|June 2004||Volume 29 - Number 11|
RV News Feature Page 2
The company started in a small shop in Danvers, MA in 1938 and was named for the two founders of the company, T. L. Fenn and Dr. Carl Walter.
Together they established a new manufacturing company and named it FENWAL by combining the first three letters of both of their last names. Fenwal pioneered automatic (pilotless) gas ignition in the early 1960’s with spark ignition controls and direct flame sense. The company was acquired by Walter Kidde & Co. Inc. in 1966 and later was consolidated with several other subsidiaries to become Kidde-Fenwal, Inc. in 1991.
Harting said, “We have to be
perfect in an imperfect world.
Our OEM customers expect perfection,
and we deliver consistent
products that meet their
varied requirements. It’s really
something when you consider
how many points of failure
there are on a PC board. It
could be 80 or 90 possible
points of failure when you count
all the components and joints.
Our products are also highly
effective for the tasks they are
asked to perform. We constantly strive to offer the best value
package to our OEMs of price,
engineering, responsive technical
improvement and flexible manufacturing.
This combination has
proven to deliver high reliability,
safety and low warranty claims
and returns. In a competitive
world, we continue to reduce
our costs through quality engineering
while driving defects to
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