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Sixty-five Years in Business ~ 30,000% Increase in Employees FLANDERS Video Tells Story of Local Innovator, Quiet Giant

February 26th, 2013

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Locally-founded FLANDERS, a family-owned business formerly known as Flanders Electric, has launched a company history video telling the story of how this quiet giant grew from a small electric motor shop to an innovator in heavy industrial motors and systems.

The video is posted on YouTube at: FLANDERS Video Channel.

The FLANDERS history features family patriarch Roy Patterson, his son and grandsons telling the story of FLANDERS’ impact on heavy industry – especially mining – through years of motor repair innovations and other engineering breakthroughs that have increased production, lowered operating costs and improved safety in mining, metals milling, utilities, alternative energy and other heavy industries.

Born in 1926, Patterson became a Flanders Electric employee after serving as chief electrician on a US Navy warship during World War II. When he joined the company in 1947, the two-man shop mostly repaired residential furnace motor blowers and 50-horsepower pump motors used in coal mining. Patterson bought the company in 1962, retaining its original name.

Today FLANDERS designs and manufactures motors as large as 7,000 horsepower. The company also sells and services motors, controls, drives, power systems and automation solutions that are known for increasing production, lowering operating costs and improving safety in mining, metals, utilities, alternative energy and other heavy industries.

Roy Patterson’s son, Dave Patterson, now serves as company president while Roy continues to stay involved as chairman and CEO. Dave’s eldest son, Allen, acts as chief operating officer.

“All the research and interviewing that was done to create our company story really put perspective on how far this company has come – and why we have found success,” Dave Patterson notes. “Our approach to doing business really is captured with our tagline, which is ‘Listen. Innovate. Serve.’ Solving customer problems has driven us since the beginning. And our employees are our greatest asset because we’re all of the same mindset – which is to serve and solve problems for customers – whatever it takes. We don’t give up.”

Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, FLANDERS employs more than 850 people in the U.S., Canada, South America, Africa and Australia, maintaining almost one million square feet of shop, office and inventory space.