Roll Rite History

Roll Rite Foundation, History and Milestones


Into the Future

Roll Rite Facility in Gladwin MI

Roll Rite, LLC, 650 Industrial Drive, Gladwin, MI

Continued innovation, record sales and growth to date brings exciting changes. Plans for relocating our entire facility to Gladwin, Michigan began the first quarter of 2014. Since the third quarter of 2014, our entire team has been operating under one roof with up to an additional 15,000 square feet of space for continued growth.

CEO Brad Templeman, announced to distributors and OEMs, “Our decision to relocate to a larger facility aligns with Roll-Rite’s strategic direction to expand our geographic reach and application scope in designing and manufacturing state of the art automated tarp systems for the global heavy duty trucking industry serving the Construction, Governmental, Agriculture, Waste & Recycling markets.”

With increased engineering capabilities and 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.


Purpose and Strength

Roll·Rite® designs and manufactures state-of-the-art, automated tarp systems for the heavy duty trucking industry serving the Construction, Agriculture, Waste and Recycling markets.  Our systems efficiently and reliably contain and protect payloads, create a safer working environment for drivers, and maximize your return-on-investment by increasing revenues and reducing cost of ownership.


Our Foundation

Roll-Rite Corporation was incorporated in 1991. Prior to that date, the company was known as Custom Steel Fabrication. Custom Steel Fabrication was founded in 1978 by Timothy and Marlane Searfoss and occupied a 1248 square foot building in Alger, Michigan. As the name implies, the company first specialized in the fabrication of custom metal products.

After the passage of the Michigan tarp law in 1989, many local dump truck operators came to Tim and asked him to build a tarping system that worked better than the systems available on the market at that time. Tim accepted the challenge and designed a system that overcame many of the limitations of those other systems. Features such as the direct drive gear motor and tension bow were innovative enough to earn U.S. patents.

The popularity of this new tarping system soon left no time to manufacture other products and led to the company’s specialization in tarping systems and accessories. By 1995, Roll-Rite Corporation had established itself as one of the top manufacturers in the tarping industry and had begun a period of steady growth that continues today.

By late 1996 it became clear that issues with tarp material quality were causing problems for Roll-Rite customers. In 1997 the company began sewing their own line of tarps using top-quality engineered fabrics and mass production techniques.

After outgrowing three gear suppliers in as many years, it was decided that gear manufacturing should also be brought in-house. In the spring of 2001, Roll-Rite began producing gears in its new 12,000 square foot machine shop in Alger. This addition gave the company over 53,000 square feet of space dedicated to the manufacture and sales of tarping systems and components. The ability to blank, hobb, and heat-treat their own gears lowered costs and improved product quality dramatically.

In October 2004, Roll-Rite Corporation gained several new shareholders and became Roll Rite, LLC. This progression beyond a single family business enables Roll Rite, LLC to be stronger than ever and continue to lead the industry in innovative products of quality.