Howard Feldman co-founded Rockford Metal Polishing in 1977 to provide quality polishing services for Taylor Freezer, a Rockford area business. RMP opened with three polishers processing stainless steel components for Taylor Freezer’s ice cream machines.

In 1986, RMP was offered the opportunity to polish a 3M Littmann Master Cardiology stethoscope chestpiece. This job eventually led to RMP processing 15 different 3M products and became the foundation for a client relationship that continues today.

By 1990, business growth enabled RMP to build and move into its current Loves Park location. The larger facility allowed RMP to expand its services from simply polishing and buffing to mass finishing and O.D. tube polishing. Leadership changed hands in 1997 when Barbara Gagliano, Howard Feldman’s daughter, became owner and general manager after having served as office manager since 1977.

The new century brought continued growth to RMP’s customer base, which now consists of dozens of regional and national companies within a wide range of industries. In 2009, John Gagliano, Howard’s grandson, was named Vice President, making RMP a three-generation family business. In order to increase capacity and capabilities, in 2018 RMP completed a full renovation and addition to their building in Loves Park.