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Werk-Brau marks 75 years of manufacturing

Don Horne   

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Werk-Brau Co., Inc., an industry leading manufacturer of buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders, is celebrating their 75th anniversary with activities and events throughout the year for customers, dealers, and employees.

Known for their innovative specialty products for the heavy equipment industry, the company has been family owned and operated since its inception.

“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.”

They have grown from a single blacksmith shop to numerous North American locations with 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 500 employees.  They maintain dealer direct partnerships with over 1,000 North American heavy equipment dealers from their Findlay, Ohio headquarters.


One aspect that has changed dramatically is technology, which is helping customer to be more efficient, productive, and safe on their job sites.  Werk-Brau is proud to supply hydraulic D-LOCK couplers, tilt-rotator couplers, hydraulic thumbs, and a wide range of other specialty tools and attachments to assist in these efforts.

The core vision upon which Werk-Brau was founded still drives them today: “safely provide excellence in quality, design, and delivery of products and services which exceed our customers’ expectations,” according to a company press release.

Technology also plays a much larger role in heavy equipment manufacturing than it did seven decades ago.  Werk-Brau combines state of the art manufacturing technology such as robotics and high-definition plasma cutting, together 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, to exceed customer expectations.

Werk-Brau manufactures OEM and replacement attachments for excavators, mini excavators, backhoes, mini and full-size loaders, and crawler loaders.  Since 1947, they have been designing and producing specialty products for the heavy equipment industry.

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