By Amanda Carlson
St. Louis is certainly well-known for its tow- ering Gateway Arch, perennially contending professional baseball team, and nationally
known beverage brand Anheuser-Busch. The region is also equally known for its brutally hot and
humid weather in the summer months. Punishing
weather should be no reason to prevent local residents and tourists from enjoying the outdoors with
cold drink in hand.
At least that’s what the owners of Schneithorst’s
Restaurant & Bar thought. The German-inspired
eatery and beer garden, established a century ago
in 1917, contracted St. Louis-based TROCO Custom
Fabricators to fabricate a sweet upgrade to it roof-top bar in an e;ort to allow patrons to enjoy an
open-air environment year-round, rain or shine.
TROCO knows all about weathering storms. A;er
15 years in business, the company has survived the
cyclical nature of business, including the recession
of that latter portion of the last decade.
“The recession was tough on everyone,” said Tim
Trotter, president of TROCO Custom Fabricators.
“We had really steady growth until the recession,
Not only did they survive, but they boasted their
best year to date in 2016, and 2017 is shaping up to
be even better. It doesn’t hurt that the company,
which employs 22, has a healthy array of heavy
fabricating equipment at its disposal, including a
60-ton press brake, a 120-ton press brake, a 10-;.
shear that can sever plate up to ¼ in. thick, multiple
GMAW and GTAW stations, in-house machining centers, lathes, drill presses, and a 6- by 12-;. waterjet.