More than a century ago, USM was known as a pre-eminent producer of iron works and window fittings. In 1961, Paul Schaerer, grandson of USM founder Ulrich Schaerer, chose to take the company in a new and dramatic direction by transforming the factory from a large, manually-oriented metal production plant into a modern, industrial enterprise. To achieve this goal, Schaerer commissioned Swiss architect Fritz Haller to design a building that would accommodate the Munsingen-based company's factory and provide ample space for administrative offices. The facilities modular architecture inspired Haller and Schaerer in the conception of flexible storage solution to accompany the firm's growth prospect. In 1963, the two men created the pioneering furniture product known today as USM Haller Systems.