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GIESE COMPANIES. In 1923 Edwin Giese began his own roofing and heating/air business in his garage. The business expanded to a location next to the Sutton Pool.

Since the location on Kerper Blvd. did not allow sufficient room for expansion, the company moved its sheet metal fabrication business to a building at 28th and Elm. A separate company, Giese Manufacturing, was formed to increase public awareness of the new business and $500,000 was invested in new machinery.

In 1981 Jim Giese Roofing was established. In 2010 the company employed forty-four people and was located at 10410 Silverwood Drive.

In 1990, the Giese company diversified into sheet metal fabrication as larger companies began outsourcing, and Giese found it could use equipment already used to make duct work.

In 1997, Giese Sheet Metal Company employed an estimated sixty people throughout the year while Giese Manufacturing's employment had increased from two to fifteen.

In 2010 the Giese company had three operations in Dubuque: Giese Sheet Metal, Giese Manufacturing, and Giese Roofing.



"Chronology" Telegraph Herald, 1979 p. 15D

"Families in Business, Telegraph Herald, July 30, 2010, p. 97