Charles Rudolph Meyer, a German immigrant living in Oshkosh, WI, established a masonry business in 1888 that would grow to become CR Meyer, the nationwide industrial construction and heavy industrial contracting business of 2013. In 1932, Meyer’s masons were asked to assume carpentry responsibilities during the construction of Bergstrom Paper Mill in Neenah, WI, and he operated as a general contractor from that point forward.
Today CR Meyer is a Self-Performing Design/Build contractor ranked among the top 10 contractors within the pulp and paper industry in the United States by ENR (Engineering News Record). The company serves a variety of heavy industrial and manufacturing clients, including: pulp and paper; mining; scrap and recycling; printing, converting, packaging and plastics; hydro and power generation; petrochemical companies; food and beverage companies and the provision of all related maintenance services.
The company employs its own union craftsmen with expertise in the following areas: demolition, pile driving, concrete, masonry, ironwork, carpentry, millwrighting and rigging, piping and boilermaking. As a Design/Build contractor, CR Meyer employs a complete team of architects and engineers to consult and design projects with customers to maximize constructability, scheduling timelines and budget constraints.
In the 125 years since C.R. Meyer founded his masonry business, the pencil lead has since turned digital and the company’s earliest machine installations are long obsolete, yet Midwestern Wisconsin values continue to grow and guide the company. CR Meyer proudly employs the third generation of several hardworking families. Eight satellite offices across the country are strategically positioned to rapidly respond to the needs of industrial customers. The company employs an average of 800-1,000 craftsmen and 150 office personnel at any given time. To learn more about the history of CR Meyer, go to the company timeline or read our abbreviated company history.