The History of Flex-a-Lite
Flex-a-lite Performance cooling is the foundation of the Flex-a-lite corporation. Founded in 1962 by Eddy Davis with the original “flex fan” concept. Flex-A-Lite developed the first flexible fan out of hand-cut fiberglass roofing material. The concept was to create a lightweight fan that would flatten out at high engine rpm. This fan would reduce the drag or load on the engine, increasing horsepower to the wheels. Fifty years later, his Granddaughter, Lisa Chissus leads the company with the same innovative spirit that continuously looks for new ways to provide performance cooling solutions. That’s three generations of innovation at the helm of Flex-a-lite. Eddy patented his flex fan design, establishing and building the company. His son-in-law, Rainer Willingham invented and patented the first electric fan for Flex-a-lite in 1978 and led the company from 1976 through 2003. His daughter, Lisa, invented the now patented Flex-a-fit radiator side tank design and has led the company since 2003. Today, Flex-a-lite manufacturers a full line of belt-driven fans, electric fans, transmission and oil coolers, Flex-a-fit aluminum radiator and related components. Flex-a-Lite trades pride in the high quality American Made parts they produce in Fife, Washington. Flex-A-Lite operates from a 75,000 square foot facility that includes manufacturing, engineering, and product testing labs. But Flex-a-lite is more than a building and a line of goods. It’s a team of people committed to innovation and quality.
Why Flex-a-Lite manufactures the best cooling components available:
The Flex-a-lite team designs and engineers products using injection molding and vacuum forming of its products, stamps and forms metal for shrouds, brackets, and radiators and does all of the final assemblies. There’s a lot of pride and care that goes into every Flex-a-lite product. The original “flex fan” has grown into a family that includes 7-blade fans, low-profile race versions and a nylon model for lightweight, as well as a host of other belt-driven fans. We introduced our first electric fan 34 years ago. The electric fan removes the load from the engine altogether, providing, even more, power and fuel economy. Now we offer more than 80 electric fans, including nearly 30 direct-fit applications to make swapping to a performance electric fan an easy endeavor. In 2006, we introduced a whole new idea in aluminum radiators. So innovative, in fact, that we hold a patent on the side tank technology that delivers 135 percent better heat transfer. Now that’s performance cooling! Our latest product, Flex-a-Chill, is a natural extension of the product. We developed it to protect aluminum radiators and other cooling components from corrosion while providing up to a 20-degree drop in engine-coolant temperature. Flex-a-lite continues working hard to building great products for the performance automotive aftermarket as a leading modern, world-class manufacturing business. Flex-A-Lite We've has been honored with awards ranging from management to manufacturing processes.
The Flex-a-Lite brand designs and manufactures premium quality American-Made products for your passenger car, truck, and the jeep with belt-driven engine cooling fans, electric fans, transmission, and engine oil coolers. If you need more information on a Flex-a-Lite product please feel free to call us at 203-210-7200 or contact us by email.