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COMPANY HISTORY

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Wm. H. Brewster, Jr., Inc., was founded by Bill Brewster Jr., an accomplished tool and die maker, in 1919. Originally located in Newark, NJ, the firm used to manufacture tools, dies, and metal stampings for metal working firms. A proponent of “old school” traditions, Mr. Brewster was a craftsman proud of his trade, his tools, and his commitment to the virtue of hard work. He shared his passion for the industry with his two daughters, Katherine and Marguerite, both of whom he personally trained and mentored in the highly-specialized field of manufacturing precision round washers, shims and discs.

After Bill Brewster’s death in 1958, the company relocated to Fairfield, NJ. Katherine and Marguerite Brewster shared the responsibility of carrying on their father’s legacy.

With Marguerite's passing in 2000, and Katherine's in 2010, leadership of the company passed to Salvatore Freda, Sr., a member of the Brewster team since 1952. Upon Mr. Freda's retirement in 2012, Salvatore Freda Jr., with over 20 years' experience working for the company, assumed the role of President, a position he proudly held until his passing in September of 2023. Under Sal Jr.'s leadership, Brewster Washers made significant advances as the company embraced new technologies, expanded into new markets, and experienced unprecedented growth.

The torch has now passed to Sal Jr.’s children, Brielle Freda Seminerio and Thomas Freda. Brielle has taken on the role of company President, with Thomas serving as Vice President. Together, they represent the fifth generation to carry on this company’s historic legacy as Brewster Washers celebrates its 105th year in business.

Brielle, Thomas, and the entire Brewster staff take great pride in the fact that all their parts are made in the USA, using American-made materials. The United States flag is ever present both inside and outside their facility, symbolizing both the patriotism and passion they possess in being a U.S. manufacturer. The commitment to quality is also evident in their AS9100:2016 & ISO9001:2015 certification as well as numerous accolades received throughout the years from various high-tech aerospace customers. Their company motto continues to inspire the team every day: 

"Good, Better, Best--Never let it Rest, Until your Good is Better and your Better is Best."

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SUPPORTING U.S.A. MANUFACTURING -

Always committed to producing the best products,

Brewster Washers continues to offer precision parts

proudly made by the American Workforce

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