150 Years ago, R. C. Stewart, Sr. and Wallace A. Stewart formed the Stewart Iron Works Company. From their roots as Stewart family blacksmiths they began a company that would soon produce wrought iron fence and furniture for the entire country.
The company would become known as the "World's Largest Fencemaker" and in 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair, it was awarded the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Merit for iron fencing and lawn furniture..
During World War I Stewart formed the United States Motor Truck Company and produced trucks for the U. S. Army. Following the war Stewart returned to fence products and sold them in the Sears and Roebuck Co. catalog for many years.
Starting in the 1930's a Stewart Jail Cell Division produced jail cells for most of the High Security Penitentiaries in the country. Places like Alcatraz, Leavenworth, Marion and Sing Sing were all Stewart customers.
During the Second World War, Stewart again shifted to wartime production and provided portable landing equipment for the U.S. Air Force.
The history and heritage of the Stewart Iron Works Company and its employees can be simply stated: "We work with our hands to transform iron and steel into objects of function and beauty."