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The Carls Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The principal purpose and mission of the foundation is: 1) Children's Welfare including: health care facilities and programs, with special emphasis on the prevention and treatment of hearing impairment, and recreational, educational, and welfare programs especially for children who are disadvantaged for economic and/or health reasons; and 2) Preservation of natural areas, open space and historic buildings and areas having special natural beauty or significance in maintaining America's heritage and historic ideals, through assistance to land trusts and land conservancies and directly related environmental educational programs.


Established in 1961 in MI - Born in Germany, Bill Carls immigrated to the United States in 1924 at the age of 21. He became a citizen of the United States at the earliest opportunity. Utilizing his years of training and experience in European apprentice programs, he readily found employment with a series of major companies in the active Detroit industrial scene. Bill Carls started Numatics, Inc. in his garage in 1945. The company is headquartered in Highland, Michigan and remains a leading worldwide manufacturer of industrial air valves. Bill Carls became the sole owner in 1951, and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Numatics, Inc. until 1990 when, at the age of 87, he sold the Company to the corporation's management executives. In 1953 he patented a unique spool-and-sleeve pneumatic value design. The air valve is used worldwide in manufacturing everything from automobiles, to textiles, to zippers. Bill Carls always shared credit for the success of Numatics with his first wife Marie. Bill and Marie settled in White Lake Township after their marriage, and lived there for more than 50 years. Marie Carls was an active employee of the Company from 1951 until just prior to her death in 1981. She assisted the business in many capacities and was respected and loved by her fellow employees. The William and Marie Carls Foundation was established in 1961 and was utilized by Bill and Marie Carls to implement their charitable activities. Until the time of her death, the activities of the foundation were the primary responsibility of Marie Carls and thereafter, Bill Carls took an active role the management until his death in 1995. The foundation shortened its name to The Carls Foundation in 1992


The Carls Foundation

Independent foundation



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6001 N ADAMS ROAD NO 215 Bloomfield Hills, MI United States 48304

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