Who We Are

Fowler & Hammer, Inc. has more than 55 years of experience providing high-quality commercial construction services to the tri-state area.

We partner with both small and large customers in a wide range of industries while maintaining expertise in the healthcare, education, and industrial manufacturing sectors. Fowler & Hammer, Inc. will take the time to understand your specific needs and assist in prioritizing goals for your project.

At Fowler & Hammer, Inc., our focus is on consistently providing exceptional work at a great value while overcoming any time constraints and cost challenges. Our workforce consists of safety oriented, highly trained craftsmen who put customer needs at the forefront of their decision making.

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.


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.

His simple formula for success paired quality construction with competitive pricing in order to guarantee customer satisfaction and build long-lasting relationships.

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.”

After Bob’s passing in 1984, Jim Fowler, P.E., LEED AP, and Sue (Fowler) Christopherson continued the family legacy by leading a team of dedicated construction professionals into the next chapter of our company’s history.
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Over the past three decades, their commitment to utilizing a corporate philosophy based on “The Golden Rule”, produced a professional workforce that takes pride in their craft and the quality of their work. The majority of the success Fowler & Hammer has enjoyed can be attributed back to their basic philosophy of treating employees and customers how they would want to be treated. Their dedication to Fowler & Hammer, its employees, and our community has provided the building blocks for future company success.

Jim and Sue have scaled back their roles in day-to-day operations, but will both remain employees of Fowler & Hammer, Inc. Jim has taken on the role of Senior Estimator and Sue will remain in the accounting department as an Accounting Specialist.


On January 1, 2019, Dave Mydy, President/CEO and Eric Lehmann, Vice President/COO successfully transitioned into their new roles as owners of Fowler & Hammer, Inc. Dave and Eric have more than 20 years of combined experience with FHI and are dedicated to upholding the same family values our customers have grown accustomed to over the past 57 years.

Over the past few years, they have prepared for this transition by increasing their roles in strategic issues and day-to-day company management. Fowler & Hammer, Inc. is in great hands and they are both excited to lead our team through the next phase of our company’s history.