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THE JACOB BROMWELL® STORY BEGAN NEARLY 200 YEARS AGO...



Established in 1819, Jacob Bromwell® is the United States’ oldest and most respected name in kitchenware, housewares, and heritage-inspired products. Our company designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes our own line of timeless goods, all of which exhibit beautiful design, best-in-class craftsmanship, and long-lasting quality. 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.  We believe in the creativity and productivity of American workers, and still today all Jacob Bromwell® products are handcrafted with pride in the USA and guaranteed for life. 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 kitchenware and housewares manufacturer. Jacob Bromwell® is the oldest kitchenware and housewares 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 and lifetime sales of over $1 billion since 1819, it is estimated that 1 in 4 American households still own a Jacob Bromwell® product.
  • Historically important products. Since 1819, our company has produced the Original Popcorn Popper and All-American Flour Sifter, historically important icons of 19th-century domestic Americana, just like our Classic Tin Cup, which was widely used during the Civil War.
  • 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".
  • Historic Greensburg, Indiana factory converted into apartments. Originally built in 1903, our historic Greensburg, Indiana factory  located at 530 West First Street is a two-story brick building that has been recently converted into apartments.  In fact, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.  How would you like to live in a building that once made Bromwell tin cups, flour sifters, popcorn poppers, and wire-based household items?
  • 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 company and its products have had a significant cultural and economic impact in America.  As such, several original pieces of machinery and equipment are part of a permanent exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Historical Bromwell products can also be found at numerous museums across the country, including The Rossen House in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 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 set designers and Hollywood celebrities including Ryan Reynolds and Donald Trump.

AUTHENTIC MATERIALS 



All Jacob Bromwell® products are made with authentic materials, including steel, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, copper, wood, iron, and leather - all sourced domestically.  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



The Jacob Bromwell® brand delivers a unique American experience for our customers.  We take people on an emotional journey: away from the madness of modern live and into nostalgia, tradition, respect, and the longing for a simpler era. Our products speak to a time when rugged individualism, good citizenship, and the entrepreneurial spirit were synonymous with American culture. Jacob Bromwell® was founded on this promise, and it continues to be our mission today:  letting our customers re-connect with the American past, and keeping the brand alive as an anchor for future generations.

 
   
   
   
   

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