Posted September 7, 2022

Werk-Brau Celebrates 75 Years with Open House

Company has been manufacturing buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders since 1947.

Werk-Brau Co., Inc., an industry leading manufacturer of buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders, celebrated their 75th anniversary with an Open House for employees and their families, retirees, customers, suppliers and colleagues and the community on Saturday August 27.

Visitors were able to tour the over 500,000 square foot manufacturing campus complex, see displays of Werk-Brau products and the equipment they are used with, and enjoy barbecue, refreshments, ice-cream, prize drawings, and more. Additional activities for younger visitors included bounce-houses, pony rides, and a train ride. Nearly 1000 people attended the event which ran from 10 am till 2 pm.

“We’re humbled and thankful that so many people chose to celebrate with us,” said Jon Ballinger, Werk-Brau President. “People make this company what it is, and we’ve been blessed with wonderful, dedicated employees over the years. It was great to host not only our current employees and their families, but many retirees and their families, as well as those within the Findlay community.”

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.” 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 2000 North American heavy equipment dealers from their Findlay, OH headquarters.

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

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 provide excellence in customer service and exceed customer expectations.

Werk-Brau manufactures a complete line of OEM and replacement attachments for excavators, mini excavators, backhoes, mini and full-size loaders, and crawler loaders. Since 1947, they have been industry leading innovators, designing, and producing specialty products for the heavy equipment industry. Their products are made in the USA and sold through equipment dealers and distributors worldwide.

Seventy-five years after their founding, the core principles of the company remain relevant - “provide customers with the utmost service, quality, and maintain the quality that bears the Werk-Brau name.”

For more information on Werk-Brau products, contact Dale DeWeese at (800537-9561, or via e-mail at or visit them online at