1401 Pearl St., Waukesha
Industry: Building and construction
2016 annual revenue: $4.5 million
Waukesha-based L.H. Krueger and Son Inc. started in 1981 as a one-person new construction residential roofing business.
In 2012, the second generation took majority control of the company, and has since seen sales increase steadily year-over-year.
“The Great Recession had a large impact on the housing industry and we were not immune to its effects. We saw our annual sales drop in half, and had to implement temporary pay cuts and other companywide cutbacks,” said Leah Krueger-Bitar, chief executive officer of the company. “We’ve since reinstated all the pay cuts and been able to give companywide raises.”
Krueger-Bitar credits L.H. Krueger’s success to its employees.
The employees are part of the family, too, and the company prides itself on providing its employees with the tools and opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family members and the community, she said.
“Having a great place to live is not just about the community, but also the roof over one’s head,” she said.
L.H. Krueger has donated labor and materials for Operation Finally Home, a program dedicated to building homes for ill or injured veterans, surviving spouses and their families, and also recently provided a roof replacement for the Women’s Center in Waukesha.
“We enjoy using our knowledge and resources to help in a multitude of ways to make a positive impact,” Krueger-Bitar said. “It is very rewarding to see firsthand the direct results of our efforts within the community.”