Evansville’s Flanders Celebrates Major Milestone

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The video above tells the story of Roy Patterson and Flanders, an Evansville motor-maker that is celebrating 65 years in business and a reputation as a major player in the industrial motor industry. The company tells its impressive story:

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 avy warship during World War II. When he joined the company in 1947, the two-man shop mostly epaired 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 ells and services motors, controls, drives, power systems and automation solutions that are known or 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 nvolved 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 – whateverit takes. We don’t give up.”

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