Most school children today have dined at tables that fold up and roll away when lunch time is over. But, back in the 1950s, it was a revolutionary new concept invented by Edina resident Kermit Wilson.
Wilson envisioned a need for space-saving equipment in schools that would soon be overcrowded by the exploding post-war “baby boom.” His response was a foldable table that freed school lunchrooms for additional uses.
Wilson also made bleachers, including those installed at Edina’s first high school that lasted more than 50 years. Edina firefighters also slept on foldaway Murphy beds designed by
Wilson moved his infant company SICO Manufacturing to Edina in 1954, and leased space at a 33,000 square foot at 5215 Eden Avenue in the Grandview Area. The company broke ground for a new building at 7525 Cahill Road in 1967.
Today, the company makes portable dance floors, foldable stage platforms, foldable conference tables and more sold throughout the world.
Wilson was involved in local organizations and helped form the new Edina Community Foundation.
Search this blog:
Jennifer Adam is the Executive Director of the Edina Historical Society. She welcomes your contributions. Comment on a post or send an email (see below). Traditional mail, of course, can also be sent to:
Thank you, your message has been sent
Support this blog!
Help us bring you Edina history with this web site by becoming a member or donating today. Click on the link to our GiveMN.org site to make a donation with a credit card. The Edina Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that depends on contributions to continue operation.