History

History

The origins of Rieke date back to 1921, when Theodore W. Rieke revolutionized the steel drum industry by creating the flange closure which could be inserted without brazing, required no fusing of metals, was easily replaced, and prevented excessive scrap.

This was the first in a continuing line of technical breakthroughs, major innovations and groundbreaking developments that have characterized the growth and diversification of the company over the years.

Today, as part of the multinational TriMas Corporation, our founder’s spirit of entrepreneurialism remains very much a driving force within our business, as we continually seek to develop new and innovative packaging solutions to meet our customers’ needs.
 

 

 

COMPANY FOUNDED
by Theodore H. Rieke

 

RIEKE MOVES
to Auburn, Indiana

 

RIEKE MOVES PRODUCTION
to current location – 7th Street, Auburn

 

RIEKE RECEIVES ARMY AND NAVY 'E' AWARD
for excellence as a key supplier to the war effort

 

RIEKE DEVELOPS THE FLEXSPOUT®
for pail closures

 

RIEKE STARTS MANUFACTURING IN MEXICO AND CANADA

 

RIEKE AQUIRE THE MULTI-METER CORPORATION
manufacturers of faucets, pumps and accessories for drums

 

RIEKE LAUNCHES THE FLEXSPOUT® JR
for use on one gallon containers

 

RIEKE LAUNCHES KEY PRODUCTS, FLEXSPOUT III AND POLY RE-SEAL

 

RIEKE DE MEXICO MOVES
to new 32,000ft facility dedicated to servicing central/southern American customers

 

RIEKE LAUNCHES THE PPN SERIES
of nylon drum flanges and PDF series of replaceable plastic flanges for plastic drums

 

THE TriMas CORPORATION WAS FORMED

 

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES ENGLASS LTD
a UK based company producing high value dispensing systems

 

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES STOLZ GmBH
a German based company whose product line allows Rieke to offer industrial closure systems from one to 55 gallon drums

 

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES GRUPPO TOV
an Italian company that manufactures products similar to VISEGRIP®, but which can be used for both liquid and dry product containment

 

 

RIEKE CORPORATION ACQUIRED
by TriMas Corporation

 

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES HAMILTON FACILITY
for the production and assembly of new products

 

 

RIEKE OPENS A NEW CHINA FACILITY
in Hangzhou

 

 

RIEKE LAUNCHES THE AIRLESS DISPENSER
for over 98% product evacuation

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES THE CONTINENTAL AFA
dispensing product line

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES INNOVATIVE MOLDING
rigid caps for food, pharma and nutrition markets

 

RIEKE ACQUIRES ARMINAK & ASSOCIATES
cosmetic, personal care and household dispensers

 

RIEKE OPENS A SECOND NEW CHINA FACILITY
in Haining

 

DAVID PRITCHETT
becomes the eighth president of Rieke Corporation

 

RIEKE OPENS NEW INNOVATION CENTER
in India

 

RIEKE OPENS NEW STATE OF THE ART FACILITY 
in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico