Howard Chapman, Jr., President/CEO
with Henry Kramer, Founder

The business of brass ingotmaking is not learned from books, it is learned out in the plant, out with the furnaces. The art of our industry is the experience and knowledge passed from generation to generation; I am the fourth and my son, the fifth. We both enjoy knowing that my father, my grandfather and my great grandfather are looking over our shoulders.

As the vast physical and technological growth of American industry that began with the Industrial Revolution steamrolled into the 1880’s, a young salesman observed a growing need and envisioned a solution. Henry Kramer knew that the basis for the Industrial Revolution was the manufacture of a quality product on a mass production basis. He saw the troubles that foundries were encountering due to use of scrap.

He theorized that if he collected metal in sufficient quantities it would be economically feasible to reprocess it, using quality control methods. Henry Kramer felt that eventually the processing would surpass scrap and virgin metal, at a lower cost.

H. Kramer & Co. and the Brass & Bronze Ingot Industry were born. The company grew rapidly and is still a driving force in what is now a mature industry. Our products are manufactured under exacting methods to conform to a wide range of specifications including A.S.T.M., S.A.E., C.D.A and The Department of Defense.

Our products enjoy a wide range of applications spanning all phases of domestic and industrial life. The building industry requires valves, faucets, accessories and hardware; shipbuilding requires valves, bearings and propellers; transportation needs bearings and gears; the food, dairy, beverage, chemical and petroleum industries need an array of corrosion resistant alloys; communications and electrical industries require castings of high electrical conductivity.

The smelting process takes place in a variety of gas and electric furnaces with a wide range of capacities. Each furnace type has procedural differences but essentially all work along a similar vein. A mixture of raw materials, pre-selected to approximate the desired final result, is charged into the furnace. Chemical analyses are performed throughout the refining process. Our laboratory employs state of the art testing equipment to ascertain the exact chemical analysis and determine the mechanical properties for each alloy we manufacture. Once the heat is within specification, the metal is poured into molds, allowed to cool, and stacked on pallets for shipment to our customers.

We are a fifth generation family owned business. We are, above all, a “people company”. Our success is directly traceable to the care and consideration we give to our human resources. Management is dedicated to the health and safety of every Kramer employee. Our management style is hands-on and our executives are readily accessible and actively involved in all phases of the business.