Rottler Manufacturing Celebrates 90 Years in Business

Feb 21, 2013

Rottler Manufacturing of Kent, Washington, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2013.

A full-line manufacturer of machine tools to the performance racing, engine rebuilding, OEM manufacturing, locomotive, marine and natural gas industries, Rottler was founded in 1923 by Clarence T. Rottler and is still run by the Rottler family.

Rottler Mfg. started in Seattle as the Rottler Boring Bar Co., manufacturing machine tool equipment for the automotive aftermarket.

The first machine sale resulted from construction of a portable-type unit that was carried on a street cart to an “automotive row” repair shop to demonstrate and sell, according to a company press release.

Because engine repairs were often necessary for vehicles traveling relatively short distances on gravel roads, the Rottler Boring Bar Co. was prosperous during the Roaring Twenties, but the company’s original marketplace soon changed.

Don Rottler saw this as an opportunity to shift the company toward producing equipment that was larger, more productive and easier to operate.

The company’s named was changed to Rottler Mfg. as it expanded beyond portable boring bars.

The new millennium has brought more change to the marketplace.

Rottler has introduced new machines for the performance engine-building and industrial manufacturing industries.

Pioneering mechanical and machine control designs has been a key to Rottler’s success, as well as increased effort in export sales, the release stated.

After two plant relocations, the company constructed a 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Kent and continues to operate there today, following an expansion of 20,000 square feet in 2011.

Rottler will celebrate the anniversary milestone with its sixth annual open house on Sept. 26-27.