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THE JACOB BROMWELL® STORY BEGAN 195 YEARS AGO...


"One of our nation's great success stories." — World Net Daily

Our Story


If you're looking for the unique, nostalgic, and hard to find, you've come to the right place. Jacob Bromwell® designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes the highest quality cooking, baking, and food preparation products as well as related accessory items. Established in Cincinnati, Ohio by frontier entrepreneur Jacob Bromwell in 1819, our company proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest housewares and kitchenwares manufacturer in North America. We are a company rooted in American tradition, history, and authenticity, and even our logo is our founder's actual signature, made with his own hand. Our company is entirely U.S. based and continues to manufacture all of its products right here in America. It's the way we've done it for nearly 200 years.

DID YOU KNOW?  FUN FACTS ABOUT JACOB BROMWELL®



As one of America's early manufacturing pioneers, our company holds many distinctions as unique as our name:

 

  • Oldest housewares manufacturer. Jacob Bromwell® is the oldest housewares and kitchenwares manufacturer in North America (founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1883 as The Bromwell Brush and Wire Goods Company).
  • Oldest manufacturer of tin and stainless steel. Our company is the oldest known manufacturer of tin and stainless steel products in the United States, and the 34th oldest continuously owned and operated company in the United States.  In fact, we have been family owned and operated for over 19 decades.
  • Original location was in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The company's original location was a six-story building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio located at 181 Walnut Street.  At the time, the company occupied all six floors and boasted over 1,000 products in its catalog, many of which won awards.
  • Work with a variety of authentic materials. We work with a variety of authentic materials, including steel, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, copper, wood, iron, and leather - all sourced domestically.
  • Our logo is our founder's actual signature. In keeping with the authenticity of the brand, our logo is our founder's actual signature, made with his own hand.
  • Millions of units sold. With millions of units sold, the All-American Flour Sifter is our most famous and instantly recognizable product, and vintage Bromwell sifters are coveted by kitchen enthusiasts and collectors.
  • The Original Popcorn Popper was originally $3.50 for a gross. The Original Popcorn Popper, one of the oldest products in our line, was originally sold at a wholesale price of $3.50 for a gross.
  • We patented the world's first flour sifter. Our company patented, manufactured, and marketed some of America's most popular and iconic housewares products, including the All-American Flour Sifter, Wonder Shredders, and Original Popcorn Popper - to name a few.  Still today, the designs, manufacturing processes, and materials of these products remain virtually unchanged.
  • We were the largest business of its kind in the United States. By the late 1800s, Bromwell operated 7 factories throughout Ohio, Indiana, and New Jersey, and had upwards of 1,000 employees.  As the largest business of its kind in the United States, it billed itself as having "the largest capacity in the country".
  • Our company was split in 1923. The Bromwell Brush and Wire Goods Company was split in 1923. The fireplace division of the company was purchased by the Gerwe family, who opened a fireplace store in Cincinnati that is still open today called Bromwell's.  It is now owned by the McClorey family and has been since 2005.  The housewares and manufacturing portion of the company (this company!) was then based out of Michigan City, Indiana and renamed "Bromwell Housewares".
  • In 2010, our brand was completely renovated. In 2010, our brand was completely renovated, which included changing our name from "Bromwell Housewares" to "Jacob Bromwell®".  Inspired by our founder's personal story, we developed a rich and authentic brand experience based around the man himself, whose hard-working, inventive, and cheerful character shines through even nearly two centuries later.
  • Our machinery and equipment are part of a museum. Several original pieces of our machinery and equipment are part of a permanent exhibit at The Baltimore Museum of Industry.
  • All products are non-electric and Made in USA. All of our products are non-electric and continue to be manufactured in the USA.  We have never outsourced our production to low-wage labor countries to reduce costs because we have faith in the creativity and productivity of American workers.
  • Two manufacturing facilities and customers worldwide. Today, Jacob Bromwell® operates manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Vermont and our products are sold at select specialty retailers throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
  • Diverse customer base. Our diverse customer base includes homesteaders and environmentalists, hunters, fishers, cabin dwellers, the "chronically nostalgic", and even Hollywood celebrities and set designers looking for period-correct pieces.

    AUTHENTIC MATERIALS 



    All Jacob Bromwell® products are made with authentic materials, such as tin, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper, with the help of elbow grease and some pretty darned old machinery (which works just as well as the day it was built)! By using these materials, Jacob Bromwell® products remain 100% authentic from the day they were created. Sure, there are updated materials that could be used, but America's frontiersmen wouldn't have it any other way, and neither should you!

     

    OUR MISSION



    Jacob Bromwell® was founded in 1819 on the promise to produce authentic, handcrafted housewares that deliver a unique American experience for explorers, adventurers, homemakers, and traditionalists everywhere. This mission rings true today, over 190 years later.

     

    OUR PRODUCT PHILOSOPHY 



    Simply put, our products let folks experience the simple and traditional values of our pioneer past.  They speak to a time when rugged individualism, good citizenship, and the entrepreneurial spirit were synonymous with American culture.  Jacob Bromwell® is one of America's oldest stories, and we’re continuing to write it as we go along.  That’s the real philosophy behind the products we make – keeping our product line alive as an anchor for future generations.

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