Our History

Our History

Krügel Cobbles Inc. was founded in March of 1982 with a pick-up truck, a borrowed trailer and an idea. The idea was to give clients a beautiful finished product of the highest quality while at the same time providing tremendous personal attention and service.  The company now employs over 40 people during the peak of the year and installs over 150 hardscape projects annually. Projects completed by Krugel Cobbles, Inc. can be seen throughout the Chicago area, especially the suburbs of the North Shore, including Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Highwood, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette and Kenilworth.

Krügel Cobbles Inc. is a family owned company and the founders, Hans & Jeri Hirsch, continue to perform active roles here. Their son Jon has been with the company since 1995 and is now Sales Manager and Chief Operating Officer. To them, creating a family atmosphere for all of their employees is very important.

After serving two tours in Viet Nam, Hans was stationed in Germany for 3 ½ years. He was stationed at Fort Sheridan when he retired from the army in 1982. Driving past the beautiful homes on Green Bay Road every day, he had the nagging feeling that something was missing.

In Europe, the driveways consisted of beautiful brick, cobblestones or concrete pavers. All he would see here were “unattractive blacktop driveways”

Starting out primarily as a paver installation company, Krügel Cobbles Inc. gradually began to diversify the services offered as the demand from existing clients increased. Today we have a masonry division specializing in flat & vertical stonework installationwell as a masonry maintenance division specializing in brick & stone restoration.

“What has not changed from day one is the underlying philosophy of honesty, integrity, and respect. These principles apply to all of our activities and guide our dealings with our employees, our vendors, and most important, our clients. Strict adherence to these principles has been the key to our success.”   – Hans Hirsch

We are not so interested in bigger and faster, but we pay a lot of attention to better. Krügel Cobbles Inc. employees are a perfect reflection of this philosophy and the result is happy clients and award-winning work. Through continued community involvement, we are a part of your neighborhood…

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