Bettcher Industries
Celebrating big growth at the iconic "big red barn"

Louis & Larry Bettcher at the Big Red Barn
In 1944, the late Louis A. Bettcher was running a machine shop on the west side of Cleveland. Neighboring meat plants were struggling to buy equipment during WWII, and Louis' shop was close by and ready to help. This simple idea changed an industry. The Bettcher family grew its products into a global business, Bettcher Industries, and a leading company in the food processing industry today.
The 1st Bettcher Product
Bettcher's first product, the 'Carcass Splitter,' launched in 1947.  This was the beginning of a long line of innovative products.  Next up in 1954, Bettcher's 'Whizard' trimming tool took meat processers by storm.  Its inventors recognized saving even a few ounces of scrap meant hundreds of thousands of added yield and profit for their customers. This concept endures and subsequent versions of Bettcher power trimmers hold 95% of worldwide market share today.
Over the years the company has grown and expanded its Berlin Heights facility to include room for global headquarters, engineering, R&D, manufacturing and warehousing. This space and a dynamic team have also meant more room for product development.  In addition to being a leading developer and manufacturer of precision cutting and trimming tools, the company now also manufactures food preparation equipment for restaurants and commercial kitchens.   The company picture today:
  • Nearly 300 employees worldwide with 210 living in Ohio
  • 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space in Ohio
  • Nearly 100 active patents in several countries
  • Business presence in 70 countries serving 20,000 customers worldwide
  • Is hiring! See details on a Saturday Job Fair below
Pictures of the Bettcher Manufacturing Process
In 2014, after decades of innovation and leadership, Mr. Bettcher generously transitioned Bettcher Industries from a family-owned operation to an employee-owned company that could be managed and grown for future generations. Company leaders reinvested in our community yet again in 2017 with upgrades to their manufacturing facilities through robotics and advanced technologies, renovations of their administrative offices and the opening of the Bettcher Innovation Center.  The Innovation Center is a multi-use facility that includes a test kitchen, demo lab and collaboration area, enabling conceptual testing, demonstrations and strategic collaboration among employees and customers .
Bettcher Innovation Center
2017 investments and success have the company on a path for growth in 2018.  As an employee-owned company with a commitment to its family roots and values, Bettcher knows its team is the key to executing growth and achieving quality objectives.  With this in mind, the company consistently reinvests in employees with relevant training, team building events and celebrations of their hard work.  In 2017, each production employee completed 80 hours of training in shop math, geometric testing and tolerance, blueprint and gage reading.  Bettcher Industries is consistently voted as a top workplace in the region.

Bettcher is a distinguished member of the Northeast Ohio manufacturing community with decades of investment in our local communities, charities, and the lives of thier employee-owners. Congratulations on another good year!

Abbey Bemis, Executive Director
Special Announcement
To support 2018 growth and meet their customers' quality and delivery expectations, Bettcher Industries is hosting a job fair at their location, 6801 State Route 60, Birmingham, OH 44889 this Saturday, December 16th from 9:00am - 1:00pmThey are looking for adaptable, customer focused and results driven team members. Experienced CNC Lathe and Mill operators are encouraged to attend with the potential for on-site job offers.  More info can be found at and their website .
More than 95 percent of the world's population and two-thirds of the global purchasing power lies outside America's borders, yet less than 1 percent of the 30 million businesses in the U.S. export.  Bettcher Industries began export sales in 1959 and its been key to the company's growth.  Their company and others have utilized the Ohio Development Services Agency for help with starting or increasing exports.   Contact if you'd like to explore resources and services. 
Bettcher Facilities in China & Brazil
The 12 Days of Development email series recognizes and celebrates another year of progress in Erie County, Ohio.  Each day this week and next you will receive an email spotlight on a company investing, improving and innovating in our community. We can't capture it all, so let us know a neighbor we missed or what activities you've got planned to make the 2018 list!