Nisbet Brower has a storied history that dates back well before health care benefits and rising costs went hand in hand. In its current form, the privately-owned company serves as a single resource of building products and services to professional contractors. As a one-stop-shop for the entire home and commercial building process, the company has a wide variety of services and a vast inventory, including materials for decking, cabinetry and counter tops, framing and truss, millwork, trim, and windows and doors installation.
At the start, however, Nisbet Brower took on a much more modest form. The company started in 1870 in Loveland, Ohio, as a small lumberyard and hardware store in the city’s downtown area.
The company would remain a staple in Loveland and eventually changed owners in 1976. The new ownership went on to make a range of acquisitions from 1998 on. Those acquisitions included Clermont Lumber, Schmitt Marble, Brower Products and Smokey Truss.
Today, Nisbet Brower uses the expertise and knowledge from these acquisitions to stay ahead of building and remodeling trends and to continue to be an all-purpose provider to builders and remodelers. The company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has 150 employees covering Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky, as well as surrounding markets.
The issue of rising health benefit costs
While Nisbet Brower has more than 130 years of experience in the building and remodeling industries, trying to mitigate rising health benefit expenses proved to be a challenge that required further insight. Knabb said they tried as many health insurance options as they could think of, but the costs continued to rise.