Litzler Oven Maker Celebrates 60th AnniversaryCleveland-based C.A. Litzler Co. Inc., Cleveland celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013, marking six decades as a family owned and operated business.

Now run by members of the third generation, Litzler was started in 1953 by Cy Litzler with an order to design a tire cord dipping machine for Firestone Tires. Today, the company manufactures custom industrial ovens, machinery and control systems for industries such as composites, converting, textile and plastics.

Since 1953, the company has seen developments in the markets and industries it serves, and it has expanded, both internally and by acquisition. Among the companies and brands owned by C.A. Litzler Co. are Quickdraft, which was purchased in 1978; PSC, which was purchased in 1997; Thermovation Engineering and Molding & Coating Technologies, which were purchased in 2001; Indacomp, which was purchased in 2005; and Foudy and WAECO, which were purchased in 2011. Litzler also has expanded into China, with offices in Shanghai.