Former Rockford Manufacturer Sold To British Company

Aug 16, 2013

A company with a long Rockford history has been sold. The Rockford Register Star reports cabinet hardware manufacturer Amerock was one of the brands recently sold off by Atlanta-based Newell-Rubbermaid to London-based Nova Capital.

The Amerock Building awaits redevelopment in downtown Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Amerock was founded in Rockford in1928 and employed 18-hundred people at its peak. Its name was derived from “America” and “Rockford.” Newell-Rubbermaid, then based in Freeport, bought the company in 1987 and gradually moved most of the jobs out of the region. A distribution center in Freeport that employs 135 people is part of the sale to Nova Capital. 

Amerock’s presence in Rockford these days is its old downtown factory that is still awaiting redevelopment.