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”

Donald B. Johnson and Warren Thomas opened the doors of Thomas & Johnson Scale Service in Rice Lake, Wis.

1950s

Thinking inside the box

Due to a resource strain caused by WWII, Donald B. sent empty ammunition boxes to national scale conferences, offering to refinish any scale parts sent back in the boxes for fifty cents apiece with a guaranteed two- to three-day turnaround.

1960s

A warm Wisconsin welcome

Thomas & Johnson published their first bearings and pivots catalog and opened the first National Conference hospitality suite, welcoming guests with Wisconsin cheese and sausage.

1970s

The beginnings of a world-renowned metrology lab

Thomas & Johnson Scale Service became Rice Lake Bearing, Inc. By adding test weights and a metrology lab, the company became a major supplier of precision test weights and recalibration services.

1980s

Service, selection and speed

Donald B. and his son Mark Johnson, Sr. became the sole owners of Rice Lake Bearing and in 1986, renamed the company Rice Lake Weighing Systems. Electronic parts and components were included with the mechanical scale business—setting the stage for strong application and engineering support for the entire scale industry.

1990s

Every industry needs a scale

Rice Lake grew to serve a wide spectrum of industries including: bulk construction materials, chemical, food and beverage processing, timber, pulp and paper, manufacturing, packaging and material handling, pharmaceuticals, retail, supply chain management, transport and logistics, and utilities and waste.

2000s

Rice Lake Weighing Systems goes global

Rice Lake opened support facilities throughout the United States in Jasper, Alabama and Fernley, Nevada as well as internationally in Mexico and India. In 2009, Rice Lake Weighing Systems acquired FlexWeigh Division of Enduro Systems.

2010s

Expanding Possibilities

Rice Lake continued to expand globally by opening a European division in 2011 and acquiring NORAC Systems International, a Canadian-based manufacturer of agricultural weighing equipment. In 2012, Measurement Systems International (MSI), renowned for niche technologies such as dynamometers and crane scales, became a Rice Lake brand. In 2013, Rice Lake Weighing Systems acquired belt scale manufacturer Master Engineering in the Netherlands. In 2016, Rice Lake acquired Heusser Neweigh metrology services in Concord, California and Dini Argeo weighing systems in Modena, Italy. The Concord lab, formally Heusser Neweigh, specializes in metrology and calibration services, and Dini Argeo products include a wide variety of weighing systems for mechanical, electronic and software applications.

Today

The best by every measure

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

To be the best by every measure®

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