The Team


Forge 53° was founded in the winter of 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta by our co-owners Mike Muirhead and Jesse Rudiger-Aasgard. Having previously established a successful metal fabrication company, the demand for industrial-style furnishings came about and has endured. Driven by this demand, the two took inspiration from the design inherent to Canadian industry and moved from tradesmen to craftsmen.

Mike Muirhead

Mike Muirhead

CEO - Production Manager

With 9 years of heavy manufacturing experience behind him, Mike has adapted industrial steel manufacturing processes to fit the scope of Forge 53. As production manager, he takes lead of project oversight, fabrication, drafting, and design. 


CFO – Operations Manager

 A varied background including business development and woodwork has allowed Jesse the unique perspective needed to relate product to customers. As operations manager, he takes charge of quality control, material procurement, and wood componant design.