Trachte History - 1960s
Lawrence "Red" Walters, a former officer of Trachte Brothers Co., approaches Trachte to manufacture and install the new A&W Root Beer pagoda design for his restaurant in Edgerton, WI. This was the first A&W steel pagoda built in the United States.
Trachte Metal Buildings Company is sold to Paul Lindau. Manufacturing steel buildings for the fast food industry becomes the company's mainstay. Clients include Kentucky Fried Chicken, A&W Root Beer, Shakey's Pizza Parlors, Lum's Family Restaurants, Dairy Queen and Wendy's. Complete self-contained modules, including restrooms, kitchen equipment, wiring, etc., were built in Trachte's plant and transported to locations throughout the United States.