Our Story

A long, long time ago...my Great Grandfather, Francis L. Freas, started a company known as Francis L. Freas Glassworks.  We, here at Brady Instruments, are extremely proud of his accomplishments, and often speak very highly of him.  His company, incorporated in 1905, existed for 100 years until family greed and deception destroyed what he had built.  Michael Marzella Jr., my Father, who was the President and Senior Engineer at Francis L. Freas Glassworks,  was left unemployed and broken during their fall. 

Thankfully, my Father, with his vast knowledge of Hydrometers and Thermometers, and my youthful exuberance, began melting glass and building instruments from scratch...just as my Great Grandfather.  Our bold journey all started in 1996, in a dark basement, with some antiquated equipment.  Our knowledge far surpassed our manufacturing capabilities.  My Father, who was accustomed to having 40 employees to carry out his ideas, now relied on Him and I.  No more, no less.  Obviously there was an adjustment period for both of us.  Serious adjustment.  We didn't care one bit.  We worked feverishly and intensely for years.  Innovation was a daily occurrence.  Customers soon began to see the fruits of our labor...and relationships were built.  Thank the Lord.

Seventeen years later, with a small army of Technicians and Craftsman, Brady Instruments supplies the world with High Quality, Hand Blown, Handcrafted, Scientific Instruments that our Forefathers would be proud to have inspired.