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About Us

Quality, integrity, innovation, and the pursuit of continuous improvement

In the complex environment of plastic welding, we are the technology leader focused on a customer-centered approach. We develop solutions that meet the unique requirements of each customer’s application. For customers who know their exact needs, we listen, understand, and deliver a quality product that meets their exact specifications. For customers looking to start from a beginning concept, we foster a consulting relationship, pulling upon our five decades of experience to develop cutting-edge answers to the most challenging welding needs. Established in 1922 as Operadio, we have served several industries and provided time tested technological breakthroughs. We take on distinct challenges, accepting each project as an opportunity to enhance our eye for innovation. We put customer relationships at the forefront of everything we do.

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CEO - Michael Johnston
Michael Johnston
CEO and President

Having grown up through the ranks in our manufacturing environment, nothing excites me more than seeing our customers producing quality products by utilizing equipment Dukane designed and manufactured. Our team being able to assist manufacturers in overcoming their challenges, drives the enthusiasm in our organization, and me.

Michael Breseman
Director of Operations

Manufacturing our world class equipment and tooling to help our customers achieve their goals is the challenge we accept every day. It is very satisfying to have our customers return year after year as we grow together.

Leo Klinstein
Vice President of Engineering and R&D

New Product Development has been my passion and my career path since the early years. At Dukane the engineering team never stops innovating. We find it very rewarding to see how our new products and ideas help our customers to solve their problems and achieve their goals.

Dan Majewski

Having collaborated with many different departments at Dukane, I have learned that our greatest asset is our people. It has always been that way here.  I remember Jack Stone, who ran the company for over 60 years, saying the same thing. I am proud to be a part of an organization that has valued its employees and customers for almost a century.

Employee - Jason Barton
Jason Barton
Director Business Development Americas

Being employed at Dukane for over 20 years, the consistent themes have been fostering a culture of innovation and working as a team to create solutions for our customers needs. Dukane’s commitment to customers and employees has created an exciting workplace environment with which I am proud to be associated.

Jake Kowalewski
Global Marketing Manager

Every day, we look forward to engaging with, educating, and enjoying our colleagues and customers. As we grow and innovate, the foundation of our success continues to be our ability to deliver world class solutions, first- in-class service, a rewarding experience, and be a global partner.   As the “New Guy” here at Dukane, I am excited to showcase these characteristics to our current and future Dukane World.

Russ Witthoff
Director of Sales and Marketing - Asia and Europe

It has been my privilege to be able to help develop Dukane expand around the world and develop into the global company it is now.  It has been a long journey spanning two decades, but a greatly satisfying one.  I feel real joy seeing the excitement of our team members as they work together, learn from each other, and collaborate worldwide.  It’s this great team work that allows us to provide the best products and support for our customers.

Jen Gustafson
VP of HR & Administration

Dukane has been a great place to work for 100 years.  Our teams innovate together with congeniality and energy.  Annual traditions like the family picnic, employee recognition dinner, and local volunteering enhance those relationships. We carry on our founder’s commitment to caring for our employees and perpetuate the family-owned business values the Stones espoused.  It is a privilege to be part of Team Dukane, and it’s the people who make it that way.

Victoria Balitewicz
Customer Service and Inside Sales Manager

The History of Dukane is marked by innovation and as we complete a century of doing business we continue to be the cutting-edge solution providers in the industry which equates to World Class Customer Service.

Inevitably Customer Service is the personality of a company.  And our personality contains drive and passion to be the best every day. I strive to ensure that personality continues to shine brighter and brighter and our customers keep coming back for more!

Paul Cathcart
Tooling & Applications Engineering Manager

Dukane has always fostered an atmosphere of creativity and invention.  This enables us to push the boundary of our capabilities ever outward to develop custom tailored, innovative solutions to solve our customers ever evolving challenges.  This creative atmosphere is also the reason why I take pride in and enjoy the work I do today as much as I did when I started over 15 years ago.  It is also the same reason that my 30+ strong team of applications and tooling engineers all share the same passion that I do for this company.

Featured Locations

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Global Headquarters, St. Charles, Illinois

Dukane Global Headquarters is conveniently located in St. Charles, IL. Dukane is one of the largest employer in the tri-cities area of Chicago’s Western Suburb. St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva make up the tri-cities area.

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Dukane Film & Fabric Technical Center

Fabric & film applications often call for innovative and specialized solutions. That’s why we have a professionally staffed facility dedicated exclusively to fulfilling those needs.

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Dukane Automotive Technical Center

The Automotive Technical center supports the automotive industry in North America and around the world.

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Dukane Mexico

Our Mexico technical center allows us to provide cost effective plastic welding solutions, instant customer service and expedited delivery, to customers in Latin American countries.

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Dukane Czech

Top-notch local engineers, tool designers and other technical staff in the Czech Republic has enabled us to consistently outperform the competition. Our European tool making capabilities have dramatically shortened our delivery lead times.

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Dukane Corporate Headquarters


2900 Dukane Drive St. Charles IL 60174