Yanke Machine Shop
In loving memory of Ronald C. Yanke, my husband and friend
Honoring our founders Carl and Margaret Yanke
In 1937, Carl and Margaret Yanke arrived in Boise from Wausau, Wis., with $50 and a young family. Carl was a skilled machinist. He soon proved to be a capable business entrepreneur, too, and in 1942 he established the Yanke Machine Shop at 1114 W. Front St. He moved operations to 1501 S. Capitol Blvd. in 1958, then in 1976 to 4414 S. Gekeler Lane, where it continues in business.
After Carl retired, his sons Ronald and Sheldon continued the Yanke philosophy of "No job too big, no job too small." The Machine Shop offers expertise in machining, industrial repair, fabrication and field services. Its customers are from the mining, agricultural, energy, asphalt and aggregate industries, and they can be local, regional or international outfits.
The Yanke families ventured well beyond the Machine Shop. Their businesses have included sawmills, biomass power plants, ranching, mining, real estate and various manufacturing companies.
Over the years, the Yanke Machine Shop and the Yanke families have invested in local and national community assets such as Boise State University, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.
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