ST. CATHARINES, Ontario, Canada -- M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons Ltd. is marking its 100th anniversary as a supplier to the agricultural and horticultural industries.
M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons was founded in 1914 by Moses K. Rittenhouse who originally ran the business from his barn in Jordan Station, Ontario. “100 years as a family owned and operated company is an impressive milestone, and I feel privileged to be a part of that history” says current company president, Mark Rittenhouse who joined the company in 1985. “My grandfather, father and uncles encouraged me to learn all aspects of the business while growing up across the street from the original factory.”
Rittenhouse has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The company has always been innovative with the products they sell and how they sell them in response to the countless green industry changes over 100 years. Mark’s father, Glen, patented several equipment designs, and the company continues to build custom sprayers to this day. A 1990’s mail order catalogue developed into one of the industry’s largest shopping website, www.rittenhouse.ca, in 2000 and a greatly expanded customer base. The company now ships product across North America on a daily basis as well as regular orders worldwide.
Rittenhouse continues to innovate and grow: “Dedicated long-term employees and good supplier relationships have allowed us to offer knowledgeable customer service, which in turn has allowed us to enjoy a very loyal customer base,” Rittenhouse said. Loyal customers are, after all, the most important reason a company can stay in business for a century.
M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons, Ltd. is based in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. The company manufactures and retails equipment and tools for the lawn care, agricultural, horticultural, greenhouse, golf course, and other green industries.