We've grown a lot of things, including a successful family business.
In 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced us to The Great Gatsby. The newly opened Route 66 showed a growing country the way west. Calvin Coolidge was President, and on June 2nd a young rookie from Columbia replaced Wally Pipp at first base for the Yankees. Lou Gehrig went on to play another 2,130 consecutive games on his way to the Hall of Fame.
That same year, Joe Kujawa and Peter Benka planted the first seed for what would become today's KEI. With little more than their good names, the two hard-working brothers-in-law established Cudahy Flour and Feed, and provided agricultural seeds, supplies and equipment to meet the demands of southeastern Wisconsin's growing population.
The company evolved and transformed itself a number of times over the years, adapting to the many challenges they faced. They made it through the Depression selling live poultry and farm supplies. During prohibition they saw a spike in sugar sales. When it was repealed they delivered the first legal truckload of beer in Milwaukee County. During the war years they organized metal drives and made other sacrifices on the home front. The '60s and '70s saw the company prosper as a landscape restoration provider to the local utility companies, and the '80s saw KEI's rise as a respected landscape management contractor. KEI continued to expand its service offerings throughout the '90s to meet the ever-changing needs of its growing client base.
Today, KEI ushers in the 21st Century as a third-generation, family-owned business recognized nationally as an industry leader. We have more than 150 dedicated employees delivering a complete array of services to a long list of well-recognized and well-respected commercial, residential and municipal clients.