Who we are

Over 70 Years Of Industry Expertise


Roppel Industries was founded in 1947 by brothers Virgil and John Roppel, both of whom had recently returned from active duty in World War II. The company began as a two man radiator repair facility and through hard work and superior customer service evolved into the multistate company it has become today. By the 1960’s, Roppel had begun both the manufacturing and distribution of radiator cores along with other heat transfer products.

In the late seventies the second generation of the Roppel family entered the industry with Virgil’s son Tom opening the company’s first branch warehouse in Columbus, Ohio in 1977. John’s son, Kevin joined the family business in 1979 when he opened the company’s first branch retail service facility in Middletown, Ky. a suburb of Louisville.

The third generation of Roppel family management is currently in progress with the addition of Ryan and Corey Roppel, both sons of Tom and grandsons of Virgil. After both graduated from the University of Kentucky the young men worked their way up through the company; Ryan by opening and managing the Knoxville, Tn. distribution facility and Corey by managing the retail stores, especially the radiator service center. Both are currently in the corporate office where Ryan is now the vice president of wholesale operations and Corey is vice president of wholesale sales.

Roppel Industries currently consists of three retail service locations, two heat transfer service and repair facilities, a Bosch / Robinair warranty service center and nine warehouse distribution centers. The warehouses are spread across Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. With over one hundred employees and a fleet of over seventy five vehicles along with various contracting delivery services, Roppel’s is well positioned to get the correct product to the right place at the needed time. Roppel Industries offers same or next day service to almost anywhere.

The B to B service offerings of Roppel Industries have also evolved over the years. Roppel’s still offers radiator repair and replacement but now those services have expanded into literally anything that transfers heat! From the smallest heater core or transmission cooler to huge Komatsu and Caterpillar radiators. We service, repair and replace hydraulic, engine and transmission coolers, gensets and condensing units to mention just a few of the myriad of heat transfer products available for service.