by Bill Esler
firstname.lastname@example.org COMMERCIAL CABINETRY
The George J. Rothan Millwork Company in Peoria, Illinois, is among those lucky few wood- working firms that have both built architectural interior jewels, and then been contracted to restore them after a hundred years. This 143-year-old fine architectural woodwork- ing business is known for projects built to last, and worthy, decades later, of the investment to restore them. Take the case of Peoria City Hall. Rothan
did interior millwork in the 1890s, then restored
the same project in late 2014.
Founded in 1873 by George J. Rothan, the son
of German immigrants, the company has per-
formed jobs in and around Peoria, all over the
Midwest, as far east as Boston, as far west as Cali-
fornia, and has shipped its products to Hawaii.
“There’s a great sense of pride in working
around the region and seeing some of the things
we’ve done,” says Vice President Chris Rothan,
part of the family’s fifth generation in business.
Rothan has served as the company’s vice presi-
dent for 12 years and works alongside his brother,
J.J. Rothan, president. Together, the brothers man-
age a workload roughly 90 percent commercial
and 10 percent residential.
“We attract a lot of business from word-of-
CAD-CAM software pairs with CNC and handwork at Rothan Millwork,
a 143-year-old commercial cabinetry and millwork firm.
Family legacy of craftsmanship
Chris Rothan says using Cabinet Vision software simplifies the process for completing complex commercial cabinet and
millwork projects like this.