Company History

At Rotation Engineering, we have been satisfying your most critical metal stamping requirements since 1973.

Our Founder

Rotation Engineering was founded by James A. Lorence in 1973 as a tool and die company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Lorence built the business from scratch. A Minnesota native, he became interested in machining at Hopkins High School where one of the best shops existed. He began building gasoline engines in high school and continued to invent and build throughout his youth. It was a hobby that turned into a career. In response to demand for single-source responsibility, metal stamping operations were added in 1975 with a 30-ton punch press, and the company moved to Plymouth, Minn.

Continued Growth

Business expanded rapidly and soon the Rotation Engineering began acquiring more equipment including a 200-ton press. Other manufacturing capabilities were added, including Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) and laser equipment, press brakes and shears, welding, machining centers and more. The company manufactured a wide range of parts, from filet knives to blood pumps and even some parts used in the country’s defensive operations. By the early 1990s, the company’s facility had grown from its initial 2,500 square feet to 20,000 square feet.

Expansion to Brooklyn Park Facility

In 1995, Rotation Engineering made two major steps to enhance production: they added a 400-ton press and moved into a new, custom-designed 38,000 square-foot building in Brooklyn Park, its current location. Responding to increased business, Rotation Engineering also expanded the services offered to customers. This further differentiated the company and provided customers with lower costs and faster response times. These services, in conjunction with extensive manufacturing capabilities, have become the foundation of Rotation’s customer appeal.

The Next Chapter

In 2010, Lorence retired as CEO of Rotation Engineering, and the business was purchased by Craig Komschlies. Komschlies has 20 years of experience in the metal stamping business. A St. Olaf College graduate who majored in chemistry, Komschlies came to Rotation after 16 years as Controller at Chaska Machine & Tool. Today, located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Rotation Engineering is a progressive engineering, metal stamping and manufacturing company that has earned the respect and loyalty of its customers.

Our Facility

Rotation’s 38,000-square-foot office and production facility is located in the northern suburbs of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, conveniently located near major transportation infrastructure, as well as manufacturing vendors and suppliers.