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Wood-Mizer Founder, Don Laskowski, Passed Away

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wood-Mizer Founder, Don Laskowski, Passed Away

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Wood-Mizer co-founder Don Laskowski. On May 30th, 2020, Don passed away at the age of 89.

Don, alongside co-founder Dan Tekulve, was responsible for inventing the thin-kerf portable sawmill that led to the establishment of Wood- Mizer in 1982 in Indiana. Throughout the foundational years of the company, Don had a hand in engineering and marketing a variety of products for Wood-Mizer. Under Don’s leadership, he expanded the company globally into Koło, Poland which serves today as the Wood-Mizer European Headquarters.


Don lived his life with a passion for improving the lives of others by providing support through generous donations in his home community of Indianapolis, Indiana and around the world.



Wood-Mizer honors Don for his many years of service to our company and to others. His legacy lives on through Wood-Mizer and the more than 80,000 sawmill owners throughout the world who have achieved their dreams of building a project, business, or helped someone in need using a Wood-Mizer sawmill.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Laskowski family.




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