About Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co.




The story of Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co. began nearly a century ago, in the early 1920’s. In 1923, a University of Minnesota Engineering Instructor by the name of Dayton A. Rogers envisioned a shortened manufacturing process that utilized tools and dies. Dayton was no stranger to using his ingenuity to optimize processes- just earlier that year, he had developed a toaster with a dial to perfectly brown bread slices in his own home. To begin his efforts to shorten the tool and die manufacturing process, he devised a method which employed his own temporary dies.

One day, Dayton tasked his university students with building an outboard motor – this assignment put the wheels in motion for pioneering an industry, and growing it through unrivaled standards of quality and service. Inspired by his students’ work, Dayton made adjustments to his temporary die system and it evolved into a new, more refined methodology.

In 1929, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Company was formed. “Short Run Metal Stamping” was off and running, and the business of metal manufacturing was altered forever.


By producing small quantities of stamped or pressed metal forms, Dayton was able to offer custom metal stamped parts at a fraction of standard costs. From humble beginnings came early success – including the dial up toaster, the dry mounting press, and intricate Kodak typewriter tooling. Dayton Rogers began to grow. As business continued to boom, Dayton Rogers made process improvements, new inventions, and production efficiencies accessible and affordable to engineers, innovators, and artisans alike.

A WWI veteran, Dayton contributed to the WWII victory by manufacturing integral parts for both air and ground efforts. To this day, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing proudly provides superior components to our military and aerospace industries – as well as medical, industrial, energy and everything in between. Our philosophy is, and always will be – your ideas and our capabilities know no boundaries. From toasters to satellites, no project is too humble or extravagant for our metal stamping method.

As an educator, Rogers never lost sight of his basic tenets of continuous advancements and sharing that knowledge with his peers in engineering and industry. Rogers’ core convictions and pioneering spirit continued throughout his career, and are still reflected in the company today.

Founder - Dayton A. Rogers

In fact, Dayton Rogers Manufacturing wrote the book on metal forming. Generally called “The Red Book”, this technical design manual is the foremost industry tool for high standards and preferred manufacturing disciplines. It’s just one of the many ways our company continues to positively influence the art of metal forming, even 95 years later.

With every part and every improvement, for all your projects and challenges, we build on experience, advance your ideas, and form the future.

We are Dayton Rogers.

CEO – Ron Lowry

Ron Lowry began working for Dayton Rogers in 1980. His hard work and dedication promoted him to President of Dayton Rogers in 2002. In 2009 Ron Lowry became the owner of Dayton Rogers.

CEO – John Seeger Jr.

John Seeger Jr. stepped up as President of Dayton Rogers following his father’s retirement in 1997. At that time he took over ownership from his father until he sold to Ron Lowry in 2009.

CEO – John Seeger Sr.

Mr. Seeger bought the company from Dayton A. Rogers in 1961, until his son, John Seeger Junior took over ownership in 1997.

Dayton Rogers Minnesota

Within the city of Minneapolis is the heartbeat of Dayton Rogers. Home to our main corporate office and first manufacturing facility, Minnesota is the state where our founder Dayton A. Rogers started it all. Today, Dayton Rogers Minneapolis is our home base where we provide metal stamping and metal fabrication services to industries of all kinds.


8401 West 35W Service Drive 
Minneapolis, MN 55449

Dayton Rogers Ohio

In 1986, Dayton Rogers bought Federal Stampings and our current Ohio plant was a part of the acquisition. Until the late 1990’s when they added machining capabilities as a secondary service, the Ohio division was solely a stampings operation. Today, the Dayton Rogers Ohio plant is a full-service metal stamping and metal fabrication supplier and is trusted by leaders in all industries.


2309 McGaw Road West
Columbus, OH 43207

Dayton Rogers South Carolina

Dayton Rogers South Carolina is our newest location, established in 2013. This location features a 135,000 sq. ft. facility comprised of two buildings where our skilled engineers and technicians flex their expertise in metal stamping, metal forming, and metal fabrication with our newest equipment.


12223 C R Koon Hwy
Newberry, SC 29108

Dayton Rogers Texas

Dayton Rogers of Texas is located in Arlington, just a quick trip from the major DFW area. This location houses all kinds of metal forming equipment from metal stamping presses to laser cutting machines. A second building is dedicated to secondary welding fabrication services.


1107 Commercial Blvd N
Arlington, TX 76001


Our Core Values

At Dayton Rogers, we not only pride ourselves on the level of service and quality products we provide to our customers; we value all the people who work with diligence and dedication to deliver those results. Our team of Engineers, Production Professionals, and Customer Service Experts go the extra mile on every project. We maintain our high level of service and pride in our work through our People and Business Values.


Treat others with uncompromising truth

Lavish trust on your associates

Mentor unselfishly

Be receptive to new ideas, regardless of their origin

Take personal risks for the organization’s sake

Give credit where it’s due

Do not touch dishonest dollars

Put the interest of others before your own

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Customers First

Know, understand, and partner with customers

Member Citizenship

Commit to honest relationships 

Industry Leader

Provide industry leadership and encourage continuous improvement and training

People Success

Promote members’ success through respect mentoring and trust

Work Environment

Promote a safe work environment and team participation

Financial Success
Maintain a growing enterprise while promoting opportunities that involve continuous improvement and cost effectiveness

Metal Stamping Fabrication

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