It all started in a garage in 1952, when George Whelen III invented the first rotating aviation beacon.
A privately owned company, Whelen has experienced positive growth for more than six decades. The pride and commitment of its workforce, whose employment longevity averages over 22 years, is rewarded through a profit-sharing plan established by the Whelen family when the company was founded.
The development of the first aviation light helped launch Whelen into the automotive safety lighting industry as well. Whelen currently provides safety lighting for Police, Fire, EMS and DOT professionals as well as many other industries. The production volumes in the automotive sector have allowed Whelen to invest in the latest automated assembly equipment in order to compete world-wide. Last year, Whelen purchased over 44 million LEDs for use in their extensive family of products.
In the 1970’s, Whelen introduced the Outdoor Warning Siren – totally electronic and capable of not only warning tones but also high-powered voice messages. The Mass Notification Division has saved lives around the world.
Whelen Corporate Capabilities
At Whelen Engineering, our goal is to bring innovative, life-saving products to market more quickly, while maintaining strict quality control throughout the process. We have accomplished this through a vertical manufacturing initiative to eliminate or reduce out-sourcing, the use of robotics and state-of-the art production equipment, and perhaps most importantly, a motivated workforce of over 1,500 employees. This allows us to meet and adapt to our customers’ changing needs in the shortest amount of time.
Our capabilities include:
Since 1968, Pro-gard Products has provided the safest, most durable law enforcement products designed to perform on the open road. We take pride in the craftsmanship and quality that goes into making our products the safest and most reliable in the industry. Pro-gard is proud to offer our products to the entire United States as well as many foreign markets. As a company we can provide everything you will need to protect yourself and your vehicle from the uncertainties that happen each and every day.
Pro-gard continues its tradition of developing problem solving products for the law enforcement market today as we continue to expand our product offerings to accommodate the needs of the agencies and departments we serve. Our most recent product growth has been with the acquisition of two established product families, the AOI Electrical Airbag On/off Switch and the Safestop Vehicle Anti-theft System. These Electronic Vehicle Protection Products have expanded our company into a new direction for providing safety equipment for police fleets.
We value the trust that we have built with agencies, end users, and distributors over nearly a half century and look forward to our continued partnerships within the industry as we continue to grow and develop the products that meet the needs of the law enforcement community.
Havis manufactures mobile office solutions for members of public safety, utility and public works, military and government, transportation industries and other mobile professions.
Havis has a legacy dating back over 80 years as a trusted manufacturer and provider of mission critical equipment with a focus on the customer. Built on a tradition of supporting the public safety sector under the Havis-Shields nameplate, the brand has grown and transformed significantly to a complete line of products that maximize mobile worker productivity with comfortable solutions, built to the highest safety standards, with a focus on quality.