After 30 years, we’re celebrating a business that began as a small start-up and has expanded to project a global reach in the sealing industry. We continue to provide the highest quality products and unmatched customer service.
Flex-A-Seal began in my living room in Florida in 1983. I had spent six years working for a large manufacturer, working my way from sales trainee to district sales manager. After a partnership in a new business fell through, I realized it was time to do things right.
I moved Flex-A-Seal to Vermont because it’s a state I love where my family has a history. We quickly outgrew our 900 square foot space and expanded to 3,200 square feet, but managing the rapidly growing business wasn’t without its challenges. We had to figure out how to transfer our product knowledge from having most of our products subcontracted to manufacturing everything ourselves. We had to hire and train the right team—including engineers—then figure out how to manage them. We even had trouble finding a bank that would lend us some start-up money.
We didn’t set out with the idea that Flex-A-Seal would become a large manufacturer. We just wanted to produce the highest quality products and provide the best customer service in the industry. We wanted Flex-A-Seal to become a true contender, to build a reputation that would be respected by our clients and our competitors.
In the beginning, some of the larger companies tried to deter us. 30 years later, Flex-A-Seal has established a global reach in the mechanical sealing industry and continues to expand every year.
- Our Vermont manufacturing facility is 27,000 square feet with plans to expand in the near future.
- Our 12,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brazil has outgrown its space and is looking forward to expansion.
- We have over 90 employees at our Vermont location, including 15 engineers, and over 50 employees at our Brazil location.
- We won a Vermont Business Magazine 5x5x5 Award in 2012 for being one of the fastest-growing manufacturing companies in Vermont.
Flex-A-Seal’s success is directly related to our employees. I’m extremely proud of the people we have and the job we do here. The mutual culture of loyalty in our business enable us to flourish because our employees know that we’re different from our competitors. We provide overall solutions to problems that the bigger manufacturers can’t always meet, form relationships with our customers, get back to people quickly and exceed the expectations of our clients again and again.
Because of the dedication and commitment our employees have to customers, I plan on being involved in Flex-A-Seal for many years to come. As we continue to grow and expand, our responsibility to our clients will grow as well. We’re poised to meet that challenge for the next 30 years and beyond.