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Humble Beginnings That Still Shape Our Company

2009 December 24
by admin

Eddy and Margaret Davis

My grandfather, Eddy Davis, was born on a farm in Illinois that the family lost during the great depression. In World War II, he served in the Army Air Core and flew troops onto the beach of Normandy. After the war, he settled in Washington state.

In 1962 he founded our company, Flex-a-lite®, with the original “flex fan” concept. He 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 would reduce the drag or load on the engine, increasing horsepower to the wheels. The heat deflection tests were conducted in his wife’s oven. The very first sales presentation consisted of one man with a fan in his wife’s suitcase. Flex-a-lite fans are now used all over the world.

Original Flex Fan Design

Original Flex Fan Design

Eddy believed in getting the job done and committed himself to serving God, his country and his family.

I dedicate this all-new Flex-a-lite blog in the memory of Eddy Davis. I lead Flex-a-lite with the same determination and perseverance that started on the Davis family farm. You’ll find our family values reflected in every aspect of the company, and you’ll find it in this blog. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll post stories from our company, family of employees and customers. Some will be entertaining, others informative. We hope you enjoy all of them.

We also invite you to join the conversation. Every company says that they value their customers, but we really want to hear from you. Comment on stories. Give us your input. Tell us how you use our fans, radiators, Mojave heaters and other products. Welcome to the Flex-a-lite blog. We hope it’s a cool experience for you and for us!

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