HISTORY OF KRAEMER
In 1911, Edward Kraemer, a 21-year-old carpenter from a small village in Wisconsin, begins his own business with a toolbox, four years of experience as a carpenter, and six employees. Edward Kraemer’s first project as a business owner was the construction of a new home for a friend. His business quickly grew to the construction of houses, barns, cheese factories, schools, and churches in the Village of Plain, Wisconsin, and the surrounding countryside.
The WPA (Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal Agency) created jobs and invaluable infrastructure during the Great Depression. The WPA played a significant role in the rapid growth of the company. During this period, Edward Kraemer began acquiring quarry leases, heavy equipment, and road contracts.
Significant events between 1930 and 1940 included:
- Edward Kraemer designs and receives a patent for a self-propelled double-jawed crusher
- Completion of the largest building project of Edward Kraemer’s career, the St. Luke Catholic Church in Plain, Wisconsin
- Edward Kraemer’s son Rudy joins the firm after receiving an engineering degree and is followed by brothers Fred and Victor.
- The first bridge designed by Rudy Kraemer was built in 1936.
President Eisenhower’s vision of an interstate system was in full movement by the 1960s resulting in an explosion of contracts and many “firsts” for Kraemer. Over 15 years, Kraemer was awarded numerous contracts on the interstate system in Madison, Milwaukee, and the Green Bay area. Significant events included: the first out of state Bridge contract in Bettendorf, Iowa; the first construction project in Minnesota – the 10th Avenue Bridge; the first construction of a draw bridge in St Paul, Minnesota; the first construction of a lift bridge in Milwaukee, Minnesota; and regional office opened in Burnsville, Minnesota.
The 1970s brought Kraemer’s vision of expansion into other states to fruition by frequently winning numerous contracts outside of Wisconsin. Significant events included: founder Edward Kraemer’s death on October 23, 1973, and company expansion into Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri.
Significant events included:
- I-270/I-70 Interchange – construction of the highest volume interchange contract awarded to date (2001-2003) for the Missouri DOT
- Troup Howell Bridge – Construction of the Troup Howell Bridge over the Genessee River was New York’s largest construction project to date (2004 – 2007)
- Scott Peterson named President and CEO in 2006
- Dave Zanetell was named President in 2016; Scott Peterson remains CEO
- Marquette Interchange – Demolition and replacement of an entire interchange involving the construction of 21 bridges
- Woodrow Wilson Bridge – Kraemer designed and innovative falsework system to construct three bascule bridges spanning across the Potomac River
- Lock & Dam Navigation Embankment Improvements – First contracts awarded by St. Paul, Minnesota U.S. Army Corps of Engineers utilizing the design-build procurement method