From modest beginnings since our founding in 1896, Rhoads has grown from a small fabrication shop to a leader in industrial fabrication, installation, maintenance services and facilities for commercial and government customers. On our fourth generation of family-ownership, we’ve maintained our founding principles of quality, performance and value, recognizing that the core of our success resides in our people.
Today, our team is headquartered in the Mid-Atlantic at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard. We maintain more than 300,000 square feet of industrial manufacturing facilities located adjacent to navigable water with pier access.
Milestones through the years
1896Rhoads Industries founded by Samuel Rhoads when he starts custom design and fabrication of brewery mechanical equipment
1937Samuel Rhoads Jr. takes over for his father and continues custom steel fabrication for local breweries and industrial facilities near his shop in Frankford Philadelphia
1969Dan Rhoads Sr. takes over for Samuel Rhoads Jr.
1984Company builds custom fabrication site at Sandmeyer Lane in Northeast Philadelphia
1998Rhoads first performs work at the Philly Navy Yard with projects at the Kvaerner Shipyard (now known as Philly Shipyard)
2003Rhoads occupies Building 16, a large manufacturing facility at the Navy Yard, and forms large fabrication division
2006Company purchases Building 16 and is awarded its first prime IDIQ industrial support services contract for the Federal Government
2010Rhoads forms maritime division at the Navy Yard and begins operations at Pier 5, Dry Dock 2 and later Pier 2
2013Company purchases and starts renovation of Building 57 - a 300,000 square foot heavy manufacturing facility at the Navy Yard
todayRhoads offers a total solution for industrial services and support to commercial and government customers