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Wausau Tile founder Ed Creske dies on vacation


ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) - One of central Wisconsin’s business founders has passed away. 86-year-old Edward Creske started Wausau Tile in his Mosinee garage almost 60 years ago.

Vice President of Sales Tom Hale says Creske was still very active in the operations of Wausau Tile. He says they learned about his sudden health problem as it was happening Wednesday at around noon. “I was actually making a conference call to him with the management team here. We do a weekly meeting, and he happened to be having the issue as we called him, and his daughter answered and told us what was going on.”

Creske was planning to return to Wausau this weekend after his vacation and spend the winter here. Hale says the funeral services are being planned. “That’s all pending. There will be some type of arrangements that will be done in Mosinee.”

The company has grown to be a leader in concrete and tarazo products and now employs over 300 workers. Hale says they are adding on to their Rothschild plant right now to expand their shipping and plastics manufacturing facilities, plus make the plant more efficient.

Hale says Edward Creske’s son Bill has been the Chief Executive Officer for Wausau Tile for a while, and he doesn’t expect any significant changes in their operations. “Bill’s been running with the ball for years, and we’ll continue to operate as we have in the past, and implement and keep implementing the philosophies that Ed had.”Wausau Tile’s staff of over 300 makes concrete and Terrazzo products including tables, benches, planters, pavers, and waste containers.