FORGOT YOUR DETAILS?

HISTORY

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.

In the last 20 years, Custom Products has added solid modeling design software (both Pro/E and Solid Works), robotic welding and a power and free conveyor supported powder coat paint system.

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.

PRESENT
2014

2014

20,000 sq. ft. warehouse expansion

2013

2013

Relationship with GVL to complement aftermarket products

2011

2011

Test lab receives ISO/IEC17025 accreditation

2009

2009

Company celebrates 50 years of business

2008

2008

Office renovations complete

2006

2006

Phase III building and paint systems completed

2005

2005

New engineering test lab is completed

2004

2004

October 4 fire destroys original test lab

2003

2003

Install batch powder-coating system to bring this process in-house

2002

2002

Add new CNC press brake with CNC 3-axis backstop

2001

2001

500th ROPS test conducted

2000

2000

  • Land acquired for future expansion
  • Added first CNC mill

1999

1999

Phase II addition completed

1997

1997

  • March sales set a monthly record of $1 million shipped products
  • Add robotic welder

1996

1996

  • Three-phase expansion plan begins, phase 1 completed
  • Add Pro-Engineer CAD software

1995

1995

Started 5-star engineer apprentice program

1985

1985

First computer aided design (CAD) software is utilized

1981

1981

First tube bender purchased

1974

1974

The two companies are combined as one under the Custom Products name

1972

1972

  • First testing lab completed
  • First ROPS test on a small utility tractor fitted with a 4-post ROPS



1968

1968

Reinke Sheet Metal and Manufacturing forms Custom Products as its distribution company

1965

1965

New site at 1715 S. Sibley. Building now occupies approximately 16,000 sq. ft.

1962

1962

Building at 1217 S. Sibley

1959

1959

Reinke Sheet Metal and Manufacturing begins as Arvid's first sole proprietorship












PAST
TOP