History

Roto Frank AG is based in Leinfelden, Germany, and was established in 1935 as a manufacturer of hardware for Tilt&Turn windows. Click here to view our parent company’s website.

Roto North America is comprised of Roto Frank of America, Inc. and Roto Fasco Canada, Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries of Roto Frank AG. Please view our historic timeline below, and visit our Wikipedia page to learn more about us.

  1. 1935Roto Frank AG was founded in 1935 as The Wilhelm Frank company in Stuttgart, Germany. Company founder Wilhelm Frank developed Roto Tilt&Turn hardware – the first industrially produced hardware which offered turning and tilting capabilities for windows. Equipped with this steel design, windows could not only be turned and opened for the first time, but could also be brought into the tilted position and the room ventilated via the resulting gap.
  2. 1938In 1938, Wilhelm Frank developed the Roto Tilt&Turn hardware technology with 2-hand operation, which is still used today on modern windows.
  3. 1950In 1950, Roto Frank began production in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany and began establishing itself as Europe’s leading hardware manufacturer.
  4. 1979In 1979, Roto Frank of America, Inc. was founded as a sales and distribution subsidiary in Chester, Connecticut. We are a manufacturer of window and door hardware which offers solutions for North American and European applications. Roto Frank of America has an extensive product line, including its renowned X-DRIVE™ casement and awning window systems, sash locks, window-opening-control-devices, sliding patio door systems, and European window and door hardware.
  5. 1985In 1985 production of roof windows and attic ladders began in Chester, Connecticut at Roto Frank of America, Inc.
  6. 2006Production of X-DRIVE casement and awning window products begins at Roto Frank of America, Inc. in Chester, Connecticut.
  7. 2011Roto Frank of America, Inc. receives Turnaround Award.
  8. 2012Roto AG acquires Fasco which became Roto Fasco Canada, Inc. Established in 1956 as Fasco Diecast Metals in Mississauga, Ontario, Roto Fasco Canada, Inc., specializes in the diecast of high-quality sliding patio door and cam lock hardware for residential window and door markets throughout North America. In addition, the company designs and tools custom diecast parts for several non-fenestration applications in various industries.
  9. 2015Roto North America receives Best Performing Region Award.
  10. 2016Roto North America receives DWM Reader’s Choice Award.
  11. 2017Roto North America receives Customer Value Champion Award.
Wilhelm Frank Roto North America Founder

Founder Wilhelm Frank

Tilt & Turn Windows

Roto Tilt&Turn

Roto Frank America Building Front Entrance

Chester, Connecticut, North American Headquarters

Roto North America World Globe

Today, Roto Frank AG is a recognized global leader in window and door hardware, with 17 production plants and more than 40 subsidiaries worldwide. Roto North America is comprised of Roto Frank of America, Inc. and Roto Fasco Canada, Inc., both wholly owned subsidiaries of Roto Frank AG.