in virtually everything made of metal, Brakewell
has produced trash bins for the New York City
subway system, stage lighting yokes, wood burning
stoves, dumbwaiter cars, and thousands of other
products. Often, the steel fabricators fashioning
a customized piece can only guess at the form
a finished product will take. It could be a base
or a bracket; a rack or a trough. Sometimes it
is simply a piece of someone elses machine.
More often than not, Brakewells
work is not seen in the final product at all,
but hidden under sidewalk curbing, in the stretch
of a limousine or as the steel skeleton of a statue
base or a stair tread of a curved stair.
Elaborate curved stairs, have
been fabricated by Brakewell for Manhattans
Trump Tower, the NBA Hall of Fame, the Time/Life
Building, the Chanel Boutique, the ESPN Sportzone
Restaurant in Times Square, as well as in the
homes of such celebrities as Billy Joel and Dustin
Hoffman. Brakewell built the boom used to replace
the torch of the Statue Of Liberty. The company
also fabricated the risers and treads of the Statues
winding interior stairs.
In 2002, Brakewell fabricated
the perimeter boundary enclosure at Ground Zero
on the World Trade Center site.
With Frank Azarenoks death
in 1978, and the subsequent buyout of Herman Kulas
share of the business in 1986, Dan Doyle Sr. remained
as Brakewells president and only active
founder. During the 1980s Doyle was joined
in the steel business by Tom and Daniel Jr. Tom
entered the family enterprise upon completion
of college in 1984 and managed the companys
sales and marketing division, and production scheduling.
Dan Jr. joined Brakewell in 1986 and has expertise in
the financial and administrative operations. Together,
Brakewell services customers
throughout the Northeast and in some cases nationally.
In 1998 Dan Doyle Sr. retired and Tom and Dan
Jr. became co-owners. In 2004 Dan Doyle Jr. bought out Tom Doyle and now is sole owner of Brakewell Steel Fabricators.
Currently Brakewell Steel Fabricators
employs 45 workers, 35 of whom practice their
trade in the shop, shearing, punching, bending,
burning, sawing, rolling or welding raw sheets
of steel into parts or whole products.