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Fives Giddings & Lewis Celebrates 160th Anniversary with Open House for The Public

| June 10, 2019

Fond du Lac residents and businesses are proud of their local companies and their long-standing history in the community. Many businesses have been in the area for over 100 years employing local residents. I am always in awe of the commitment to the city in way of sponsorship for events and festivals, involvement in our schools and nonprofit organizations and employee assistance in many local activities.

There is no more dedicated company in our city than Fives Giddings & Lewis celebrating its 160th Anniversary. From its humble beginning in 1859 as a lumber equipment job shop, Fives Giddings & Lewis has remained in the same location at the corner of Doty and Rees Street in downtown Fond du Lac. With the demands of the market the company has evolved producing machine tools starting with engine lathes and boring mills. The company played a role in WWI and WWII with the government’s national defense department. Current innovations include Contouring Head and new Vertical Turning Center and Milling Product Lines. It has been part of the Fives Group since 2013.

We are all invited to celebrate this long and proud history at an Open House on Saturday, June 22 from 11am to 2pm. Visitors can take a self-guided tour and enjoy a community brat fry to support the Fond du Lac United Way and Salute the Troops.

I will be attending with my four year old daughter to continue to instill in her a sense of community pride, to say hello to friends and neighbors and, of course, to enjoy our first Wisconsin brat of the summer season! I hope you’ll join me.

Craig Molitor
Destination Lake Winnebago Region

Destination Lake Winnebago Region