The old brick shoe factory has been rehabbed and repurposed as an apartment building.
The brothers became disillusioned and Weyenburg bought them out. He reincorporated the business in 1906 as the Weyenburg Shoe Manufacturing Company. The firm made boots for the army in the World War, and Weyenburg founded the Simplex Shoe Company to make children's shoes from the leather scraps left over from the Weyenburg factory.
In 1919, the company expanded by building this factory and warehouse in Beaver Dam. (Weyenburg also had operations, since closed, in Hartford, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan.)
As Weyenburg grew older and wished to slow down, he hired Thomas L. Florsheim from the Florsheim Shoe Family to be his CEO and company president. Under Florsheim's leadership, the company expanded by purchasing other lines and factories.
Frank L. Weyenburg died on July 4, 1976.
The company is known today as the Weyco Group, still headquartered in Milwaukee, and makers of Nunn-Bush and Stacy Adams shoes. The factory and warehouse in Beaver Dam became superfluous, and was closed in the late 1990s, costing about 50 jobs in the area.
Today, the building serves as a striking apartment building, rehabbed and repurposed. At least eight former shoe and leather-goods factories have been repurposed in Wisconsin, a nod to what was once one of the largest shoe and leather making industries in the United States.