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; they often 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, and to this day Kelmann is the only company to have won the National RIA Phoenix Award six times.

In 2011, 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. New general manager Adam Nelson and mitigation manager Luke Myers were brought on board as well. 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.

Jerry passed away in September 2018, and Tom became president of Kelmann Restoration. One month later, the company marked its 45th anniversary with a celebration that certainly would have made Jerry proud. Today 65 employees work for Kelmann Restoration (some who have been with the company for nearly 40 years) on two campuses (Kelmann expanded to include a second building in New Berlin in 2017). Together, the team is devoted to honoring Jerry’s lifelong mission: to treat every customer, colleague and partner like family.

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I was extremely pleased with my experience while working with Kelmann Restoration… I would choose them again if I was in the need of restorations and I would highly recommend their services to anyone that is interested.

Matt S.

A sewer backup in my house happened just before Christmas. Though the timing couldn’t have been more inopportune, working with Kelmann lifted so much stress away.

Kerstin H.

Service extraordinaire! Everyone I met from Kelmann was nice, professional and good at what they did. Very responsive and did a wonderful job of getting everything back in shape! I would definitely recommend Kelmann Restoration.

Team Kelmann Client

I was very pleased with the service and quality of work provided by Kelmann on my recent laundry room remodeling project… I would definitely recommend Kelmann for their quality workmanship, service and personnel.

Helen 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.