Threaded Fasteners, Inc. (TFI), a 100% employee-owned business specializing in the manufacturing, custom packaging, and distribution of steel fasteners, has acquired RTC Threaders — formally Ruja Tooling Corp based in Churubusco, Indiana.
RTC was founded in 1971 and is a premier manufacturer of planetary threading equipment in the U.S., innovating new lines of threading machines.
The company was started by Jack Pease and continues to run under the direction of his son, Rick Pease. Chuck Wilcoxson is also making the transition as a long-term business associate .
“We are thrilled to have Rick and the RTC team join the TFI Family… I was not only immediately impressed with the quality of the machines that he designed, but most importantly the quality of his character,” said Billy Duren, the president and chief motivational officer of Threaded Fasteners, Inc.
“I had heard of RTC, but I really didn’t know much about their operation. I interviewed several people who had an RTC Planetary. One owner described the machine as a ‘beast,’ and another stated that it was a ‘work horse.’ So, over the course of several months of conversations, both Rick and I began to see the value of combining our efforts and knowledge by making RTC part of the family of companies owned by TFI,” added Duren.
Not only was it a good cultural fit for RTC and TFI, for Pease it’s an opportunity to grow what he loves — building machines. “I’ve always had this mechanical piece to me, so I’m looking forward to having the time to develop new machines. There’s a sense of satisfaction when you build a complete machine and then see the end product,” he said.
RTC’s fleet of Eagle Machines are built in such a durable way that the industry has labeled them as “the forever machine.”
RTC offers a complete line of planetary threaders with bending options, as well as a complete line of automated bar shears. Their hydraulic Eagle Planetary Threading Machines offer constant torque and efficiency. Each machine offers versatility and production rates that allow manufacturers to make production changes fast using just minor adjustments.
“These machines are fast, durable, and customizable. For those not familiar with the fastener machine world, they are the Lamborghini of threading machines,” said Randall Connor, Manufacturing Operations Manager of Threaded Fasteners.