Our History

Focused on automation from day one

Ed Osterholzer started the business in 1983 after spending the early part of his career as a Controls Engineer in the consumer plastics industry.  In 1984, Flexible Automation became North America’s first integrator for Suwa Seikosha robots – what is now known as Epson Robotics. Our company outgrew several locations until settling at its current location in 1990.

As our customer base grew, so did the facility, resulting in three additions. During the 1990s, FAI became authorized integrators for several more lines of robots and vision systems.

For a list of commonly integrated automation, please visit our Partners Page.

Consistent leadership & ethics supports continued growth

In 2012, Ed’s son Andy purchased Flexible Automation, Inc. Ed continues to play a valuable role at FAI as the CEO, while Andy holds the title of President.   Andy began his career at FAI during high-school, cutting stock, drilling, and tapping. Since then, his career at FAI has spanned Sales Engineering, Finance, Marketing Manager and Vice President.

Andy graduated from Michigan State University, and earned an MBA degree from Indiana University. Intermixed with his career at FAI, Andy has also been employed by several global Tier 1 automotive companies.  This experience has provided valuable insight into the production and financial challenges that large manufacturers face on a daily basis.

Currently, Flexible Automation’s financial position has never been stronger. Our company has enjoyed record metrics each year since 2009.  Investments, such as ERP software, new milling machines, and additional staffing are being made to support future growth.