Roffelsen, 93, came to the office every day well into his 80s to keep eye on the research department, monitor and renew his many worldwide patents, and continue to invent new things.
Roffelsen, 93, founder of Spirotech B.V. (Helmond, The
Netherlands) and Spirotherm, Inc. (Glendale Heights, Ill.), died Jan. 27 in
Helmond, The Netherlands. Roffelsen started his first company Metallo B.V. in
1948 as a trade, import, and technology enterprise. In 1970, the
technology and research division resulted in the creation of Spiro Research
B.V. and the development of the Spirovent (Roffelsen’s invention) along
with many other products.
B.V. began operations in 1985 as the worldwide manufacturing and sales company
for the growing product line, with Spirotherm Inc. following in 1990 to provide
a North American manufacturing and sales presence.
and his wife owned the businesses until 2005 when his son, Erik
Roffelsen, the current president, and wife Nelleke
Roffelsen-Peters took over as second-generation family
ownership. Even after delegating day-to-day management, he came to
the office every day well into his 80s to keep eye on the research department,
monitor and renew his many worldwide patents, and continue to
invent new things.
is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Jo; sons
Erik, Rob and Rudy;
daughter Karen; six grandchildren and five great
Obituary: Frans Roffelsen, Founder Of Spirotech and Spirotherm
January 28, 2011