1930 – 1940

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 brother’s Fred and Victor.
  • First bridge designed by Rudy Kraemer was built in 1936.