Bootz Industries celebrates 75th anniversary
It’s been an interesting 75 years of business for Bootz Industries. “From bombs to bathtubs,” the manufacturer says.
Beginning in 1937 when William R. Bootz and his associates bought Crescent Stove Works, Bootz began fabricating steel products for the U.S. Army and Navy and was honored with Army and Navy Excellence awards during World War II. After the war ended in 1945, the company added production to include lines from Whirlpool, Coleman Co., Hunter Fan and more for the U.S. government.
Bootz started its longtime partnership with General Electric in 1960 and made stamped steel lavatories and sink shapes – which evolved into manufacturing bathtubs – during the 1970s. The company bought Peerless Pottery in 1979 and converted it to make porcelain-on-steel bathtubs, lavatories and kitchen sinks.
Since 2000, Bootz has bought and installed new equipment and opened a new distribution center. Those improvements have helped grow its production abilities and meet the needs of the “porcelain-on-steel” market. Bootz still is a privately owned and operated company run by President and CEO Peter DeSocio and Thomas Bootz, vice president of engineering and quality control.