German Americans of Cleveland
Business & Industry
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Germans were prominent in the business community establishing bakeries, breweries, newspapers, retail stores, and savings and loan associations as well as other enterprises.
Some of the businesses founded by Germans include:
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- American Savings Bank
- Dangler Stove Company
- Dreher Piano Company
- Ernst & Ernst Accounting
- Fries and Schuele, Co.
- Gund Brewing Company
- Heinen's, Inc.
- Hildebrandt Provision Company
- Leisy Brewing Company
- Laub Baking Company
- Lyman Boat Company
- Meyer Dairy
- Pilsener Brewing Company
- Schaefer Body Inc.
- J. Spang Baking Company
- Standard Knitting Company
- Star Baking Company
- Waechchter & Anzeiger
- Weideman Company
Some German American inventors of note from Cleveland include:
- Martin Bauer, inventor of the safety elevator ladder.
- Harry C. Gammeter, inventor of the multigraph
- Oscar Kroehle, originator of pre-wrapped bread.