— The Jacob Bromwell® Story —
BEGAN 200 YEARS AGO
Jacob Bromwell® is a luxury specialty manufacturer of best-in-class kitchenware, housewares, and heritage products.
We design, manufacture, market, and distribute our own line of world-renowned products, all of which exhibit beautiful design, best-in-class craftsmanship, and long-lasting quality. Founded in 1819, Jacob Bromwell® proudly holds the distinction of being the oldest kitchenware and housewares manufacturer in North America, and is the oldest known manufacturer of tin and stainless steel products in the United States. 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 believes in the creativity and productivity of American workers. At a time when almost all housewares companies have moved their production offshore, we are still proudly manufacturing nearly every product in our Indiana and Vermont factories, with innovative items added each year to expand our product line.
— Built to Last —
All Jacob Bromwell® products are made with premium materials, including steel, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, copper, wood, iron, and leather - all sourced domestically. None of our products contain plastic parts or components, and none require batteries or electricity to operate. By using high-grade materials and keeping our products non-electric, Jacob Bromwell® products remain 100% authentic from the day they were created and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
— Virtual —
Jacob Bromwell® products have helped shape America for 200 years, and now you can take an exclusive tour of our manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Vermont. Although our factories are not open to the general public, this behind-the-scenes photo tour consists of an intimate viewing of our metal stamping factory in Indiana as well as our copper workshop in Vermont. You'll see first hand our workers stamping, bending, forming, plating, machining, organizing, packaging, shipping, and more.
American Heritage Collection™
The American Heritage Collection™ by Jacob Bromwell® consists of some of the oldest kitchen and bakeware items in our product line, including the Original Popcorn Popper, Legendary Flour Sifter, and Classic Tin Cup. These items have been in continuous production for 200 years and are still made by our company today.
Signature Copper Collection™
The Signature Copper Collection™ by Jacob Bromwell® consists of copper flasks, copper cups, and other copper goods that are 100% handmade at our workshop in Vermont. Built in small quantity batches, each copper product we make tells a story and is made to be passed on to the next generation.
— Did you know? —
Interesting 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). That means we are older than the light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, and even electricity!
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 premium materials. We work with a variety of premium materials, including steel, stainless steel, tin, aluminum, copper, wood, iron, and leather - all sourced domestically. None of our products contain plastic parts or components. By using high-grade materials, Jacob Bromwell® products remain 100% authentic from the day they were created and are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
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 Legendary 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 Legendary 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.
Case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court. Back in 1923, The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Co. had a case heard in the U.S. Supreme Court [The Bromwell Brush & Wire Goods Co. v. State Board of Charities & Corrections of Kentucky], in regards to a breach of contract dealing with inmate labor.
Two manufacturing facilities and customers worldwide. Today, Jacob Bromwell® operates manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Vermont and the company is proud to support over 100 American jobs. Our products are sold at select specialty retailers throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
Creators of the luxury flask category. Jacob Bromwell® is proud to have created the luxury flask category, having brought to market the first copper flask, the Great American Flask. Since then, our line of flasks has grown to more than a dozen different models.
Diverse customer base. Our diverse customer base includes young and affluent urban professionals, mothers and grandmothers, chefs and bakers, celebrities and politicians, homesteaders and cabin dwellers, the "chronically nostalgic", and even Hollywood set designers seeking period-correct pieces.