Our Story

Family-owned. Locally-operated. Nationally-recognized.

Kelmann Restoration is Wisconsin’s award-winning full-service disaster cleanup and property restoration company. Our headquarters are located right here in Milwaukee, and we have been family-owned and locally-operated since 1973. We take pride in knowing that we are trusted partners in commercial and residential property restoration and committed members of our community.

Kelmann was founded in 1973 by two friends who first met in their high school principal’s office: Jerry Kelly and Dick Niggemann. Jerry and Dick began by purchasing, remodeling and managing rental properties on Milwaukee’s north side. From the beginning, they prioritized personal relationships above profit or accolades: often, they completed projects at little to no cost to help families in need, or worked at cost to support low-income housing initiatives for the City of Milwaukee.

Before long, Jerry and Dick settled into their respective roles: Dick was out of the office working with customers and subcontractors, Jerry was in the office working with Kelmann’s growing group of employees. Both were focused on growing and supporting their own families, from having children to hiring friends and relatives to giving back to the organizations that mattered most to them. For decades, Jerry and Dick took on new and more challenging projects, trained their employees in the latest technologies and industry standards, and built a business on trust, loyalty and quality work. With a growing company meant increased visibility and recognition. Kelmann began winning regional and national awards in restoration and remodeling; to this day, Kelmann is the only company to have won the National RIA Phoenix Award six times.

In 2008, Dick Niggemann retired from his work at Kelmann Restoration. It was a time of transition and forward-thinking as Jerry welcomed his oldest son, Tom, to the family business, and new general manager, Adam Nelson, and mitigation manager Luke Myers, were brought on board. Mirroring the original founders’ story, Tom and Adam met while attending Marquette University, and were roommates for three years. Luke has been a family friend of both the Kellys and the Niggemans for decades. This innovative leadership team has overseen Kelmann’s significant growth over the past five years, emphasizing an expansion in commercial work and extending Kelmann’s footprint beyond southeastern Wisconsin into northern parts of the state as well as Illinois. Today, 65 employees work for Kelmann Restoration – some who have been with the company for nearly 40 years.

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Our Process

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Very satisfied. Very impressed. Kelmann was truly responsive and professional. A rarity these days.

Steve S.

It was a pleasure to work with our project manager Jon Thorsen and his whole crew. They gave us a beautiful kitchen. We are very happy with the results.

Cheryl T.

Thank goodness for Kelmann Restoration! When we had a terrible fire at our house a few years ago Kelmann worked with us, from start to finish, to restore our house to a better-than-ever condition!

Cathy H.

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with Kelmann Restoration on multiple occasions. Each and every Kelmann associate that I have worked with has shown me and my residents nothing but the utmost professionalism and courtesy.

Milwaukee-area Property Manager

Any organization could benefit from having Kelmann Restoration as part of their emergency response plan. Kelmann Restoration has helped our organization on a number of occasions with problems.

Business Manager, Wisconsin School District