The Vacuum Power Equipment Company opened its doors for business in 1934, beginning a long tradition of manufacturing air brake and valve components for heavy trucks. In 1940, the corporate name was changed to “Velvac” in response to the popularity of the company’s Velvet Vacuum Brakes brand. In the mid 1950’s, Velvac began producing a range of “west coast” mirror heads for North American truck manufacturers, becoming an OEM supplier of mirrors to GM in 1956. This started Velvac’s growth and eventual leadership in supplying vision systems to the North American commercial vehicle market. Our product line has expanded over the years and now includes over 4,000 popular vehicle components.
As Velvac has grown over its 80 year history, the company’s primary manufacturing facilities have moved and been expanded five times. Today, the company is headquartered in New Berlin, WI, a western suburb of Milwaukee, and its primary manufacturing facility is located in Reynosa, Mexico, directly across the Mexico/U.S. border from McAllen, TX. Remote warehouse locations in California, Texas and Ontario ensure fast delivery of products anywhere in North America.
Velvac has always had driver safety at its core – the company’s Mission Statement begins: “To improve driver safety and well-being by….” Our commitment to our mission has never been stronger, as evidenced by our ever growing investments in new product development and the application of new technologies in support of driver safety and well-being. At Velvac, we are committed to keeping our customers in the commercial truck, recreational vehicle and specialty vehicle industries at the forefront of safety, aesthetics, and competitiveness. Velvac’s position as a preferred Tier-1 OEM product supplier, combined with our highly efficient manufacturing and supply chain management, allow us to offer our customers both proprietary products and a competitive, broad line of industry standard products, making Velvac our customers’ one-stop shop for vision systems, air and electrical products, fittings, fuel products, and other high volume and hard to find truck and commercial vehicle accessories.
The Velvac brand stands for high quality, innovative products and excellent customer service and support. At Velvac, our mission is to improve customer safety and well-being by offering superior products that keep owners and operators… in the Passing Lane.