Zinc Die Casting: History of Deco

Deco Products is the largest stand-alone zinc die casting company in the US. Deco was established in 1960 by the Lake Center Switch Company, primarily an automotive supplier of dimmer switches and other electronics for automotive. The die casting operations were moved to Decorah, which is where they produced die castings, assemblies, and a line of hose clamps. In 1984, the current owners of Deco took full ownership of the company Deco Products and steered away from the automotive industry and catered toward other industries.

Deco is owned by two families, the Hendersons and the Charles. Today, Deco is working with the 3rd and 4th generation owners. Lew Storlie was Deco’s first employee and managed Deco for 50 years until his retirement. His son, Chris Storlie, took over being CEO for the past 10 years. Most of the management team are from Decorah or live in the surrounding areas around Decorah. Most of our employees stay with us and dedicate more than 30 years of service to Deco, creating a close bond between the Deco staff. The reliability and passion from our staff are the reason Deco Products is the largest stand-alone zinc die casting company in the US.Deco Products has been a reliable “Made in USA” zinc die cast manufacturer since 1960. Deco Products provides exceptional service and quality products for a multitude of industries. A few services Deco provides are custom precision engineered zinc die-casting, powder coating, assembly, CNC Machining, and DFM-Part Design. Deco has been a stable and reliable supplier to the industry and continuously strives for being the best value for its key partner/customers.

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