History of Knapp

photo1Mr. Walter H. Knapp and Knapp Railroad Builders, Inc. moved to Milwaukee in the early 1920’s, quickly becoming a staple in Milwaukee’s railroading and business industry.

Mr. Knapp and the Knapp Railroad Builders family also did design work, engineering and even invented and manufactured things that are still used in the modern railroad industry.

“It is not just another job, it is you, your product, and your relationship that makes every job important, no matter the size.”


Some of the flagship projects that Knapp Railroad Builders performed during Mr. Knapp’s ownership included:


Miller Brewery project in 1954
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The Port of Milwaukee project in 1928
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St. Lawrence Seaway hydroelectric project in 1954
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Many things have changed since the time of Mr. Knapp’s ownership, but the Knapp service and quality still remains. Knapp Railroad Builders, Inc. is now owned and operated by Rich Hawkins.