About Rex Forge

About Us


  • Manufacturer of impression (closed) die hot metal forgings
  • Historically focused on serving customers in the Heavy Truck and Off Highway Vehicle, Light Truck & Automotive, Fluid Control and Ordnance industries
  • Operating out of a 200,000 square foot facility on 15 acres in Central Connecticut, all owned by the Company
  • 11 mechanical forging presses ranging from 1,600 to 4,000 tons
  • In-house, dedicated tool & die design, engineering and production capabilities and equipment
  • Typically processing over 70 million pounds of SBQ steel for customers annually
  • Over 100 non-union employees
  • In continuous operation since founding in 1867
Rex Forge CEO and executives

Company History


Founded in 1867 as the Atwater Manufacturing Company, the Company initially forged a variety of products, from armaments to oxen shoes, using hammers driven by pulleys and belts powered by the adjacent Quinnipiac River.


In the early 1900s, the Company’s products evolved from forgings for horse drawn carriages to components for automobiles and trucks, including some of the very first forgings used by Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company.


While always maintaining a primary focus and expertise in serving the automotive and truck industries, during the 1900s Rex Forge expanded into serving customers in the mining, railroad, fluid control and ordnance industries as well.


Rex Forge underwent a large transformation beginning in the 1980s, when much of its business shifted from hammers to mechanical presses, utilizing newer technology and increasing the Company’s efficiency and breadth of capabilities. The plant was expanded several times as new equipment was added to facilitate growth.

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Message from Joe Futcher, CEO


Every day at Rex Forge we strive to meet our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations.


Rex Forge CEO

We fundamentally believe that being a reliable and responsible partner to our customers is what has enabled us to survive for the past 150 years and what will enable us to thrive for the next 150 years. To achieve this goal, we aim to consistently deliver high quality forgings to our customers, on time and at a fair price. We are never satisfied, and are constantly looking for ways to improve and add more value.


Most importantly, we promise to communicate honestly and openly with our customers when something prevents us from being able to achieve these goals. We recognize that nobody is perfect, including us, but that it is our responsibility to work closely with our customers to ensure that their operations are not impacted when something slips through the cracks. It is this philosophy and approach that we hope and believe makes us a trusted supplier and partner, and is the reason why we have customer relationships that have continued uninterrupted for many decades.


To our current customers, we appreciate your faith and trust in us and hope to continue serving you well for many years to come. To prospective customers, I hope that this website helps you learn more about Rex Forge, our capabilities and our values, and I would encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about how we might be able to become your trusted supplier of high quality forgings.