Corporate Philosophy

“The Golden Rule”

Treat Employees How You Want To Be Treated

Treating employees with honesty, respect, and dignity has produced a responsible, professional workforce who takes pride in their craft and the quality of their work.

Treat Customers How you Want To Be Treated

Each project receives individual specialized attention in order to better meet our customers’ needs. Our goal is to deliver the absolute best in workmanship and building materials at a cost effective price.

Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is centered around the philosophy and values of sharing power, putting the needs of others first, ethical decision making, and developing people to perform as highly as possible.

Servant leaders demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical foundations of the common good which inspires individuals to plan, implement, and assess future goals based in a people first-profit second mentality.

At Fowler & Hammer, Inc. we strive to keep the philosophy and values of servant leadership prevalent in all aspects of our company culture. We recognize and mutually capitalize on the logic that an employee who feels like a valued and respected contributor creates a flow of ideas and energy that allows us to offer better services to our customers.

Who we are

Fowler & Hammer, Inc. is an established leader among commercial general contractors serving the Midwest. We offer exceptional value through a customer-focused philosophy that espouses professionalism, quality, ethics, and safety.


Robert “Bob” Fowler, P.E., a civil engineering graduate of Marquette University, founded Fowler & Hammer, Inc. on January 22, 1963. Bob truly loved his work — from his early experience with a large concrete contractor, to his war years as a Navy Seabee constructing airfields throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Bob was fascinated with draft horses and the teamwork they displayed. Fowler and Hammer, Inc. actually bought a team of Belgians named “King and Queen” to clear the land where the company is located today on Monitor Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The horses were stabled in the company yard in what is still referred to today as “the horse barn.”

His simple formula for success paired quality construction with competitive pricing in order to guarantee customer satisfaction and build long-lasting relationships. Today, Dave Mydy, President/CEO, Eric Lehmann, Vice President/COO, Jim Fowler, P.E., LEED AP, and Sue (Fowler) Christopherson continue the Fowler family legacy by leading a team of dedicated construction professionals just as Bob did for over 20 years.

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