McHenry Brass is the oldest, continuous operating plant in Ohio County, nestled in a small hamlet in western Kentucky. It has survived the great flu epidemic of the early 1900's, World War I, the Great Depression, the 1937 Flood, World War II and all the mining strikes during the time when the mines were the company's sole source of income!
McHenry Brass was founded and established as McHenry manufacturing and Machine Company in 1894 by seven men! Cast iron wheels and miscellaneous parts were produced for the underground mining industry. In 1917, Ed Nelson purchased the company and began to pour copper and bronze castings.
In 1921, Nelson moved the company from a small building by the railroad tracks to its present location, a vacant opera house that was home to many traveling opera productions at the turn of the century.
In 1944, Nelson's son-in-law, Frank Lawrence, took over the company and continued to operate it for thirty years.

In 1975, Sammy Levinson purchased the business with the encouragement and endorsement of Peabody Coal Company.
Levinson reorganized, reincorporated and renamed it McHenry Brass, Inc. As business from the coal mining industry began to diminish, McHenry Brass was remarketed to attract business from other types of industry across the United States. In 1975, coal mining comprised 95% of the company's revenue. Today, coal mining accounts for less than 5% of that income.
In the early 1990's, McHenry Brass received a "facelift" of sorts, with renovation of its existing facilities to accommodate increasing business demands and to comply with OSHA/EPA regulations.
Today, McHenry Brass is a state of the art brass and bronze foundry providing brass and bronze parts to companies across the globe. Because of its' specialization in getting parts repaired and manufactured in record speed, McHenry Brass is recognized nationwide as your one stop source for brass and bronze custom manufactured replacement parts. McHenry Brass also carries a full range of brass and bronze tube and plate stock.
Emergency breakdown service is our specialty. Providing you, the customer, with the fastest turn-around time in the industry.