than life” void he has left is an understatement and he is most dearly missed.
The hard decision was made to sell our multi spindle ACME department which was completed successfully in October 2021.
Meet our Team
Bryna Anderson-Kleve has grown up working at Anderson Automatics, Inc., starting at the age of 12, hand packing parts for IBM computers. She has contributed in many different areas of the company since becoming full time including: •data entry •accounting clerk•shipping•scheduling•order processing•machine operator•operations•sales•IT•purchasing•quality
In 2002 she began her position as office manager and CFO. In 2007, Bryna was named Vice President of AAI and D & P Anderson Properties, LLC and in 2009, she assumed the position of Quality Systems Manager on a temporary basis. As our QSM, she successfully led our ISO audit where we received our certification upgrade to ISO9001:2008 quality systems. In 2013, Bryna became part owner of Anderson Automatics and President of the company.
Douglas Anderson 1946-2021
Doug became an official full time employee of Anderson Automatics in 1972 as a recent graduate of the University of MN. With a Major in Economics and Minor in Business Administration, his responsibilities at the time were Cost Accounting and Human Resources. Doug became Vice President Of Anderson, in 1976 and assumed most of the administrative duties of the company. Doug also served as President of Minnesota Precision Machining Association from 1978-1979. In 1984, he took on an active role in sales by managing a few of Anderson’s larger customer accounts. Doug was President and 100% shareholder of Anderson from 1990-2013. In 2013, Doug became the Chairman of the Board and served as a resource to management in all areas.
In 2021, Anderson suffered the significant loss with his sudden passing. The "larger than life" void he has left in an understatement and he is dearly missed.