120 Years of the “Wolkerstorfer Way”
Growing up in the family finishing business, Steffen and Chris Wolkerstorfer watched their father, Joe, branch out into the aerospace industry about 20 years ago to help grow Wolkerstorfer Co.
The company, located just outside of Minneapolis, has flourished over the years and has become one of the top aerospace finishers in the U.S. Both of Joe’s children saw that the growth at first was slow and tedious, a lesson they learned was simply a part of their business and the finishing industry.
“Some people talk about planting seeds, but around here we plant acorns,” says Steffen, who is vice president for support services. “We know that things don’t happen overnight, and we have to be diligent. That is how we’ve grown this business.”
And grown it has. Wolkerstorfer has a large list of accreditations by the most recognized names in the aerospace, defense and heavy industrial markets, and specializes in surface finishing, painting, non-destructive testing and some of the most intricate masking around.
Aerospace is one of the fastest growing markets for the company, especially with increasing demands for testing in addition to finishing. The company is Nadcap-accredited for nondestructive testing and chemical processing, and works with Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Gulfstream and others on a daily basis.