The J. Horst Manufacturing Company

Custom steel machining and manufacturing to your engineered designs.

The J. Horst Manufacturing Company was founded in 1963 by the late James F. Horst. He started the business in a small shop located next to his home in Orrville, Ohio. In 1964, James hired his first employee and relocated his company to a 2600-square foot building in Dalton, Ohio. Today, the business has over 80,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. The facility includes eight outbuildings – covering 30,000 square feet – which are used for painting, steel-grit blasting, assembly and warehousing.


The company was owned and operated by James’s two sons, Roland and Richard, from 2003 to 2012. In December 2012, Richard retired from his position as Vice President. Today, Roland is the President and sole owner of The J. Horst Manufacturing Company.


As a custom job shop, the company has no name-brand products of its own. However, the parts machined, fabricated and assembled by J. Horst are used in many industries, both domestically and internationally. While the company has no design or engineering capabilities, they work closely with the customers to manufacture all parts according to their specifications and drawings.


The business has grown throughout the years without an outside sales staff or representatives. It has been built from its reputation for quality, fair pricing and reliability. The employees take pride in the work that they produce and the company’s commitment to honesty, excellence and solid Christian principles.


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Quality Policy

Continuing to provide consistent, high-quality goods and services to our customers is the main business objective of The J. Horst Manufacturing Company. It is our policy to constantly seek improved quality at reduced costs that still exceeds the requirements of our customer. This company was built on quality, and it will survive on quality.



The J. Horst Manufacturing Company  |  279 East Main St.  |  Dalton, OH 44618  |  (330) 828-2216