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Rice Lake Through The Years

About Rice Lake

Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a family-owned, ISO 9001 certified corporation, and has been manufacturing and distributing weight-related products and supplies since 1946. Within the company, progressive new technologies merge with the wisdom of industry experience to create the future of weighing through cutting-edge research and design.

Rice Lake’s roots are planted firmly in the principles of quality and customer service. Through three generations of family ownership, these ideals remain unchanged. Today, Rice Lake Weighing Systems is a global leader in measurement and automated process control.

Rice Lake offers more than 40,000 products, with over one million items in stock and available for same- or next-day shipping. The company continues to lead the industry in technological advances and quality products, all with legendary customer service.

1946


“TAKE CARE OF THE CUSTOMER AND THE REST OF THE BUSINESS WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF”

Thomas and Johnson Scale Service is established in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. There is high demand for scale service in the area due to thriving creamery, cheese and lumber businesses.

 

1961


THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

Thomas and Johnson Scale Service is established in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. There is high demand for scale service in the area due to thriving creamery, cheese and lumber businesses.

1971


THE BEGINNINGS OF A WORLD-RENOWNED METROLOGY LAB

Thomas and Johnson Scale Service becomes Rice Lake Bearing, Inc. and subsequently relocates to a larger building within the same city. Soon, they will construct Rice Lake's mass calibration and metrology lab.

1981


SERVICE, SELECTION AND SPEED

Electronic parts and components are added
to the Rice Lake catalog, ushering in a new frontier for weighing.

 

1984


RICE LAKE WEIGHING SYSTEMS

Rice Lake Bearing becomes Rice Lake Weighing Systems, offering a complete line of quality products and customer support.

 

 

 

1998


RICE LAKE WEIGHING SYSTEMS GOES GLOBAL

Rice Lake acquires offices in Mexico, establishing
Rice Lake de Mexico which becomes the company's Latin and South American office.

 

1999


CONDEC

The pressure and weighing instrumentation manufacturer Condec located in Connecticut is acquired by Rice Lake.

2000


ISHIDA PARTNERSHIP

Rice Lake partners with Ishida, a Japanese manufacturer, to offer retail weighing and wrapper equipment.

2005


EXPANDING MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

Rice Lake acquires Powell Scale in Alabama to expand heavy capacity manufacturing.

2011


AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY

NORAC Systems International, a Canadian agriculture weighing company, is acquired by Rice Lake.


Rice Lake Weighing Systems India Ltd. is created through a joint venture between Rice Lake and Strategic Weighing Systems in Chennai, India.

2012


MSI - Measurement Systems International

Measurement Systems International (MSI) based in Washington is acquired to broaden Rice Lake's overhead weighing product line.


Rice Lake establishes a manufacturing facility in Nevada to increase manufacturing capacity.

2013


Master Engineering

Master Engineering B.V. in the Netherlands is acquired by Rice Lake, expanding our reach to Europe.

2016


DINI ARGEO

Dini Argeo, founded in 1846 and based in Italy, is acquired by Rice Lake to strengthen our global presence.


Heusser Neweigh metrology lab in California is acquired by Rice Lake.

2018


JASPER, ALABAMA

Rice Lake opens a new manufacturing facility in Alabama to increase heavy capacity production.


2020


A NEW DIMENSION TO RICE LAKE WEIGHING SYSTEMS

Rice Lake acquires The Postea Group in Massachusetts to advance the development and manufacturing of dimensioning equipment and software.

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