Rosco is a leading global manufacturer of automotive vision safety products to the bus and truck marketplace. Founded in New York City in 1907 as a safety product manufacturer for automotive and aeronautical markets, Rosco moved to its current location in Queens, New York in 1974. Today, Rosco is the largest manufacturer of bus mirrors in North America with a staff over 250 employees.
Commercial Vehicle Safety for All Fleets
Founded in 1907, Rosco, based in Jamaica, N.Y., is one of North America’s leading suppliers of backup camera systems, mirrors, visors, video recording, sensor products, collision avoidance systems and other visual safety solutions to the worldwide commercial vehicle market. For over a century, Rosco’s vision has remained exceptionally clear.
We engineer and manufacture visual safety systems for all types of commercial fleet vehicles. The company is the largest supplier of mirror systems to the North American school bus market, selling to all major OEMs and parts distributors including Navistar/IC Corp., Freightliner/Thomas Built, Blue Bird, AM General, and many others.
Our products are designed from real-world knowledge of the challenges that today’s drivers face out on the open road. But that’s not all. Rosco Vision systems are also designed to help fleet managers run a more efficient operation, fully compliant with all safety rules, regulations, and legislation.
The truck and van industry knows Rosco through the many products provided to companies like Paccar, Mack, Morgan Olson, Oshkosh, and Utilimaster, who manufacture vehicles for such notable fleets as UPS, Federal Express, United States Postal Service, the Canada Post, and others.
Rosco is renowned for its strong design engineering focus and custom product development. The mission of Rosco Vision systems is to develop high quality products that function flawlessly for the life of the vehicle and provide a level of service and support that our customers have come to expect. Contact us to let us show you how we can make your vehicle safer.
Rosco celebrated its 100th year in business in 2007. The company, headquartered in Jamaica, NY, was founded in 1907 as A.W. Rosen & Co., to produce parts for the fledgling automotive business. Today, the company continues to serve the same industry, producing mirrors, visors, cameras, and other visual safety systems for the commercial vehicle market.
During the first half of the 20th century, A.W. Rosen & Co., or Rosco, as it became better known, produced a wide range of products for the automotive industry, including mirrors, head and tail lamps, spot and dome lights, switches, and a variety of machined parts. The business grew rapidly in the first few decades and remained steady, despite the desire to stay small enough to handle custom design work and continue the close, friendly relationships established with its industry partners.
In 1961, Sol Englander, a young machinist and designer who worked for Rosco for several years, purchased the company. Over the next two decades, Englander would transform Rosco into a provider to the heavy automotive industry. By 1980, Rosco was a trusted name in the commercial transportation industry, selling to makers of buses, walk-in vans, heavy trucks, and specialized vehicles. The company was known for its ability to develop and manufacture custom products quickly.
In the early 1990s, Rosco’s focus on custom product design and quality control enabled it to become a U.S. military supplier under Military Specification MIL-I-45208. The company still provides mirrors to government and military vehicle makers, including AM General, General Dynamics, BAE, and others.
Also during the 1990s, Rosco strengthened its position in the school bus market where mirror systems are highly scrutinized and safety is tantamount. Today, Rosco’s mirrors are standard on every major school bus manufacturer’s vehicle offerings. These mirrors comply with FMVSS-111, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for mirrors and are also subject to Rosco’s ISO9001:2008 quality program.
After over a century in the automotive industry, Rosco remains focused on the heavy automotive market and on providing excellent quality products that are custom-designed for today’s specialized vehicle needs.
The Rosco Difference
Rosco products are designed by Rosco to exacting specifications to ensure precision performance, long life, and satisfying service. The company was founded by product design engineers whose passion for technical design continues to drive company operations today. Rosco employs the best product development staff in the industry and provides them with the latest software and equipment to ensure product designs perform at the highest level of satisfaction for our customers.
Rosco conducts computer-aided vision studies to ensure camera and mirror assemblies and placement provide optimum coverage for the driver. Rosco is the leading compact recording camera and mirror supplier to the school bus industry, the most safety conscious of all commercial vehicle markets. Our technologies are scrutinized and proven on a theoretical level before the first product is made and tested. Mirror glass and acrylic lens are manufactured to rigorous strength and quality requirements and are available in numerous configurations:
- Multiple convex surface
- Elliptical surface
- Safety glass
- Signal light LED
Most mirror products offer both hand-adjustable and four-way motorized-remote operation.
Rosco’s engineers submit all new mirror assemblies to computer-simulated wind-tunnel testing to ensure vibration and noise are minimized, wind velocity and travel is harnessed to preserve lens clarity, and mirror assemblies will withstand the rigors of use on local, overland, and off-road routes.
Custom Design Services
Rosco offers custom design services to help OEMs bring new vehicles to market with the best in visual safety equipment—even if that equipment is not yet available. Rosco accepts 3-D files with OEM-indicated driver eye points and returns them to OEMs with design and lens renderings incorporated.