About Lake Country
To develop and manufacture high quality, value-added products that contribute to the profitability of our customers. We will continually introduce new and improved products to serve the market’s ever changing needs for buffing and polishing solutions.
Who We Are
Lake Country Manufacturing is a privately owned manufacturer of buffing and polishing products sold worldwide. Our products are sold to the Industrial, PBE, Detailing, and Consumer markets through multiple distribution channels. We are driven by finding profitable solutions for our customers through the development of proprietary products and customized buffing systems. Lake Country currently holds 23 U.S. and international patents, which include the System 2000™ Padwasher, Variable Contact™ (VC) pads, Foam Buffing Ball, Scuff Ball™, and the new 1Pad Polishing System™. We also have several patent applications waiting review including CCS Technology™ and the Kompressor Pad System™.
Our sales and technical team is unmatched in the industry. We have over 60 years of in-the trenches, hands-on experience covering all aspects of body work, painting and buffing in the automotive, marine and aerospace industries. On the PBE side, our guys have work experience ranging from body shops to refurbishing collector cars and airplanes. Our team also includes a professional detailer who regularly works the Barrett-Jackson auctions and served as a judge for the Shine Award at SEMA. Lake Country’s facility and testing operations are set-up to fully utilize these technical resources. For instance, we installed a professional grade buffing station with lighting designed to replicate body shop conditions. We also have a deep knowledge of foam formulations and their buffing properties and currently source foams from manufacturers throughout the world. We use state of the art measuring equipment (gloss meter, etc.) to perform quantitative product and system evaluationsï¿½no guess work here. This superior expertise allows Lake Country to stay on top of industry changes, leading to innovative products and systems for our customers.
In 1977, Jim Schneider purchased the former Milwaukee Tanning company from the Koenchild family and changed the name to Lake Country Manufacturing. Milwaukee Tanning was established in 1883 by the Koenchild family and manufactured 4 main lines of goods: sheepskin apparel, powder puffs, leather dice cups and sheepskin buffing pads. During the first decade of ownership, Jim slowly sold off the other three portions of the company to focus solely on the automotive buffing industry. We moved into our current manufacturing facility in 1989.
Over the past 30 plus years Lake Country Manufacturing has grown to offer a full line of professional buffing and polishing products for the automotive, marine, aviation and composite industries. Our products are now offered in over 50 countries worldwide. Along with our focus on product development, Lake Country Manufacturing continues to invest in upgrading and automating our manufacturing operations.