- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) - Got a quarter?

Check your pocket, wallet, coin purse or that jar by the door where you put your loose change.

If you have a state commemorative quarter marked with a “D,” that coin passed through a furnace created in Cambridge City, the Palladium-Item reported (http://pinews.co/1sqme8W).

Rogers Engineering & Manufacturing at 112 S. Center St. builds industrial furnaces for basically any product that requires heating during the manufacturing process - from glassware to auto radiators to garden tools.

And coins.

Coins need to be annealed - heated and cooled to prevent brittleness.

Rogers’ furnaces are annealing coins at the U.S. Mint in Denver, where the quarters are made, and also at the San Francisco mint, which produces clad and silver proof coin sets.

The U.S. Mint just awarded Rogers a contract to design, manufacture and install a second annealing furnace at its San Francisco facility.

“To get this thing designed and built, it takes about 30 weeks,” said Bill Rogers, company founder and president.

The company has four shop buildings one block south of U.S. 40, where it has been housed since 1993. Rogers founded the firm in 1972 after working in the industrial heating department at General Electric.

“I was young enough I could gamble, so I started on my own,” he said.

Now the company has supplied furnaces to customers including Anchor Hocking, Zenith, Caterpillar and GE and has shipped to 15 countries.

“We service a very wide range of industry,” Rogers said. “All of our equipment plays a role in the manufacture of objects that people come into contact with every day and they don’t really think about it.”

The word “furnace” doesn’t say enough to describe the complex systems Rogers and his team create. A system for treating radiators for autos, for example, is 260 feet long. A system for car air conditioner condensers goes through stages of degreasing, coating, drying, preheating, high heating and cooling.

Once the system is built and tested, it is taken apart for shipping. A recent shipment to Turkey filled nine semi loads, Rogers said.

Rogers’ son, Steve, works in sales at the company. He said the convenience of Cambridge City to major north-south and east-west routes is a real advantage.

“Location-wise, you can’t beat where we’re at,” he said.

Rogers’ employees rebuild the furnaces on location and train customers in its use, either on location or in Cambridge City.

“Generally, our customers, it’s not a one-time deal,” Bill Rogers said. “We’ll end up making several things for them over the years.”

Right now, there are three furnaces on the floor in various stages of completion. Each furnace has a different purpose and a different design.

Project engineer Steve Dennis of Connersville likes it that way.

“Every day is new,” the 21-year Rogers employee said. “You’re not sure what’s going to come at you. … If you don’t learn something new every day, you’re not working hard enough.”

Bill Rogers is a modest man, but he obviously is proud of his company.

“It’s sort of a niche business,” he said. “It’s been good for us. It’s been good for the community.”

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com

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