Werk-Brau celebrates 75 years

Werk-Brau Co., Inc., manufacturer of buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022.

The company has been family owned and operated since its inception as a single blacksmith’s shop 75 years ago in Findlay, Ohio. It now boasts numerous North American locations with 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 500 employees. Over 1,000 North American heavy equipment dealers sell their products.

“We’re humbled to see our attachments working on job sites.  Whether it’s a major highway project, or disasters, such as working on the 9/11 cleanup, we’re proud that our people played a role in helping these projects happen” said Werk-Brau president Jon Ballinger. 

“We’re grateful for the many dedicated employees, dealers, distributors and of course customers who have helped us to get to where we are today.”

From blacksmith to plasma cutters

Technology plays a much larger role in heavy equipment manufacturing than it did seven decades ago.  Werk-Brau combines manufacturing technology such as robotics and high-definition plasma cutting, with old-world craftsmanship into each bucket, thumb, coupler, and attachment they manufacture. 

Their goals today are the same as they were when Duke Werkheiser and Dutch Brautigam opened their blacksmith shop in 1947. The core vision upon which Werk-Brau was founded still drives them today, to “safely provide excellence in quality, design, and delivery of products and services which exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Werk-Brau manufactures OEM and replacement attachments for excavators, mini excavators, backhoes, mini and full-size loaders, and crawler loaders. Their products are made in the U.S. and sold through equipment dealers and distributors worldwide.  They make hydraulic D-LOCK couplers, tilt-rotator couplers, hydraulic thumbs, and a wide range of other specialty tools and attachments.