In 1956, Flex-N-Gate was incorporated to produce stock racks for pick up trucks that featured a flexible roll-up rear gate.





1 9 6 0 ' s

Our product line was expanded to include the production of rear step bumpers for pick up trucks.

We began production of the first single piece, deep draw rear step bumper face bar. At this time, the ends were formed separately and welded to the face bar.

We began supplying bumpers to the Jeep Corporation, making them our first O. E. customer.

1 9 7 0 ' s

Production began on the world’s first complete one-piece rear step bumper using the deep draw process. This refined technology produced a lighter, yet stronger, unit than previously available, while vastly improving quality and reducing labor.

Our second manufacturing facility was established in Danville, Illinois to support production of O. E. rear step bumpers for import customers.

1 9 8 0 ' s

We began production of specialty off-road products for O. E. customers. Flex-N-Gate developed and produced brush guards, grille guards, tube bumpers, light bars, and winch mounts.

We expanded into designing and building integrated running board systems for O. E. applications.

1 9 9 0 ' s

Our third manufacturing facility was established.

Established sequenced parts delivery facility to support just-in-time deliveries of truck components to Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant.

Our fifth manufacturing facility was established.

Our sixth manufacturing facility was established.

Successfully launched a new manufacturing facility.

2 0 0 0 ' s

Acquired several existing facilities.

Construction was completed on our 13th facility.

Purchased Ventra Group.

Purchased facility to combine their spare tire hoisting systems with our jack systems to create a package of full tire changing systems for the auto industry.

Acquired facility to strengthen our body structure and chassis stamping operations.

Expanded our plastics and sequencing capabilities.

Acquired facility to expand our interior plastics assemblies capabilities.