Custom Products is a privately held, financially-stable business located in Litchfield, MN. The company was founded in 1959 in response to local building construction contractors that required reliable metal fabricators. The first product produced by the company was rafter sockets.
Shortly after opening his business, founder Arvid Reinke was approached by a local farmer with an idea for a cab enclosure for his tractor. The core product of the business immediately changed to cab products, and ever since, Custom Products has been focused on cabs and operator protective structures.
The business grew quickly, and in 1965 moved to our current location. In 1972, Custom Products completed the test laboratory and conducted our first ROPS certification test. The company continued to expand and invest in technology and resources. Tube bending competencies were added in 1981; computer aided design and laser cutting in 1985; MRP software was added in 1988.
In 1995, we innovated again, with the 5-star Engineering Apprentice Program, which invests in the community by helping students thrive in the engineering disciplines. Numerous patents have been issued for the many innovative design solutions developed by the engineers at Custom Products.
Today, Custom Products supplies cab products to both original equipment manufacturers and to the aftermarket. Combined with a broad spectrum of diverse markets this balance stabilizes the business.
Throughout 50+ years of operation, we’ve always believed in keeping pace with the latest technologies. Frequent capital expenditures ensure we remain competitive in the global market. We react quickly to volume increases and invest in the necessary inventories to launch new programs.
20,000 sq. ft. warehouse expansion
Relationship with GVL to complement aftermarket products
Test lab receives ISO/IEC17025 accreditation
Company celebrates 50 years of business
Office renovations complete
Phase III building and paint systems completed
New engineering test lab is completed
October 4 fire destroys original test lab
Install batch powder-coating system to bring this process in-house
Add new CNC press brake with CNC 3-axis backstop
500th ROPS test conducted
- Land acquired for future expansion
- Added first CNC mill
Phase II addition completed
- March sales set a monthly record of $1 million shipped products
- Add robotic welder
- Three-phase expansion plan begins, phase 1 completed
- Add Pro-Engineer CAD software
Started 5-star engineer apprentice program
First computer aided design (CAD) software is utilized
First tube bender purchased
The two companies are combined as one under the Custom Products name
- First testing lab completed
- First ROPS test on a small utility tractor fitted with a 4-post ROPS
Reinke Sheet Metal and Manufacturing forms Custom Products as its distribution company
New site at 1715 S. Sibley. Building now occupies approximately 16,000 sq. ft.
Building at 1217 S. Sibley
Reinke Sheet Metal and Manufacturing begins as Arvid's first sole proprietorship