In 1898, Otto Brehm, a sixteen-year-old immigrant from
Germany, arrived in the U.S.A. seeking work and fortune. After
baker apprenticeship, on January 20, 1904, he started his
first bakery. Following 18 years of hard work and perseverance,
the flour jobbing business offered various opportunities and
the first warehouse was opened in Yonkers New York.
In 1928, Ernest Brehm, Sr. entered the business
and fulfilled the ambitions of those early years through steady
accomplishments. In 1956, he became the President of the firm,
and subsequently, through interest in various civic affairs,
was presented the Small Businessman of the Year Award.
Over the years, family members have joined to help strengthen
and contribute their identities to the corporation, starting
in 1947, with Otto W. Brehm. In 1957, Ernie Brehm, Jr. started
working part-time while attending
school and in 1986 became the company President. All have
contributed to the growth and strength of Otto Brehm Inc.
in their own individual manner and have helped make the company
an outstanding organization based on quality, service and
personalized assistance to the bakers' needs.
The sales and marketing force
is comprised of extremely competent and motivated personnel
who are responsible for customer satisfaction. With the
proper balancing of individualism and collectivism, we seem
to be on the right track of a workable employee relationship
and a bright future for our company and employees. Today Otto
Brehm Inc. has sales over $40 million, employs more than 100
people and services approximately 2500 retail, in-store, and
food service bakeries in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Of the 2500 accounts, 75% are retail, 10% in-store, and the
remaining 15% food service.