Our Main Plant, Circa 1930
The wire business that Sommer Metalcraft operates today started in South Bend, IN in 1906 as Campbell Wire Specialty.
Mr. Jeschke bought the business in 1928, moved it to Crawfordsville, IN and changed the name to Jeschke Wire Specialty.
In 1935, O.W. Sommer and his wife Christella bought the business from Mr. Jeschke with money loaned to them by Christella's mother. In 1948, O.W. incorporated the business as Sommer Metalcraft Corporation.
Under O.W.'s Direction, the company grew from 5 employees to over 200 employees. During his tenure as President, the company acquired several other operations including Monticello Displays and Heinz Co., both in Elwood, IN and moved them to Crawfordsville. In 1963, the company purchased Crown Products in Indianapolis, which became the second division of Sommer Metalcraft.
In 1969, O.W. retired as President and his son, Jon W. Sommer replaced him. In the early 1980's, the company purchased another operation in Indianapolis called Viewegh, which became part of the Indianapolis division. It was later sold.
In 1985, the corporation decided to expand to the southern part of the United States and a division was opened in Auburn, AL, called SMC South. The Alabama division was "spun-off" in 2006.
By the early 1990's, the corporation had grown to over 350 employees. Since 1960, annual corporate sales have grown from $1.1 million to a high of over $30 million.
Our Offices, Circa 1960's
Our Company, Today and Tomorrow
On January 1, 1999, Jon's son, Scott Sommer took over the reins as President of the Indiana division of the corporation, with Jon Sommer remaining as the CEO and Chairman of the Board. In the fall of 1999, all of our operations at our Indianapolis facilities were consolidated into our Crawfordsville location.
There are three generations of the Sommer family involved with the business as shareholders, members of the Board of Directors and/or employees. There are several family members working for the organization now.
In 2016, Sommer Metalcraft partnered with Pine Street Growth Partners to help guide and support our future growth strategies. The new company is named Sommer Metalcraft LLC, and we are continuing our role of being the country's leading supplier of fabricated wire, sheet metal, and tubing products.