About Us

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What began as a holding company in 1993 has grown into a full-scale metal and plastic contract manufacturing company with facilities across North America. Today, Tenere has entered a new era of growth and continues to excel in beginning to end manufacturing solutions for OEM's.

Our Story

Our story began before Tenere, when Hansman Industries was founded in 1946 and Progressive Tool & Design was established in 1977. Tenere was formed in Wisconsin through the acquisition of both companies in 1993 and continued to grow with the acquisition of Denver Die and Molding (est. 1970), a Colorado-based plastic injection molding company. We then opened a sales office in Wisconsin in 2008, catching the attention of The Watermill Group who acquired Tenere in 2012.


With The Watermill Group at the helm, Tenere experienced rapid growth in just a few years. Tenere acquired Colorado companies Protogenic - a 3D printing service bureau - in 2013, and Mountain Molding - a plastic injection molder - in 2015, and transformed our plastics operation by consolidating our 3 plastic manufacturing facilities into one brand new, larger facility in 2016. We also opened a new soft tool sheet metal fabrication facility in Monterrey, Mexico in 2016, marking our first venture into international markets.

Our Mission

We serve our customers by using our expertise to create critical manufacturing solutions

Core Value

Safe Working Environment

We work safely and go home safely every day.

Core Value

Customer Success

We are driven to provide our customers with exceptional service.

Core Value

Continuous Improvement

We constantly improve our performance through innovation and analysis.

Core Value

Employee Development

We create a fulfilling work environment and maintain high standards of integrity and respect.

Core Value


We collaborate seamlessly with shared core values and goals throughout the organization.

Core Value

Shared Success

We recognize sustained growth and profitability are essential to the health of our company.