Schimberg Co. was founded in 1918 by Charles Schimberg Sr. Driven by a vision of servicing the local industry, Schimberg Co. began by fabricating pipe nipples. Charles would buy surplus pipe left over from plumbing jobs. He would then cut the pipe into specific lengths, thread it, and sell it back to plumbers for their next jobs. This modest company grew as a result of the strong business principals established by Charles Sr. Among them were dedication to his customers, dedication to treating people fairly, and a strong work ethic.
In 1941, his son Charles "Chuck" Schimberg Jr. became an officer of the company and implemented the same philosophy as his father. Chuck was always known for his willingness to go the extra mile for his customers. He added several product lines to the company including pipe, cast iron and malleable iron fittings, Milwaukee valves, soil pipe, and fixtures such as bathtubs, toilets, and lavatories. The company transitioned from a pipe nipple manufacturer to a complete plumbing wholesaler. Schimberg Co. became known as “the place to go” when an odd item or hard-to-find item was needed.
Charles C. Schimberg Sr.
Charles C. "Chuck" Schimberg Jr.
Joseph R. "Joe" Schimberg
Joe Schimberg came to work for Schimberg Co. in 1973. His father taught him the value of inventory, how to treat vendors, and how to treat employees. When Joe took over running the company in 1975, a shift occurred in the local economy as large corn processing plants were being built in the Midwest. With Joe’s vision to grow the company, Schimberg Co. shifted its focus away from a traditional plumbing supply house into an industrial pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF) distributor. The late 80’s and 90’s brought a wave of expansion for Schimberg Co. Joe’s common-sense approach and commitment to reinvestment in the business sparked Schimberg Co. to grow from 10 employees in the mid 70’s to 50 employees by 2000. The company became known as the largest stocking distributor of stainless steel products in Iowa. Joe created a new automation and controls division, a new steam division, and a new underground division to service underground water/wastewater contractors and municipalities.
"When you come to a fork in the road and don't know which way to go, choose the harder path because it's going to be right 99% of the time." - Joe Schimberg
At the turn of the millennium, Joe’s two sons, Dave and Charlie Schimberg, joined the business. In the same tradition as their father and grandfather, they did not immediately take over management roles in the company. They started working back in the warehouse, getting to know the latest products and relearning the operations side of the business. Schimberg Co. expanded its services and became a regional supplier, opening five branches. The company continued to grow along with the ethanol boom of the mid 2000s. Schimberg Co. has continued to pursue its vision and adjust to the demands of the industry. They created a sanitary division to support the growing number of customers in need of polished tube, polished fittings and sanitary valves. In 2013, Schimberg Co. entered another marketplace with the establishment of a high density polyethylene and polypropylene fusion division.
Today Schimberg Co. extends its services through Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and southwest Minnesota. It employs nearly 200 individuals and continues to pursue opportunities for growth within the industry. Ownership was transitioned to Dave and Charlie in 2014. They are committed to conducting business with the same philosophy and traditional values passed down to them from their forefathers.