About Us

GENERATION AFTER GENERATION

Our story

Over one hundred years ago A.P. Green passed through Ellis Island, New York on his journey from Sweden. Upon arrival A. P.’s last name was changed to Carlson because he was the son of Carl Green. This was common due to the fact that there were translation barriers where people were given the names that were the easiest to deal with at that time.

A. P. was a handyman in Sweden but when he arrived in America he landed his first job in a harness factory. After being in Duluth only a few years he bought a general store on the Southeast corner of 46th Avenue West and Grand. Along with operating the store, A.P. also ran the West Duluth Post Office from that site. Later as his entrepreneurial skills grew, he expanded his store to a second location in New York Mills, Minnesota.

A.P. was invited to travel to Winnipeg to visit one of his friend’s from Sweden who was working for the first plumbing company in that area. This newfound industry inspired him to send his oldest son, Walter, to learn all that he could about plumbing. Walter was only 13 at the time but he was a big, strong boy and a fast learner. Walter returned to Duluth after a year to teach his younger brothers, Cliff, August, Art, Glen, and Albert what he had learned. In 1905 they formed Carlson Bros. Plumbing and Heating of West Duluth. They started out small but during those early 1900′s construction was booming, and their company grew fast.

When World War I broke out all the boys went off to fight except for Cliff and Art. They stayed back to take care of the family businesses. When they returned from the war, the Great Depression hit and the boys decided to break-up into smaller more manageable plumbing companies. They were Walter Carlson Plumbing and Heating, Carlson Duluth Company and a few years later Albert Carlson Plumbing and Heating. Cliff was the owner of Carlson Duluth Co., which soon became one of the largest firms in the local area. Cliff was not afraid to travel so Carlson Duluth Co. took on projects like federal hydro-electric dams, military ammunition dumps and hospitals.
The 1950′s and 60′s brought the next generation of Carlson’s, establishing themselves in the industry. In 1963, Elmer (Curly) Carlson, the oldest son of August, left Carlson Duluth Co. to introduce the A.W. Kuettel Co. into the plumbing and heating part of the construction business. Several of his brothers and cousins moved over with him as Carlson Duluth Co. was downsizing due to the failing health of Cliff. When Curly retired in 1980, his three sons decided to carry on the tradition and started Carlson Bros. Plumbing and Heating. Carlson Duluth Co. was then reestablished in 2003, when Craig Carlson, the youngest son of Elmer, and Craig’s son, Jeremy, started it up again.

In 2016, Craig semi-retired and Jeremy became the sole owner of the business. Jeremy graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2000 with a degree in Business Administration and is a licensed Master Plumber. As an active member of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Jeremy served on the state board for eight years and was President for two years. He continues to serve on the local PHCC board. Jeremy is also involved in local industry apprenticeship committees in the hopes of steering the future of the industry in a positive way.

Carlson Duluth Co. is located at 4415 Venture Ave just a few miles from where it all began. Carlson Duluth Co. offers full-service plumbing, heating, and air conditioning installations for your home or business along with a “state of art” service and repair department.