Medalcraft Mint Inc. has been a Wisconsin-based company since its founding 1948. What began as a two-man collaboration in an old blacksmith shop has evolved into a world leader in the die-struck award and custom challenge coin industry.
Orlo Christensen and Gordon Thorson paired their entrepreneurial and experimenting natures to found what was known originally as the West Shore Manufacturing Company. The company operated in the lakeshore community of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, for 27 years before moving to Green Bay under then-owner Tom Tadych in 1975.
John Gregg, previously a management consultant to Medalcraft, was hired as president in 1987, and Ron Chimenti purchased the company in 1996. Current owner and CEO Jerry Moran bought Medalcraft Mint in 2007 and introduced improvements such as Lean Manufacturing processes, and web-based inventory and order management systems.