Kansas.com's Profile of Carlson Products CEO Austin Peterson '08

From Kansas.com:

As he tries to grow Carlson Products’ business, new president and CEO Austin Peterson can look to the company’s history for inspiration.

Founded in the 1950s as a door manufacturer, the company started making bakeware for a little startup called Pizza Hut.

“The original Pizza Hut pizza pan was the circular window cutout of an aluminum door, a stockroom door,” Peterson said. “It’s a great story.”

That launched Carlson into commercial bakeware in a big way. The company still makes doors, as well as components for lawnmowers, skeet shooting machines, pumps, nozzles and numerous other products.

Peterson is part of a group that bought Carlson this summer. Born and raised in Wichita, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas and then a law degree from the University of Chicago before going to work for a large law firm, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.

“I was working on a lot of business deals and I kind of realized that while I didn’t mind the stuff I was doing, I really got the itch to jump over to the business side of things, get in there, roll up my sleeves and run a company,” he said.

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