Our History

Following the 1892 fire that destroyed much of Milwaukee's thriving, industrial Third Ward, Theodore L. Hansen saw that the long-term prospects for the hop and malt business were uncertain. The fire, however, had created a shortage of commercial warehouse space in the Third Ward, where the Milwaukee River emptied into the city's harbor on Lake Michigan. Selling his business, Hansen Hop & Malt Co., to a larger competitor five years later, Theodore commissioned the building of a four-story brick warehouse complete with basement, three elevators and two firewalls. It was completed in 1904 and articles of incorporation for Hansen Storage Company were filed on June 16th of that year.

Theodore's foresight of what the community and his customers would need became a hallmark of Hansen Storage Company over the next century. He and his descendants would demonstrate an almost uncanny knack for seeing what the next need and the next solution would be for the growing storage and transportation industries.


The Hansen Corporate Family

William C. Hansen, CEO

As president, Bill is the fourth generation to lead Hansen Storage Company. He began his career in the family business as a teen, unloading boxcars, stacking sacks of dried milk and driving a delivery truck. He joined his father in the family business on a full-time basis in 1968 after graduating from Notre Dame University.

Peter J. Hansen, President

Peter Hansen's first job at Hansen Storage Company was as a janitor when his high school recessed for the summer of 1994. Through high school and college, he worked as a "lumper," drove forklifts, and picked orders before progressing into administrative and managerial assignments. Peter joined his father in the family business on a full-time basis in 2002 after studying at George Washington University, becoming the first of a fifth generation of Hansen's in the family business.


Peter J. Schmit, Secretary/Treasurer and General Manager

Peter joined Hansen Storage Company in 1977 as the company's controller. In his more than two decades with Hansen, he has taken on the roles of secretary/treasurer and general manager. A University of Wisconsin alum, Peter is a CPA and has been a member of both the Wisconsin and American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants for more than 25 years.


Steven N. Draeger, Vice President Sales

Steve joined Hansen Storage Company in 1982 as its customer accounts manager. During this time, Steve was involved with customer service and inventory control for the company's customer base. In 1986, Steve was promoted to sales manager to assist in the development of new customers. He was promoted in 1992 to vice president of sales. Steve continues in the sales effort as well as maintaining the rapport developed with Hansen Storage customers over the many years. Along with these duties, Steve is active in the company's advertising and marketing initiatives.


Read about Hansen Storage Company's milestones from joining the American Warehouse Association to absorbing Wisconsin General Cartage and today.