Bothe Company History

1950

Bothe Associates Inc. was started in the basement of the founders of the company, Werner and Hazel Bothe.

1952

Bothe Associates takes an order to tap 465,000 stamped wing nuts in a manual mill. Werner, Hazel, and Kent all took turns machining. The neighbors didn’t like semi trucks on their dead end road and the company was forced out of the home.

1952-1957

This order increased the need for space and the Company moved into 600 square feet of rented space in the Burton Klemp building in 1952 and stayed until 1957.

1957-1973

The business outgrew this tiny space too and moved to a small building at 6618 37th Avenue. Fun fact: This 2,800 square foot building was the same size as our current quality room.

1960s

During this time Kent Bothe and Erik Bothe, sons of Hazel and Werner, joined the business full time, Kent in 1961 and Erik in 1965.

1972-1974

It was during this period that Bothe Associates purchased the first CNC machine in a job shop in Kenosha County. This Warner and Swasey 1SC was purchased at the 1972 IMTS show in Chicago and didn’t arrive until 1974. There was not enough space in the current building to house this lathe.

1973

After the 1SC was purchased, Bothe bought 5 acres on Sheridan Road that would fit the current equipment plus the new machine that was coming.

1992

Cathryn Bothe joined the company.

1993

The year 1993 was a turbulent one for the company: Erik Bothe suffered a debilitating stroke during the period in which the decision was made to build a new, larger and state-of-the-art building in the Kenosha Industrial Park.

1993

After having been involved in the company since a young age, Laura Bothe and Paul Bothe joined Bothe Associates in 1993 and 2003 – the third generation of Bothe family members in the company.

1994

Bothe moved into our current facility in June of 1994. The move into the current building has allowed us to grow and provide a wonderful working environment for all the employees.

1996

Erik Bothe retired permanently.

1999

First live tool lathe added.

2003

First Y axis live tool lathe added.

2003

Cathryn Bothe became president of the company.

2004

First horizontal machining center added.

2006

Added Swiss lathe technology with live tooling.

2008

Added robotic lathe technology.

2011

Laser marking capabilities added.

2015

Added first full 5 axis milling.