About Us

In 1902 machinist Fred Drews and inventor Hugo Reichel combined their talents into a Chicago company to be called Reichel & Drews. The company was founded on the principle that quality industrial products, which fulfill customer needs, would make it an industry leader. Today, we still believe in this guiding principle.

One of Hugo Reichel’s key inventions was begun in 1923 and patented in January 1926. His shingle cutter enhanced the cutting, stacking and bundling of asphalt shingles. This landmark invention helped change the company and the industry. This machine would take long rolls of asphalt composition roofing and cut individual shingles from the material.

In the 1930’s Reichel & Drews introduced to the industry the first automated roll winder. This innovation was then followed by the automated stacking system, shingle bundle wrapping machine and the automated shingle bundle palletizing system.

Throughout our more than 100 years of history, Reichel & Drews has grown with the asphalt & bitumen roofing manufacturing industries. We are one of the few companies in the world that can supply manufacturing systems for both the production of shingles and commercial roll products along with a full complement of other products all intended to make a roofing material manufacturing plant more productive and profitable.

Reichel & Drews is a supplier of quality engineered machinery backed by advanced controls, replacement parts, upgrades, knives, maintenance services and engineering consulting services.

We work with our customers from concept through completion; assisting in project and budget planning, cost justification, engineering and construction. We continually seek new and better ways to solve your problems, improve your productivity and reduce your costs.

Our Sales, Engineering and Service teams operate as a single unit with only one goal in mind: your complete satisfaction.

History of Reichel & Drews