About Us

about our company

In 1880, Aaron Carlson was in his twenties and immigrated to Minneapolis from Varmland, Sweden through Norway and New York.  He moved to Minnesota and started to work in lumber camps in Stillwater. Ten years later, he decided to start his own woodworking company and in 1891 Aaron Carlson Company, also known as Aaron Carlson Sash and Door Company, was founded. At the beginning it had only 6 employees and at the most successful, 150 employees. Carlson preferred to hire Swedish carpenters, where he would even recruit men from Sweden and promise them jobs with good wages.


Over the next 125 years, Aaron Carlson Corporation has excelled in custom mill work.  Reducing costs through innovation and design collaboration.  While doing this we also build strong relationships and exceed our customers’ expectations by delivering exceptional service and beautiful finished products.  Here at Aaron Carlson, we take in pride in our creative, technical and planning process when it comes to each project so that we can make your dream a reality.  You imagine it, we build it.

Our heritage

1891 Aaron Carlson Corporation opened their doors and started out with only six employees
1895Aaron Carlson moved to their new location in Northeast Minneapolis where we are still located today
1930With Aaron Carlson being very involved in the Minneapolis community, he was awarded the Order of Knighthood in the Royal Order of Vasa on behalf of the King of Sweden for his service to the Swedish people
1945In 1945, Aaron Carlson Corporation received the Army/Navy Excellence Award for shipping approximately 30 million board feet of components to the battle front
1995Ownership of Aaron Carlson Corporation changed from Aaron's grandsons, Paul & Aaron, to Al & Diane Horner
2007Al & Diane's son, Jason took over as President with a focus on national growth to survive and thrive through the recession
2015We have taken on high profile jobs this year such as the Minnesota State Capital and the new U.S. Bank Stadium, Home of the Vikings
2016Celebrating 125 years of creating beautiful millwork