Tortoise Industries Inc. was founded in 1981 by aerospace engineer & program manager Howard Shatkin. In the early years, Tortoise focused primarily on fabrication of tubular steel for the furniture industry. In 1987, Tortoise acquired a small powder coating company and began to offer complete metal fabrication and powder coating services to its customers. As the company grew, so did its need for space and additional personnel. In 1994, Tortoise purchased a state of the art 500 foot automated powder coating system and moved its powder coating and metal fabrication facilities into one 21,000 sq.ft. building in the Los Angeles/Silverlake area. In addition, Steven Shatkin, an R&D chemist joined the growing company and currently serves as President and Creative Director.
Steve Shatkin, President & Creative Director
Howard Shatkin, CEO
Tracie Shatkin, CFO
Claudia Sookame, COO
Jean-Luc Flores, Administrative Assistant