Carlson History

W.E. Carlson has been serving its customers and the community for 46 years. This would not have been possible if not for our continued relationship with the innovative people at the Rite-Hite® Corporation.

W.E. Carlson Corporation opened its doors in 1973 as Northern Illinois’ and Northwest Indiana’s exclusive distributor for Rite-Hite® Corporation – the industry leader in loading dock and industrial door innovation, safety and quality. From day one we recognized the importance of servicing what we sell, so we began building our fleet of company owned service vehicles and getting extensive factory training for our technicians.

In 1978 we moved into our current facility and built our first showroom so customers could more easily examine new loading dock equipment.

In 2001 we opened a second office and distribution center in Rockford, IL to better serve our growing list of customers and to have more effective dispatch of our service fleet.

We continued to expand our showroom as we added other leading brands of equipment. In 2009 we completed our most recent showroom renovation. Our newly expanded 3,500 square foot showroom lets you see the latest products and compare the features of industry leading solutions to dock safety and facilities productivity.

Today we continue to proudly represent Rite Hite. But we have grown to be much more than just docks and doors; W. E. Carlson is a one-stop-shop for state-of-the-art solutions designed to enhance facility productivity, shrink energy costs, reduce accidents, and ultimately, increase profits.


W.E. Carlson Corporation is:

  • More than just loading docks and ergonomic equipment, we offer the highest quality loading dock and ergonomic equipment as the exclusive Rite-Hite representative in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana.
  • More than just doors, but an expanded selection of premium high-speed, sectional, insulated, and impact doors by Rite-Hite, Raynor, Wayne Dalton and Clopay.
  • More than just service, a company-owned service department, with more than 25 fully stocked trucks – more than double our nearest competitor – staffed by certified technicians recognized for impeccable safety records.
  • More than just a distributor, but a solutions provider: a team of advisors, technicians and office staff dedicated to safety, integrity, and follow-through.