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Rittenhouse celebrates 100 years in business


March 14, 2014
By Mike Jiggens

M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons Ltd. of St. Catharines, Ont. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year as a supplier to the agricultural and horticultural industries.

The company was founded in 1914 by Moses K. Rittenhouse who originally ran the business from his barn in Jordan Station, Ont.  

“One hundred years as a family owned and operated company is an impressive milestone, and I feel privileged to be a part of that history,” said 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 been innovative with the products it sells and how they are sold 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 1990s mail order catalogue developed into one of the industry’s largest shopping website, http://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.

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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 added. 

M.K. Rittenhouse & Sons, Ltd. manufactures and retails equipment and tools for the lawn care, agricultural, horticultural, greenhouse, golf course, and other green industries.