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Tradition and quality for generations

In summer 1897, two Löhne businessmen built an unusually large kiln for firing bricks on land belonging to the Schwagmeier family: the Dampfziegelei Tonwerk Wilhelmshöhe.

Due to the financial difficulties they experienced, the land and the plant were taken over shortly afterwards by Friedrich Schwagmeier, the great-grandfather of the present owner. He continued to produce bricks at the plant.

Up until 1960, bricks for building houses were produced during the frost-free months at the Wilhelmshöhe clay-works (apart from a shut-down during WW2). In 1960, Wilfried Schwagmeier built a drying facility which made it possible to manufacture all year round. In 1969 the ring kiln was replaced with a tunnel kiln, which makes the special KERAWIL firing process possible.

In the 1980s, our company specialised in the manufacture of high-quality paving clinkers. Today, the company is headed up by its fourth generation of managers, under the leadership of Friedrich Schwagmeier.