ROLL-RITE | GLADWIN, MI
Roll-Rite began in 1978 as a small custom metal fabricator in northeastern Gladwin County. By 1991, with 25 employees, the company incorporated and patented its first electric tarp system, and committing to offering the best truck tarps in the country. In 2011, the company began manufacturing gears for their specially engineered gear driven electric tarp motors, allowing increased quality control to deliver a reliable, precision tarp system. Now, assisted by State of Michigan export programs, Roll-Rite has since grown its customer base and ships products around the world including Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and Singapore.
In the fall of 2014, Roll-Rite relocated their operation to the City of Gladwin. CEO Brad Templeman announced our distributors and the transportation equipment OEMs, “Our decision to relocate to a larger facility aligns with Roll-Rite’s strategic direction to expand our geographic reach and strengthen our application scope in designing and manufacturing state of the art automated tarp systems for the global heavy-duty trucking industry. “With increased research & engineering capabilities and additional manufacturing capacity, Roll-Rite strengthens its commitment to provide innovative systems that reliably contain and protect payloads, create a safer work environment for drivers, and maximize customer’s return-on-investment through reduced cost of ownership and increased revenues.
In the Fall of 2018, Roll-Rite became part of Safe Fleet, a leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles.
Templeman emphasized, “The future and real strength of our business is driven by our approximately eighty (80) dedicated and skilled staff each and every day.” With Roll-Rite headquarters and manufacturing operations in the 68,000 sq. ft. facility and our 18,000 sq. ft. research and engineering in Gladwin along with recent acquisitions in Connecticut and California Roll-Rite has expanded to now include seven (7) locations within the United States have given the company a stronger foundation to accelerate its growth in North America.
Roll-Rite’s 27-year attention to creating value for its customers, investing in advanced technologies, developing reliable products to meet the application requirements within the construction, agriculture and water & recycling markets and driving a culture of ongoing continuous improvement have been the cornerstone of it becoming a recognized global brand.
WHO WE WORK WITH
Roll-Rite works with Michigan Works! Region 7B and the Gladwin County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to recruit talent, offer plant tours, arrange co-ops and internships provide employee training and recently began the process of offering Registered Apprenticeships. Roll-Rite also works with STEM, Mid Michigan Community College, Gladwin and Beaverton area schools offering co-op and internships to promote an interest in manufacturing. After joining CMMA, Roll-Rite began sharing its successful business practices by showcasing its production practices. The Gladwin County Leadership Program participants toured and learned how Roll-Rite impacts its employees, Gladwin County and customers world-wide.