M.H. Rhodes/Cramer Company, divisions of Capewell Components Company, LLC, manufactures expertly handcrafted quality benchmark and custom timing switches, mechanical and motorized cycle timers, motion devices, hour meters, and AC, DC, hysteresis type motors for a variety of commercial, industrial, HVAC, military and residential applications.
In the late 1920s, Mark Rhodes, Sr., who owned a business making straight razor sharpening tools, was losing ground to a big competitor, Gillette, and its new disposable razors. One night, as he turned off the light to go to bed, he stubbed his toe on the bedpost. He broke his toe _ but at the same time stumbled on a huge break for his company. Had there been a delay in the light, he thought, he wouldn’t have hurt himself. He soon developed a prototype, the first of its kind. The time delay worked with the toggle switch to delay the “on” or “off ” from 15 seconds to 19 hours. This was the first product for M.H. Rhodes, which soon began manufacturing timing devices. We see evidence of Rhodes’ invention today; in programmable timers for holiday lighting and security systems, to name a few. This invention also became the foundation for energy-efficient thinking that began in the ‘70s and continues today.
M.H. Rhodes opened for business at the beginning of the Great Depression. A rough decade to live in, and certainly the hardest one to start a new company. Yet today, M.H. Rhodes remains the only U.S. manufacturer of quality mechanical timers and time switches.
The Cramer Company, founded in1922, has provided North America with expertly handcrafted quality benchmark and custom mechanical and motorized cycle timers, hour meters, and AC, DC, hysteresis type motors for a variety of commercial, industrial, HVAC, and military applications.
During 2005, Capewell Components Company LLC acquired Cramer Company in a strategic partnership to expand and strengthen corporate offerings. In addition, the union of both M.H. Rhodes and Cramer Company manufacturing capabilities provide superior product offerings in key timer and device markets.
Today, M.H. Rhodes/Cramer Company jointly, continues to offer our customers superior customer service, design engineering, quality manufactured products, sales, and warehousing at our 89,000 square foot facility located in South Windsor, Connecticut and, is recognized among the leaders in the timing control industry.