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www.varflex.com / HQ: Rome, N.Y. / Employees: 120 / Products: Sleevings, twisted and plied yarns, braider packages and uncoated fiberglass braid items Dale Rashford, sales manager: “Quality, design expertise and exceptional customer service have been the primary factors in the success of our business.”
Varflex puts extensive care into the manufacture of its coated and uncoated fiberglass sleevings. Although electrical applications are their most common use, the company says its insulating sleevings are used to protect products from intense heat, radiative environments, ultraviolet light, abrasions, flexing and intermittent exposure to chemicals. The company makes all of its fiberglass braidings for its sleevings. Varflex primarily uses fiberglass yarns, which offer the benefits of high-tensile strength, heat resistance and inflammability. Although fiberglass filaments are the most popular, nylon, polyester, Nomex, Kelvar, polypropylene and other yarns are available. Varflex’s manufacturing and quality inspection procedures ensure product uniformity, dielectric strength and consistent diameters of sleeving with every order.
to meet clients’ needs, varflex takes pride in the design and production of its materials.
varflex works closely with design engineers to ensure customers get exactly what they want. by alan dorich
For nearly nine decades, Varflex Corporation has focused on quality, design expertise and exceptional customer service, Sales Manager Dale Rashford says. “That is what we have been known for throughout the years,” he says. “These three critical factors have been the primary factors in the success of our business.” The Rome, N.Y.-based company specializes in coated and uncoated sleevings, twisted and plied yarns, braider packages and uncoated fiberglass braided products. The company began operations in 1924 and took its names from two words that reflected its business. “The “Var” was to stand 158
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ply sleevings to motor repair shops for aftermarket repairs and motor rewindings,” he says. Varflex’s clients use the sleevings to encapsulate wires, and motor leads to help protect them in the various environments the equipment is subjected to. “Some of the motors that use our sleevings are worth $60,000 to $70,000,” Rashford adds.
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for “varnished,” and the “flex” was going to stand for “flexible,” Rashford says, adding that the company initially manufactured spaghetti tubing that was used for radios that were starting to be manufactured in the United States in the 1930’s. Today, Varflex’s main business is electrical insulating sleevings, which it manufactures and ships internationally from its 144,000-square-foot location in Rome. “We supply our sleeving to both large and small size manufacturing companies that produce primarily electric apparatus equipment, such as motors, transformers, generators, etc. We also supAll of Varflex’s products are made to order. “We roughly have 15 different sleeving products,” Rashford says, but explains that each product can come in approximately 30 different diameter sizes and a variety of colors. “We work with product design engineers all the time to make sure they get what they want,” he says. “We pride ourselves on the design and production of the materials.” The company also takes pride in its ability to do “special products,” Rashford says. For instance, if a customer wants a special coating or double-wall construction to cover their wire lead for additional insulation
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Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
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Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
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Capewell Components Co.
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Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
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