Roll·Rite History

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.
Custom Steel Fabrication becomes incorporated as Roll Rite with the first tarp system patent.
Roll Rite dedicates its whole facility to the sole production of tarp systems.
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.
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.
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.
Roll Rite relocates to a 68,000 square foot facility in Gladwin, Michigan.
Roll Rite acquires Automatic Load Cover in Connecticut.
Roll Rite acquires Pulltarps Manufacturing in El Cajon, Calfornia and opens a brand new location in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Roll Rite joins the Safe Fleet family of brands.