September 2018 Supplier of the Month

Flexaust has been manufacturing durable flexible hose and ducting solutions for industrial and commercial applications for 80 years.


The company dates back to 1938 when Arizona mining engineer Harold Hersey developed a hose constructed of neoprene-coated cotton adhered to the wire, making it possible to vent fumes and bring fresh air to hard-working minors. Heavy construction and a booming industrial sector triggered by World War II saw the company’s transition from mining to industrial applications, and after the war, it continued to expand by supporting the industry with hose and ducting to improve the workplace environment. The hose products are primarily used in applications involving air, dust, fume and lightweight materials; and hose constructions include wire reinforced coated fabric hose, wire reinforced plastic hose, all plastic wet or dry vacuum hose and blow molded corrugated tubing products. It uses an array of materials including thermoplastic rubber, polyurethane, PVC, neoprene, polyester, vinyl fabric and polyethylene to manufacture a broad range of products – anything you can extrude, glue, crimp, or sew.


We asked Susanna Vandenberg, Marketing Manager at Flexaust, a couple of questions:


What do you like best or enjoy most about the industry?

The industry continues to evolve year after year. Finding new markets with different needs pushes Flexaust to come up with new hose solutions. Collaboration between the end user, the distributor, and the engineering team keeps everything moving forward while adding value and solving hose and ducting problems.


What’s your favorite thing about being an IDCO supplier?

  • Instant relationship builder
  • Being an IDCO supplier allows Flexaust to work more closely with the distributors on a regular basis. The partnership encourages mutual growth for manufacturer and distributor and pushes for focus on programs to help with that.
  • Making it easier for the distributor to sell products is a big part of Flexaust’s strategy.
  • The annual IDCO meeting allows distributors sales people to really spend time with the supplier, strategize and participate in product training. Everyone is busy these days, so have a couple days set aside is invaluable for the whole. The easier Flexaust can make it on the distributors who promote and sell our product – it’s a win/win for IDCO as a Team.

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