|Location - Overview of Padova
Lindhaus is located in Padova, Italy. It is about 30 miles west of Venice, along a technology corridor that stretches between Milan and Venice. This area has been called "little Japan" by business writers for its world class quality, progressive manufacturing and superb engineering.
Rotafil is the parent company to Lindhaus. Rotafil manufactures about 800,000 commercial duty universal frame motors per year. 200,000 of these motors are manufactured for European OEMs that send their product to the North American market.
Rotafil started in 1960 as a precision machine shop. Within a short time after starting the business, the shop began to specialize in making parts for electric motor winding machines. This specialization led to full time motor manufacturing.
Even today, Rotafil manufactures its own winding machines and automated equipment. As a leader in modern methods of manufacturing motors, Rotafil has pioneered the use of computer integrated winding and testing equipment.
The founder and family patriarch, Vincenzo Massaro is dedicated to continually improving the manufacturing capabilities, product performance and product quality by ongoing research and development of new generations of motor manufacturing equipment. It is his vocation, hobby and perhaps obsession to build the best universal frame motors in the world.
By far, the vast majority of Rotafil sales come from non vacuum cleaner business. The motors are built for high end dish washing machines, electric chain saws and commercial equipment such as bread mixers and door openers. No motors are sold to American manufacturers of vacuum cleaners as the service factors and cost of our motors is beyond their requirements.
All R and D test equipment and production testing is done by state of the art computer operated equipment. While assembling motors does take experienced and caring hands, computers track all performance and quality parameters.
Lindhaus vacuum manufacturing is also located in Padova, Italy adjacent to Rotafil. This new building has increased our capacity four fold. All employees are uniformed and many have customized their workstations in order to work more efficiently. There are many employees with 20 to 30 years of service and some second generation employees. Wages are on par with union workers in the United States. Benefits and vacation time surpass their American counterparts.
The Lindhaus vacuum cleaner division was started in the mid-80's with one goal: engineer and build the best domestic and commercial vacuum cleaners in the world. This was a logical new division for Rotafil as they had saturated the market for high-end vacuum motors and brush nozzle motors. Also, many of the partnerships that they had forged with their motor customers involved application of motors to all plastic appliances and vacuum cleaners.
The oldest son Michele Massaro (the chief motor engineer) was sent back to school to learn plastics and electronics engineering. Vacuum cleaners were brought in from all over the world to decipher what were usable ideas and what should be avoided on this new generation of machines.
As with their motor manufacturing philosophy, the latest in manufacturing equipment and tooling was purchased to support the new designs. The actual plastics tooling was purchased from the same firms that tool for Mercedes and Ferrari.
Manufacturing started slowly with the demanding European domestic market as the first target. Shortly after entering this market, major worldwide commercial manufacturers took notice and contracted with Lindhaus for variants of the domestic machines for private branding.
Today, Lindhaus is still dealing with these same worldwide commercial manufacturers and others, but we have now designed new commercial specific machines for their applications. The client list reads like the "Who's Who" of world commercial cleaning manufacturers.
While Lindhaus is a powerhouse in the commercial arena, they have continued to design and pursue the household vacuum cleaner market in the United States and Europe with the same commercial technology learned in the preceding years. This program has been very successful.
In 1992, Lindhaus opened a warehouse/office facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota to distribute domestic, commercial and health care vacuum cleaners to the North American market.
Due to the rapid growth of the company, it became necessary for Lindhaus USA to obtain a larger facility. In 1997, Lindhaus more than quadrupled the size of its warehouse and office space and in 2000 expanded once again.
The goals of Lindhaus USA are simple:
Bring to the North American public, vacuum cleaners that are technologically years ahead of the current machines being sold in this market.
Establish the Lindhaus name as the high quality trademark in the home and healthcare industry.
Develop a strong, solid base of quality-minded independent dealers that will raise the expectations of their customers.