In 2016, Breuer Metal Craftsmen, Inc. celebrated its 60th Anniversary, but our family business history goes back much further.
Our legacy of quality ironwork began in Dusseldorf, Germany in the 1800’s with Servatius Breuer, an apprentice ironworker. His great grandson, Bernard Otto Breuer, later emigrated to the United States in the early 20th Century with his wife, Antonie, and son Bernard Henry Breuer. Father and son worked for many years to establish their own metal crafting shop, Ornamental Brass and Iron Works in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1948. Shortly thereafter in 1955, the company was incorporated and became Breuer Metal Craftsmen, Inc.
By 1966, Bernard H. and his wife Simone decided that they wanted to incorporate their sons into the family business, but that in order to do so they would need to find a bigger building. Risking it all, Bernard and Simone mortgaged everything and built a new 10,000 square foot facility in Beaver Dam’s first industrial park. Their gamble paid off however, and Bernard and Simone’s sons began working for the company. In 1970 Bernie Breuer began as manager, followed by Jerry Breuer as chief estimator in 1972, and finally Paul Breuer joined the team in 1979 as computer programmer and plant manager. This helped to expand the company’s market and establish Breuer Metal Craftsmen as a skilled and competitive company.
Despite having constructed two more additions, by the early 1980’s the 19,000 square foot facility had become inefficient and overcrowded. As the company continued to grow, Bernard H and his sons began planning for the construction of a new plant, which was finished in 1989. Unfortunately, Bernard H. past away in 1986 and did not see the completion of the new 30,000 square foot miscellaneous manufacturing plant. In 1991, an additional 20,000 square feet were added to the plant. Another 35,000 square feet were added in 1999 to bring the current day total to 85,000 square feet.
Today, Simone Breuer, her three sons, and four grandchildren employ over 50 skilled craftsmen. They have extended their range of talents and influence by crafting products that can be found not only in Wisconsin, but in many sites across the United States and even as far away as Singapore and Australia. Some of their most notable projects include railings at Mount Rushmore, a racking system in Portland, Oregon, a curved tank stair in Fajado, Puerto Rico, as well as a monumental stair at Curly’s Pub in Lambeau Field, and stairs, rails, and miscellaneous metals at Monona Terrace in Madison, Mayfair Mall in Milwaukee, and Chicago Place in Chicago.