Sadler Machine Company was founded in 1956 by Roy and Myrna Sadler. The company's reputation as a machine shop specializing in repair and small run production machining grew over the years, and today it is one of the largest and most respected of its kind in the upper Midwest. Sadler Machine Company is owned by brothers Tom and John Sadler. Tom Sadler is President of Sadler Machine Company and John Sadler serves as President of Sadler Power Train. Founder Roy Sadler continues to serve on the company's Board of Directors.
In 1974, the Sadler's founded a second company, Sadler Power Train, which services customers in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin as a distributor of light, medium and heavy duty truck parts with stores in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque and Waterloo, Iowa. Starting out providing driveline, differential and transmission parts to its customers; Sadler Power Train has grown to provide parts for suspensions, brakes, power take-offs, hydraulics, clutches, electrical systems and much more
In 1995, both companies underwent an expansion when Sadler Machine Company moved out of the building it shared with Sadler Power Train and into a new 45,000 square foot climate controlled manufacturing facility located on a 6-acre site in southwest Cedar Rapids. This move allowed Sadler Machine Company to more than double its capacity and employment of skilled machinists. With the expansion, the company was now able to better serve its customer base, and the business grew rapidly to the level it is at today. In the summer of 2005 Sadler Machine Co. expanded with a 15,000 square foot addition to the machining facility.
In 2008, Sadler Power Train was forced to move out of their downtown facility by the flooding of the Cedar River that summer. With the help of many employees and volunteers cleaning out the old building and salvaging what was left to move, Sadler Power Train is now in a 46,000 square foot facility on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids. This new facility gives Sadler Power Train the opportunity the keep pace with its current and future growth.
Sadler Power Train has been family owned and operated since 1956 and continues to be with Tom and John continuing to oversee their respective parts of the business. Tom has been joined in the business by his two sons, Tommy and Chris. John is also joined by his two sons, Nate and Adam. The future continues to be bright for Sadler Companies by sticking to the principles of what the business was built on, quality products and great customer service.