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If you check the name on your grater and sifter, chances are that it is an American made Bromwell! Further investigation of your mother’s and grandmother’s kitchenware will probably reveal the same. Praise God that there are still companies that take pride in their American roots. Here again is another company that has maintained family continuity for 19 decades.


Known for Quality, Jacob Bromwell is America’s Oldest Kitchenwares Manufacturer, Marketer, and Retailer. Loyal to our American roots, our company is entirely U.S. based and continues to manufacture all of our products right here in the USA. It’s the way we’ve done it for over 193 years.


When you’ve been around as long as Jacob Bromwell, you see a lot of trends come and go. Founded by Bromwell himself in 1819, our renowned housewares company has been producing the highest quality cooking, baking, and food preparation products since the U.S. was a mere 22 states.


Key Distinctions as Unique as Our Name

As one of America’s early manufacturing pioneers, our company holds many unique distinctions of which we are very proud:


  • Oldest housewares company in North America (founded in 1819 and incorporated in 1883)
  • Oldest manufacturer of tin and stainless steel products in the United States
  • 34th oldest continuously owned and operated company in the United States
  • Patented, manufactured, and marketed many of the world’s first housewares products, including the Wonder Shredders, Flour Sifters, and Popcorn Poppers. Still today, the designs, manufacturing processes, and materials of these products remain virtually unchanged
  • In the early 1900s, Bromwell operated 7 factories and had upwards of 1000 employees in multiple states. As the largest business of its kind in the United States, it billed itself as having “the largest capacity in the country”
  • By 1910, Bromwell boasted over 1,000 products in its catalog, many of which won awards
  • Entirely U.S. based and all products continue to be manufactured in the USA
  • All products are non-electric and have no moving parts
  • Family owned and operated for over 19 decades
  • Diverse customer base includes homesteaders and environmentalists, hunters, fishers, cabin dwellers, the “chronically nostalgic,” celebrities, and even Hollywood set designers looking for period-correct pieces


We Still Use the Same Authentic Materials from the Early Days of America

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 History

The rich history of Jacob Bromwell began in 1819, well before the invention of the light bulb, the telephone, or the automobile. Jacob Bromwell was born during the era when James Monroe was President of the United States and only 30 years had passed since the United States Constitution was accepted. There were only 22 states in the Union at this time, and the first open-land run of the territory of Oklahoma was still a projected 70 years away.


During this period, Jacob Bromwell first emigrated from Baltimore, Maryland to a quaint hamlet in Ohio coined Cincinnati, which was just being carved out of the virgin frontier forest. Jacob Bromwell, a veteran of the War of 1812, drifted down the Ohio River on a flatboat with a handful of wire looms where he was prudently able to jumpstart his entrepreneurship during the “Panic of 1819” - America’s first major financial crisis.


The Birth of Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati developed to become the “Queen City of the West,” and as Cincinnati flourished, so did Jacob Bromwell’s wire-goods business. Covered wagons, flatboats, and steamboats embarked on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers delivering goods in a rapidly growing new nation.


The California Gold Rush began in 1848. During this pristine era, Americans caravanned to the West with their Jacob Bromwell tin cups, popcorn poppers, and frying pans. Just two short years later, pioneers started their migration across America. Again, a variety of Jacob Bromwell’s products were included as part of the necessities needed to carve out an existence on an unknown frontier. These products included flour sifters, cheese graters, and pans, as well as buckets and popcorn poppers. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Jacob Bromwell products continued to be a vital part of the pioneers’ daily living. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, and Jacob Bromwell was there through it all.


The Move to Michigan City, IN

In the early 1900s, Jacob Bromwell moved to Michigan City, Indiana where the company rejoiced in the Roaring 1920s and the heartbreak of the Great Depression. During this time, the company operated just three days per week, while unconditionally supporting as many hard-working Americans as possible.


Jacob Bromwell survived the daunting times by loyally adhering to its mission statement, which was to produce the highest quality cooking, baking, and campfire products for American families. Jacob Bromwell was founded with this mission in mind and remains committed to it today.


The Future Remains Bright

It falls to but a few companies to celebrate nearly two centuries of business. If Jacob Bromwell could be transformed from a little wood-frame building into one of America’s leading housewares companies in almost 200 years, what might the next century bring?