Our History

Reliable Machine Company has been a custom manufacturer of quality metal stampings and assemblies, providing deburring, and welding (resistance and MIG/TIG) capabilities, along with various secondary operations for nearly 100 years.

1934

Horst "Dutch" Stuhr is born in Hamburg, Germany.

1951-1952

Dutch migrates to the United States with $17 in his pocket and completes his apprenticeship in the tool-and-die trade in Marengo, Illinois.

1957-1958

Dutch is drafted into the United States Army and meets Ruth Merolt, in Munich, Germany, where he is stationed.

1959

Dutch and Ruth marry in Munich, where their daughter, Gloria, is born.

1960

Dutch is honorably discharged and the family moves to Rockford.

1964

Dutch becomes one of seven partners at Reliable.

1971-1972

Dutch becomes sole owner of Reliable and seizes the opportunity for growth by transforming the company from a tool-and-die shop to a production shop of quality metal-stampings and assemblies.

1980

Reliable completes its second expansion and begins the process of value add.

2000

Reliable receives QS9000 certification.

2001

Reliable purchases two 500-ton Minster presses

2006

Reliable achieves ISO/TS 16949 certification.

2007-2008

Gloria receives ASM International Chairman’s Award as the Rockford Chapter’s Businesswoman of the Year and becomes partner

2010

Gloria succeeds her father and becomes sole owner.

2012

Reliable develops a green-energy plan, investing $500,000 in green lighting throughout all three plants and using renewable energy sourced from wind energy facilities throughout the United States.

2016

Reliable invests $250,000 to upgrade its 500-ton Minster Hevi-Stamper press.

2018

Reliable passes certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard with zero non-conformances.