Fostoria's roots date back to 1917, when the Fostoria Pressed Steel Corp. was founded in Fostoria, Ohio. The company manufactured replacement fenders and running boards for the automotive aftermarket. With their extensive metalworking capabilities, Fostoria branched into industrial work lights in the early 1930's.
Later in the 1930's, Fostoria branched into the science of electric infrared emitters and infrared oven design, using their experience in lighting and reflector design, along with their experience manufacturing automotive parts. This infrared knowledge was initially applied to the curing of paint coatings on automobiles and aftermarket parts, and eventually flourished with its practical application in a variety of markets.
In the 1970's, Fostoria was acquired by TPI Corporation, a leader in the manufacturing of industrial and commercial heating and ventilating products. Today, Fostoria operates under the name Fostoria Process Equipment, and more recently Fostoria Infrared. The company faithfully continues the strong tradition of building quality process heat oven systems, electric infrared products and finishing equipment.