1501 Industrial Drive Wadena, MN 56482


Kern laser Systems is a second-generation family-owned company with firmly planted Midwest roots.


Today, Kern Laser Systems is proudly owned and operated by the first and second generations of the Kern family. Our goal moving forward is to constantly improve our products, improve processing times and continue to offer our customers the best customer service in the laser industry.


Kern Laser Systems aren’t just made in the USA. They’re made in Wadena, Minnesota, by our family members and community members. Meet the Kern family and get an inside look at the pride and passion that goes into every Kern Laser System.

Kern means precision.



Operating in a small, Midwest town means employees at Kern have more than just a co-workers connection. Community relationships, combined with a great Midwestern work ethic, bring an unrivaled level of dedication to the workplace.

Beyond building one of the finest lasers on the market, we take pride in developing and maintaining relationships with customers. When customers visit, they witness first-hand the passion of Kern employees. Dedication at Kern Laser Systems knows no limits.


Versatility and profitability go hand in hand with a Kern laser. Customers can cut wood, plastics, leather, and light metal on a single machine, with virtually no downtime. For instance, going from cutting light metal to plastics takes mere minutes.

A Kern laser is not the typical laser in a box model. Rather, the flat, open surface of a Kern laser allows access from all sides, simplifying how materials are loaded and unloaded. With a Kern laser, you have the tools to maximize your shop time and exceed your customer’s expectations.


There are few things in life that are more important than one’s reputation. By producing top-quality machines, we build our reputation one customer at a time. And at the foundation of our reputation, you’ll always find dependability.

When you buy a Kern laser, you get much more than a high-quality laser. You get a USA-made laser that’s built to withstand long hours and high production volumes. Don’t just take our word for it, hear it from our customers.


With a history dating back to the early 1980s, we recognize the ever-changing world of technology. Our reputation is built on providing state-of-the-art machines, backed by top-notch service.


The passion we have at Kern Laser Systems is part of our company’s commitment to our clients and to ourselves. It’s a primary reason we invest so deeply in ongoing research and development. You can trust Kern Laser Systems to bring innovation to your business.


Founded in 1982 by Gerald Kern, Kern Laser Systems began with one main objective: to design and manufacture top quality industrial laser cutting and laser engraving machines to meet demanding production schedules.

Kern Laser Systems started by supplying motion systems for the existing computerized rotary engraving machines. As the sealed CO2 lasers became commercially available, Kern incorporated its motion package with the laser, developing a complete turnkey laser cutting and engraving solution.

Kern’s vision has always been to manufacture laser systems that will fit the customer’s needs, at an affordable price, with the versatility to suit a variety of industries. Nearly forty years into operations, Kern continues to adapt to evolving technology and develop innovative laser systems.

Located in the beautiful lake’s country of Minnesota, Kern’s headquarters consists of a modern 70,000 sq. ft. building. Proudly employing 35 full-time individuals, the Kern family has grown larger than we had ever anticipated. It goes to show that by remaining focused on designing, developing, and manufacturing the best of the best, growth and success is a natural by product.