About Us


Mission Statement

To develop 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.

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, Paint, Body and Equipment (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 27 U.S. and international patents, which include the System 2000™ Padwasher, System 3000™ Padwasher, Scuff Ball™, CCS Technology™ and Tufted Foam™.

Technical Expertise

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.  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 evaluations, no 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.

History

In 1977, Jim Schneider purchased the former Milwaukee Tanning company from the Knoernschild family and changed the name to Lake Country Manufacturing.  Milwaukee Tanning was established in 1883 by the Knoernschild 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 portions of the company to focus solely on the buffing industry.  The business started in a 10,000 square foot building in Merton, Wisconsin.  Due to continued growth we have moved twice since then.  In 2014 we moved into our state of the art 82,000 square foot building located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Lake Country Manufacturing Headquarters: State of the art 82,000 square foot building located in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

In the last 40 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 to provide the highest quality and consistent products on the market.