Firl Industries, Inc. and the Fond du Lac Tent & Awning Company have been in business for over 100 years. The plant is located at 321 W. Scott Street in Fond du Lac and supplies various canvas, vinyl, and metal products locally and worldwide. Firl produces industrial items for national and international customers while Tent & Awning serves mostly local and area customers.
Fond du Lac Tent & Awning Company dates to 1898 when the plant was at Eighth and South Main Streets. In 1913, the firm was moved to a site on East Second Street and in 1920 to East McWilliams Street - the site of Canvas Products Company. The business moved in March of 1965 to its present location on West Scott Street.
Officers of the company include John M. Buser as President and Treasurer; and Sandra Buser as Vice-President and Secretary.
The business has 13 employees and during the summer months adds 3 to 5 workers to assist with the tent rental business.
Among major products made by Firl Industries are a line of curtains for various manufacturing applications and various industrial canvas products. A considerable amount of contract sewing is also done. The Tent & Awning part of the business makes boat, camper, and truck covers. Repairs are done on all sorts of camping tents and canvas equipment. A large selection of tents is available to rent for summertime outdoor parties, weddings, and special events. Flags, both U.S. and special types are available by the company.
The Awning division manufactures all kinds of awnings, both canvas and synthetic; as well as porch curtains, and all types of canopies for homes, trailers and mobile homes.
Still other products made in the plant are canvas log carriers, large custom canvas bags for carrying artwork and gym mats.
The factory has about 10,000 square feet of work space, with additional square footage available in a separate building for metal work. A building at 341 West Scott Street was purchased in 1999 adding 3500 square feet and is used for storage of our rental tents, tables, chairs and vehicles.