Airboss Flexible Products
When Airboss bought mold-bonded rubber parts maker Flexible Products in October 2013, it signaled the next phase for the formerly family -owned company. But although President Douglas Reid has gone from reporting to his dad to reporting to a board, the culture that has been a part of Flexible Products’ success for nearly 40 years remains intact. “I’m running it like I’ve always run it,” Reid says. “We’re not changing the course at all.”
Flexible Products was founded in 1976 but did not become part of the Reid family until Glenn Reid, an employee of the company, purchased it from his bosses in 1980. In 1987, Flexible Products moved from Southfield, Mich., to Auburn Hills, Mich., both suburbs of Detroit, and has since expanded its facility twice.