Apel Machine and Supply Company was founded March 1, 1941, when Fritz, Edward and Arthur Apelpurchased Cullman Iron Works from JakeEhrensperger. Jake s father, Henry, had come from Depere, Wisconsin, in 1897 and started the business in an old box factory at 1st Avenue East between 8th and 9th Streets, SE. Fritz, at age 16, started working in the foundry for the Ehrensperger family. The foundry business, however, did not last long after World War II. Business changed to work on steam engines, cotton mills, sawmills, sharpening of plows, saws, and farm related equipment. Edward went to Cleveland to Lincoln Electric School and learned electric welding for truck frames, etc. Eventually, the Apel family drilled water wells, plumbed chicken houses, ran water lines and handled mill supplies such as screw conveyors in order to keep up with the times and changing economy. Then came the steel business; furnishing structural steel for houses and buildings, steel erection and crane service. As the business expanded, it moved to Highway 31 North in 1959 where it remained for the next 42 years. In 2001, a larger and more modern building was constructed at the present location.
In Alabama industry is booming, especially in the north and central regions. We tailor to the needs of these businesses with a variety of services. Apel Machine services many different industries with daily and weekly inventory management and orders, plant shutdown, and plant expansion. We can fabricate material storage and handling rack systems to aide increased productivity. We can fabricate individual items or a full production. Apel Machine and Supply Co strives to tailor to the customer s needs, whatever they may be. We instill in our employees, quality workmanship with a professional and courteous atmosphere. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction, quick turnaround time, high quality, and low prices. We offer many shop and field services. A portion of our business is catered to the do it yourself customers as well. We can help guide you in your project design, cut-list, and pricing while helping to keep your project cost as low as possible. We know a lot of people want the satisfaction of building something themselves, you do not have to tackle it alone though. Our expert sales staff can take a lot of the burden off your shoulders and get you going in the right direction. Apel Machine and Supply Co strives to tailor to the customer s needs, whatever they may be. We instill in our employees, quality workmanship with a professional and courteous atmosphere. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction, quick turnaround time, high quality, and low prices. We offer many shop and field services. Our services and diversity is what helps to keep us in business.