John E. Rode, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Temper
Corporation, was born and raised in New York City. He was
influenced early on in life by an uncle who had invented
button-sorting machines, which created a lasting impression on John.
During his high school years, John attended and graduated from the
prestigious Bronx School of Science.
After graduating from the Bronx School of Science, John was
accepted into Iowa State University, where he developed a strong
interest in engineering. John graduated from Iowa State with an
Engineering Degree and later received his Masters in Engineering from
the University of New Mexico.
After graduation, John's entrepreneurial spirit led him to the
fishing industry, where he decided to sell trout flies. After the
venture did not offer returns he expected, he decided to accept
various job offers, working at United Technologies on aerospace
projects, and later at Westinghouse (on Nautilus class nuclear subs),
then moving on to Kenna Metals in Pennsylvania. Although John was
utilizing his engineering expertise, his entrepreneurial spirit won
out, necessitating that he start something new on his own.
John Rode started Temper Corporation in 1969 in
Pennsylvania, relocating in 1971 to
Fonda, New York.
The business began operations in a red barn with one employee. Today,
Temper Corporation's manufacturing facility has grown to
30,000 square feet, with staffing specialists in engineering, sales,
marketing and manufacturing departments.
Over the past thirty-three years, Temper Corporation has
designed and developed high precision products, including
compressible load rings,
magnet rings and
surgical scissors. Temper's main product,
stainless-steel rings, assists manufacturers in the installation of
ball-bearing assemblies in a wide array of products. Temper
Corporation is the only company in the world that makes
adjustable spacers based on Rode's design.
The Temper philosophy continues today with new staff and
creative ideas being generated. As Rode stated after he received the
New York State Small Business Manufacturer of the Year Award
in 2000, "Temper continues to develop product teams that harness the
best employees in-house that are responsible for tackling design
problems and coming up with effective solutions."
At a time when manufacturers are closing their doors, Temper
Corporation is growing steadily by reengineering its company and
defense industries. Sean Strait, Vice President and Chief Engineer of
Temper Corporation has often stated, "Through his basic
genius, John Rode has been able to build Temper to what it is