The CDC Founders Award recognizes a business that has experienced long-term success in Denison and Crawford County. Selection criteria includes longevity (must have been in business at least 20 years) and commitment to community improvement and involvement.
Petersen Manufacturing has experienced much success over the past 99 years they have been in business. Petersen Manufacturing was originally started in 1913 by L.T. “Leslie” Petersen. The initial product was livestock waterers that were poured on site. In fact, livestock watering equipment continues to be a mainstay of the products made by Petersen’s. Petersen Manufacturing has added a number of products over the years including concrete and steel site furniture, fiberglass forms, custom manufacturing, and component parts.
Chris Petersen, the president of the company, returned home to join his brother and his dad in the business in 1963 after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. Chris is an inventor and has received several patents for the company. He served on the Iowa State University CIRAS Board, and on the Board for the Crawford County Development Corporation.
Mike Siemer serves as the company’s vice president, and Christy Siemer is the company’s treasurer. They joined the business in 1983. Both Mike & Christy have been involved in the community as well. Christy has served on the Board of Trustees for Denison Municipal Utilities, and on the St. Rose of Lima School Board. Mike has been a member of the Golf Course Board, and recently Petersen Manufacturing was the sponsor of the West Central Action Agency Head Start program.
Petersen Manufacturing has been recognized by the agricultural industry for their support over the past several years for contribution, participation and sponsorship of various agriculture related trade shows and functions. The company has received the “Outstanding Achievement in Concrete Award” by the American Concrete Institute. Petersen Manufacturing is also a member of the National Precast Association.
Congratulations to this year’s Founders Award winners, Chris Petersen, and Mike & Christy Siemer, Petersen Manufacturing, Denison.