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History

As a recognized leader for over 85 years within its industry, Rogan's high quality standards, continuous investment in the newest molding machinery, and responsiveness to its customers' needs has always been the major focus of the organization and its founders.


Rogan in the 1920's

1929

On April 20, 1929, Ed Rogan Sr. imigrated from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Chicago, Illinois quickly to be followed by his brothers Nicholas and Julian. The brothers came over with a trade in carpentry. Leo Baekland, a Belgium chemist, held a patent for phenol-formaldehyde. Phenol-formaldehyde is a necessary ingredient in producing his invention in 1909 of Bakelite, the first plastic made from synthetic components. In 1927 Bakeland's patent expired and the world was able to embrace Bakelite in the production of household goods and personal accessories from pens to art deco jewelry. On October 29th, 1929 the New York Stock Exchange crashed and "The Great Depression" was soon to follow.


Rogan in the 1930's

1934

As the US's non-farm unemployment hit 37% and construction came to a halt, Ed Sr., Nick, and Jim established the Rogan Brothers Company out of desperation. Their first product was to provide a calligraphy service throughout Chicago. Their service was utilized by the iconic Chicago book seller Kroch and Bretanos for personalized gifts, the Chicago School District for diplomas, and by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago for baptisms, marriages and confirmation certificates. Additionally, the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team won their first Stanley Cup. 

1935-36

Transformation #1: A new manufacturing capability began with the purchase of a Kwikprint marking machine at $5 a month. The Kwikprint permitted the Rogan Brothers to add gold stamping to fabrics, wood, cardboard, book covers, and leather to their capabilities list. The Kwikprint Co. started in 1926, is still in business (now located in Jacksonville, Florida). The company also moved from the founders' apartment to a 200 square foot loft at 40 N Wells St. The Rogan Brothers' new location is now the place of a historically significant 5 story building that was built in 1974. 

1937

Transformations #2 and #3: New manufacturing capability and a new market began with experimentation and a little bet. Experimentation began with molded plastic rejects given to the Rogan Brothers by the Bachner Family of Chicago Molded Products who sensed that plastics could be marked more efficiently and a couple of steel dies given by the F & S Engraving company. F & S Engraving started in 1922, and is also still in business (located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois). Legend has it that Jerry Wilman, an independent sales rep for Hart Thermostat Company and a World War ONE (not two) vet, believed in the "boys". The custom of many small manufacturing shops back then was to celebrate getting paid. One Friday night Jerry bet Nick Rogan a fifth of whiskey that he couldn't invent a process to mark plastics. Today this would be called reverse psychology. Nick Rogan, according to family legend, invented a process called "branding" of plastics, later known as hot stamping. The breakthrough occurred at 4:00 AM that Saturday morning and Uncle Nick did it to win that fifth of whiskey. The stove appliance industry embraced "branding" for their dials and knobs. Before long branding became the preferred manufacturing method for marking plastics replacing previous methods of engraving and paint and wipe. Our first two customers were the Albert Lea Stove Company and Sunbeam. J.J. Rogan became a charter member of the Society of Plastics Industries Inc. 

1938

The Rogan Brothers' first checking account was opened at the Merchandise National Bank of Chicago and on February 8th the balance was $174.72. The company moves for the second time to 2001 S Michigan Avenue in Chicago and Nick Rogan opened up an Eastern "Branch" in Brooklyn, New York. The Chicago Blackhawks win their second Stanley Cup. 

1939

On January 7th the Rogan Brothers' bank balance was $153.46. The Rogan Brothers' became the United States Department of War's (now the Department of Defense) ONLY approved hot stamp marking contractor of plastics. On September 3rd France and Britain declared war against Germany.


Rogan in the 1940's

1940 

Transformation #4: New market develops because of World War II. On January 6th the Rogan Brothers' had a bank balance of $327.38. On June 25th France surrendered to Germany and the U.S. government increased sales of military equipment to Britain. Nick Rogan threw in the towel and closed our Brooklyn "Branch" but the Rogan Brothers became a military contractor by providing hot stamped markings primarily used by the U.S. Navy. The Chicago Bears win the NFC championship, defeating the Washington Redskins 73 - 0. This is still the NFL's biggest victory ever recorded (Wikipedia). 

1941 

On January 7th the Rogan Brothers' bank balance is $1,200.34. In order to fulfill military contracts after the attack on Pearl Harbor (7 December, 1941), the Rogan Brothers Company quickly increased from just the three brothers (Ed Sr., Nick and Jim) to a total of 24 employees utilizing three eight hours shifts on seven day work weeks. The Chicago Bears win the NFC championship for the second year in a row. 

1942 

On January 16th the Rogan Brothers' bank balance was $2,126.04. J.J. Rogan became a charter member of the Society of Plastics Engineers. The Rogan Brothers' Company experienced their third move to Wacker Drive on the Chicago River where rejects were literally thrown out the windows and into the Chicago River! In 1943 Edward Rogan II was born and was immediately put to work drooling on diploma seals. The Bears win the NFC championship. 

1945 

The Rogan Brother's bank balance on January 10th was $3,302.53. On September 3rd Japan surrendered which marked the end of World War II. The US Department of War sent out telegrams cancelling all military contracts. This was an across the board action as even the legendary Howard Hughes had his contract for 100 XF-11 airplanes cancelled. As government military spending was halted the first post World War II recession occurred. Due to our 1st recession ever, the Rogan Brothers Company was left with only one commercial account forcing a change in employment from 24 to just the three brothers. This market disappearance was a threatening but educating experience for the Rogan Brothers. They never put their eggs all in one basket. The savior for the Rogan Brothers Company was orders for the thumbwheel on the Sunbeam "Ironmaster" electric iron. Luckily millions of "modern" irons were sold in the post war years allowing the Rogan Brothers Company to survive its 1st recession in company history. The Chicago Cubs were in their last World Series appearance and lost to Detroit. 

1946 

Transformation #5: Knowing absolutely nothing about plastic molding, the Rogan Brothers purchased 3 war surplus Stokes/Hull compression molding machines. Ralph Brotz, co-founder of Plenco (Plastics Engineering Co. of Sheboygan established in 1934 and still in business yet today) and members of the Brotz family patiently taught the Rogan Brothers to become custom molders of phenolic plastics. This was a new manufacturing capabilitiy that could be offered - the moldingas well as the marking of plastics. On January 21st the Rogan bank balance was $1,042.74. After serving in the Canadian Army during World War II, the fourth brother Andrew Rogan joined the Rogan Brothers' Company. An advertising campaign was created "Make plans now... for the coming plastic era consult Rogan" which ran until 1950. Initial customers of the new molding capabilities included Sunbeam, Robertshaw Controls, Hart Manufacturing, Westinghouse, Amphenol, General Electric X-Ray and Hospital, Hamilton Beach, Dremel, Toastmaster and Emerson Electric. The Chicago Bears win another NFC championship. In 1947 the new moldable plastics arrive such as acrylic, fiberglass, Lucite, and vinyl as the age of Bakelite domination began to diminish. 

1948-49 

The Rogan Brothers' bank balance on February 6th, 1948 was only $289.64. The Rogan Brothers had encountered the 2nd post World War II recession and were able to survive it marking Rogan's 2nd recession in history. On March 19, 1948 we switched banks to the National Boulevard Bank of Chicago. Andrew Rogan leaves Rogan Brothers to start up Rogan Scale Corporation of Bettendorf, Iowa. John Kruk becomes 1st full time toolmaker and machinery maintenance man, a "duct tape" genius, later to become our beloved plant manager. The decision was made to go into the appliance industry as a supplier of heat resistant stove and commercial kitchen knobs, dials and handles.

1949 

The "Beatle" knob is the first knob manufactured for an undocumented customer and knob disease was contracted. The Rogan Brothers occupied a 2,500 square foot facility on Irving Park Road near Wrigley Field. As a 6 year old, Edward Rogan II, was rewarded with a Cubs game ticket if he was able to insert 5,000 screws manually in a 6 hour shift. This broke all sorts of child labor laws by today's standards and could have led to child abuse charges against Edward Rogan II's dad and uncle. Nick Rogan left the Rogan Brothers partnership to set up Synthetic Products, a custom compression molding company, in Racine, Wisconsin.


Rogan in the 1950's

1952

As sales to the appliance and connector industries grew the Rogan Brothers needed more room. Therefore, Rogan Brothers built their fist ever "shop" in a 6,000 square foot stand alone factory in Skokie, Illinois. Due to the change of plant location now 9 year old Edward Rogan lost his reward of Cubs game tickets. Jack Ehrlich becomes outside accountant/CPA and trusted confidant to both Rogan families. In 1953 the Rogan Brothers join the Society of Plastics Industry. The Rogan Brothers also make it thru the 3rd recession caused by post Korean War inflation. 

1955

Transformation #6: A new design oriented and culture was created for the appliance industry. The Rogan Brothers became proprietary plastic knob and escutcheon (archaic English for dial) molders. The 1st proprietary design was the RB-11 knob and RB-1000 dial. J.J. Rogan hired the legendary industrial designer Brooks Stevens to design appliance knobs. Meanwhile, Richard J. Daley is elected to be Mayor of Chicago and on October 4th, 1957 the USSR launched Sputnik. 

1957

Rogan Brothers survive its 4th recession, an 11 month business contraction caused by tightening the money in fear of inflation.

1958

Transformation #7: Dramatically new knob designs were offered to the marketplace through the help of Bob Podall. J.J. Rogan found Bob Podall, a freshly graduated University of Illinois-Urban mechanical engineer, and had him design the RB-700 Series. Co-engineered by Joe Roshman at Northern Engraving Company of Sparta, Wisconsin, the RB-700 Series was the first in the US to feature spun and anodized aluminum caps and dials. This series was compression molded and specifically designed for the appliance industry. The Corning Glass Corporation's countertop stove became its only appliance customer as injection molding became the appliance industry's plastic process of choice due to faster cycles and lower costs. Besides appliances, the RB-700 knob series could be found on guitars. Fred Hall of Rickenbacker Guitars placed RB-700 Series knobs on John Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 guitar. 

1959

The Chicago "Go-Go" White Sox were in the World Series, but lost. In 1960 the Rogan Brothers survived their 5th recession with no backlog forcing 3 day work weeks and the most severe recession in company history until 2008. John F. Kennedy is elected President.


Rogan in the 1960's

1961 

On April 12th the USSR puts Yuri Gargarin, the 1st astronaut, into orbit and returns him to earth. In response to the USSR's accomplishment on May 25th President Kennedy declares "America will go to the moon and return an astronaut to Earth safely before the end of the decade". The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. 

1962 

Transformation #8: JFK's decision to get to the moon first creates a whole new industry of scientific test and analogic instruments. American ingenuity, inventiveness and capitalist competition prevail in the space race as JFK and LBJ's governments issue billions of dollars of NASA contracts. The modern US electronics industry was born and it employed 1,800,000 Americans in 2009. The Rogan Brothers were on board as industrial design consciousness replaces all black "Flash Gordon" knobs with theRB-700 Series. 

1963 

In 1963 the Chicago Bears win the NFC Championship for the first time in 17 years.

1966

By 1966 Edward Rogan II had joined the Rogan Brothers. Rogan Brothers expandsfactory to 18,000 square feet.

1967

In 1967 the Rogan Brothers incorporates to become Rogan Corporation and buys its first two injection molding machines. J.J. Rogan, John Von Holdt (founder of Plas-Tool), Joe Klingler (co-founder of Janler Tool) and Bob Podall design a new series of instrument knobs dubbed the "67 Series". The "67 Series" incorporated injection molding, rotating mold base tables, and interchangeable DME (Detroit Mold Engineering) mold components to become the most profitable insert molded control knob series in world history with the volume continuing to grow until the 1990's. 

1968

FBI/Defense Department informs Rogan Corporation that our RB-700 knobs survived the 1967 Six Day Israeli-Arab War...in a Russian tank. In response to this knowledge the US government requested customer lists for investigation on how Russians obtained top secret US tank technology.

1969

On July 21st,1969 American Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon fulfilling President Kennedy's promise to get an American on the moon before the end of the decade. Rogan Corporation received a commendation of our contribution by the US government "for having supplied a component that was on the moon's surface". (Note: we believe that we had a knob that was on the instrument[s] that collected and/or analyzed moon rocks.)


Rogan in the 1970's

1970

In 1970 Rogan Corporation was able to survive its 6th recession.

1972

In 1972 Rogan Corporation builds and occupies a new 42,000 square foot facility in Northbrook Illinois and places a profit sharing plan into effect.

1973

In 1973 OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) creates an oil crisis and gasoline station rationing creates lines for U.S. citizens to fill up their autos. Resins being delivered to Northbrook in packaging marked for export only created a plastic raw material shortage. A new threat of resin shortages is faced by all molders. The biggest users of plastics were the first to receive their orders. Rogan was at the bottom of this pyramid and nights of sleep were lost.

1974

From 1974 to 1975 Rogan Corporation experienced its 7th recession and was again able to survive it. 

1976

Transformation #9: Rogan Corporation enters a new market and creates proprietary threaded hand fasteners. The Delta Series is Rogan's first fastener line. It receives design awards and becomes a big success leading to more series being introduced. The word 'stagflation' was invented after rampant inflation was coupled with small United States GDP growth results. On December 20th, 1976 Mayor Richard J. Daley suddenly died.

1978

In 1978 Edward Rogan II purchases Rogan Corporation from his uncle, J.J. Rogan and his father, Ed Rogan Sr.

1979

In 1979 multi-material/two-shot injection Van Dorn(later DEMAG) molding machines were added. This opened the door to two materials in one molding operation (also known as 2 shot molding). Two new members also join Rogan Corporation, David Schoessow as the assistant plant manager and Jim Ritzema as a mold maker's apprentice.


Rogan in the 1980's

1980

Transformation #10: A professional marketing plan. In 1980 the prime lending rate is 20.05% and consumer price inflation reaches 14.76%. Len Hones and Dick Spurgeon of K.W. Tunnell Consultants start a long term strategic planning relationship. In 1981 Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States. A 22-month 'W-shaped' recession squeezes out inflation and Rogan Corporation rides out surviving its 8th recession. The geographic term 'Rust Belt' is created by there being a strong dollar, foreign competition and recession. Hones, Spurgeon and Rogan Corporation create the 'Last Man Standing' 5 year marketing plan. 

1982

Transformation #11: 'Pure Touch' Series of control knobs are introduced with a rubber-like 1st surface molded of Kraton. Other companies did similar things but much later such as Butler Mfg Company introducing the GUM line of two-color, soft feel toothbrushes in 1988 and OXO introduced first Good Groups in 1990. Rogan Corporation is a pioneer at automatic two material molding. In 1984 Rogan Corporation acquires Sutphen Corporation, a decorative metal trim manufacturer. The Chicago Bulls sign a rookie named Michael Jordan. 

1985

Transformation #12: Rogan Corporation learned a new manufacturing skill. Using Italian technology and PRESMA molding equipment Rogan Corporation molded a co-injection ball knob series. Co-injection molding is using reground plastics as filler and thin walled shiny virgin plastic skin molder over the filler providing aesthetics and this method is the forerunner of the environmentalist demand that scrap and regrind plastics be re-used. This method is especially successful in the manufacturing of high heels on women's shoes. Da Bears win their 1st and to date only Super Bowl. 

1986

INC MAGAZINE's featured a compensation system in their August, 1993 edition under 'Good Form'. A Gainsharing Program that was very successfully implemented at Rogan Corporation was the subject of the article. After realizing that heat generated by our two compressors back in the plant could be recycled, Rogan Corporation drastically reduces natural gas usage for heating the plant. Rogan was going green way before it became politically correct. In 1988 Rogan receives spurious and fictitious claims against us on quality issues but Rogan was able to vanquish these as ALL court actions were victories further confirming that Rogan Corporation manufactures with the highest quality.  Rogan Corp experiences and learns firsthand how vicious the new internet technology can be because of lawyer chat rooms.

1989

In order to insure quality standards Rogan Corporation creates mechanical and material specifications for its plastic knob fastener product lines. These specs are widely adopted by the plastic knob fastener industry's suppliers and customers. Richard M. Daley is elected the Mayor of Chicago. As 92 months of US economic growth comes to an end in 1990 Rogan Corp had survived its 9th recession.


Rogan in the 1990's

1991

Transformation #13: Rogan again embraces new molding technology. A stand alone facility and company masters gas assist molding. Rogan becomes a pioneer in gas assist molding. Co-founder Ed Rogan Sr. (1907-1991) passes away.  The Chicago Bulls win their first ever NBA Championship.

1992

In 1992 Rogan Corporation creates 'Design Standards Company' and a distributor of hand held hardware. Rogan Corporation is named an Employer of the Year by 'INC MAGAZINE'. The Chicago Bulls win their second NBA championship.

1993

Rogan survives its 10th recession. Two years after his brother J.J. Rogan (1911-1993) co-founder and driving force of Rogan Brothers dies. On May 7th 1993 Rogan Corporation grants Nabeya Kogyo Co., (NBK) Ltd of Seki City, Gifu Prefecture Japan sole distribution rights in Japan. On September 13th, Rogan produces its first gas assist product named 'My Cubby' which is sold thru big box department stores such as Wal-Mart. Cinpres technology and Van Dorn(later to be DEMAG) molding machines are utilized. Rogan Corporation proves to be a green company when it creates a native Illinois prairie on the back two acres of the Northbrook facility in cooperation with the Northbrook Garden Club. The Bulls win their third NBA Championship in a row. 

1994

The Chicago Tribune Co. has a series entitled 'The New Breed of Leaders Driving a Business Revolution' and Rogan Corporation was the first of four companies featured. After 13 years Rogan Corporation was able to complete its five year strategic 'Last Man Standing' plan.

1995

In 1995 J.J. Rogan Scholarship Fund is established for U of Illinois at Urbana, U of Illinois at Chicago, and U of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1996 the Chicago Bulls won their fourth NBA Championship in a row. 

1997  

In 1997 the 500 millionth part in our history was shipped. It's not surprising this landmark was hit considering that this year in Rogan's history we experienced our greatest profitability with a 20+% pre-tax profit obtained. This was attained through just, loyal, willing, clever, hard working, and customer oriented members of 'Rogan', as we call ourselves. Additionally, 4 high cubes (vertical storage) were installed making appoximately 1500 sq ft of the plant floor available for other uses. Rogan co-sponsored the 'Creative Challenge for Design Engineers' National Contest with Machine Design Magazine. This contest required contestants to submit bridges built from the same 627-piece K'NEX' kit and the winning bridge supported 55 pounds. The Bulls continue their winning streak with the 5th NBA title in a row.

1998

German manufacturer and distributor of hand hardware added the Rogan line to their product line which included our CAD drawings. Kipp to this day is one of most treasured and loyal partners. 

1999

Rogan Corporation was the winner of the 'Manufacturing Counts 99 Award' by the Chicago Manufacturing Center and Illinois Institute of Technology.  Rogan was also awarded an Illinois grant allowing us to implement a state of the art automatic plastics recycling system.


Rogan in the 2000's

2001

US economic growth came to an end after 120 months. On September 11th terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York City. Terrorists also crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., leaving the country psychologically devastated. The dot.com bubble took place as NASDAQ suddenly dropped after steadily increasing over a few years. Rogan Corporation also endured its 11th recession.

2003

With the 9-11 hangover the United Stated faced difficult times and the manufacturing industry took a hard hit. Rogan reflected an economy in despair.

2006

Rogan again enters a new field, that of medical plastics. The technology of Liquid Injection Silicone Molding, LIMS, is embraced as our future. Rogan Corporation's liquid silicone can be molded to stainless steel and polycarbonate samples. These moldings were included in 'Inventables, a firm that seeks out obscure, newfangled technologies, textiles and thingamajigs'(see Forbes June, 2006) quarterly client mailings.

Rogan's quality system becomes registered to ISO 9001:2000.

2007

On April 1st Rogan Corporation combines Rogan Medical Components into the Northbrook facility. Rogan adds a medical clean room to the Northbrook, IL facility from Rogan Medical in Lake Bluff, IL. Rogan Corporation celebrated our 73rd Annual Founders Day as Ed Rogan Sr. would have been 100 years old this year.

2008-2010

Taichi Okamoto (1941-2009) of NBK Co. Ltd, Japan passed away at the age of sixty-eight. Taichi was a true friend, teacher and visionary to Rogan Corporation. Due to the Greatest Recession in U.S. history, Rogan Corp's 75th Anniversary Party had to be cancelled. This recession, the 12th in our history, was detrimental to the company. 

Rogan's quality system registration is upgraded to ISO 9001:2008.

The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup against the Philadelphia Flyers. This was their first Stanley Cup win in over 40 years but their 4th win overall.


Rogan in the 2010's

 

2011

Rogan Corporation celebrated our 77th Annual Founders Day Celebration. Co-Founder J.J. Rogan would have been 100 years old this year!

2012

To serve the demand of the medical and dental device industries, Rogan adds a new 1,500 square foot Class 100,000 clean room. Four new horizontal and vertical Liquid Silicone Rubber (thus the designation LSR) injection-molding presses were purchased, along with a two-color pad printing machine and Servo robots. Investment in new machinery and auxiliary equipment for the period of 2010 to 2012 exceeds $1.5 million.

Rogan's quality system becomes registered to ISO 13485:2003 for manufacturer of medical components.

2013

In March of 2013 Rogan Corporation experienced a flood. In February, a freak heat wave followed by a severe freeze-up caused the main front office water line to buckle. The resulting running water was forced upwards by the frozen soil cracking the office floor in an almost perfect seam down the middle. Physics in action as water seeks the path of least resistance, our entire office was under a few feet of water. Parts of the plant had an inch or two of water but was still functioning. The cleanup contractor's crew of 17 did a fabulous job of keeping us running. The lunchroom and the mezzanine were transformed into office spaces. Due to an uncooperative insurance company it wasn't until August that we were back in our offices. We believe that we were the victims of the 2nd string insurance adjustors as the 1st string was still working the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy. Owner Ed Rogan said, "I never dreamed that we'd be subjected to a flood in February. Competitors had experienced fires, tornadoes, major supply line disruptions, leaking roofs, and weeks-long power black outs so I knew that any manufacturing business and its facility are susceptible to interruptions. But a flood ? never". So in 2013, our 79th year in business, with no lakes, no rivers, no creeks, no detention ponds around us and a functioning storm water sewer system, Rogan had a flood. No one missed a shipment and there were no wages lost.

Rogan Corporation had a featured article in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry about LSR capabilities and its future in the medical world. This article was co-written Eric Bishop and Rogan Corp's Jim Ritzema who is the director of operations.

In June the Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins.

2014

Rogan is featured in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry with an article focusing on the importance of communication and cooperation between molder, mold builder and molding press manufacturer to help ensure optimal Liquid Silicone Rubber molding results.

Rogan also further expanded its extensive molding capacity with the purchase of two state-of-the-art Wittmann Battenfeld two-shot hydraulic injection molding presses, and two Sodick thermoplastic horizontal injection molding presses (100-ton and 60-ton), illustrating the Company’s ongoing commitment to investing in new technology and the advancement of its molding capabilities.

2015

Rogan invests in a two-color pad printer to meet the growing demand for its high-quality medical device marking capability, as well as purchases a high-speed Makino CNC vertical machining center for its toolroom, enabling the company to perform in-house tool building functions completely in-house. In addition, Rogan adds another new Wittmann Battenfeld 400-ton two-shot horizontal injection molding press and a Sodick 60-ton liquid silicone rubber horizontal injection molding press to expand its operations.

The Chicago Blackhawks win their sixth Stanley Cup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

2016

Rogan is featured in Plastics Technology with an article highlighting its relationship with its customer, Constructive Eating, and how Rogan’s experience and two-shot molding expertise helped make reshoring cost-effective for that customer.

In October, Rogan hosts students from a local high school on Manufacturing Day, providing up close tours of Rogan’s state-of-the-art facility and injection molding processes. The entire Rogan team was involved in providing the students with an introduction to manufacturing and the tremendous career opportunities that are available to them.

Rogan adds a new Wittmann Battenfeld 40-ton thermoplastic vertical injection molding press to its array of in-house injection molding machines.

The Chicago Cubs win the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.

2017

Jim Ritzema, president of Rogan, is interviewed for the inaugural issue of LSR World Magazine and shares his experience and expertise as a member of their advisory board.

Rogan launches a new branding initiative to better reflect its current manufacturing capabilities, and to emphasize its commitment to innovation and a collaborative approach to working with customers. As part of this initiative, Rogan does business as Rogan Molding Technologies.

Rogan also introduced its new series of plastic molded pull handles. These innovative handles, molded of glass-filled (GF) polypropylene (PP) and overmolded with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) to ensure long life and optimal functionality, are available in small, medium and large sizes and a wide range of colors.

In November of 2017, Rogan invests in a new Arburg 28-ton liquid silicone rubber vertical injection molding machine.

2018

Rogan purchases a new Sodick TR Series 450-ton liquid silicone rubber ultra-precision injection molding machine to add to its current array of state-of-the-art molding presses. The addition of this machine brings Rogan’s total capital investment in machinery for the 2014-2018 period to $1.7 million.

Jim Ritzema, president of Rogan, teams up with Feifei Lin (business development manager for Elkem Silicones) to author “Current LSR Material Trends in the Molding of Medical Devices” that is published in Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry. The article addresses where the evolution of LSR use – for molders, formulators, and especially designers and device engineers – is headed in the coming years.