February 11, 2014
Family-owned Bremen Casting foundry will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in March.
Originally named, Bremen Gray Iron foundry (the name was changed to Bremen Castings Inc. in 1972), the company was established on March 17, 1939 by Ellis Brown, Charles W. Kling and Harold Heckamen with an initial investment of $10,000. Some of the first customers included Bendix Corp., Clark Equipment and Ford Motor Company, the company says.
Since its inception, Bremen Castings has grown from an 800 sq. ft. building to its current 125,000 sq. ft. with more additions planned for the future.
The company has continued to stay at the forefront of the foundry industry, having won numerous awards for its safety, technology and environment-friendly manufacturing, the company says. Today, Bremen is still privately owned and operated by the Brown family.
James Brown, president of Bremen Castings, credits the longevity and success of the company to its forward thinking business model, streamlined day-to-day operations, and above all, having each employee feel as though they are a member of the Bremen family.
“It is crucial for everyone to be a team member and an active citizen within our communities so we strive to cast each employee into a valuable and responsible individual,” says Brown. “We have a set of core values that we want everyone to have and appreciate.”