Founded in 1996, TLX Technologies' first program was the development of high-speed digital valves that would safely control vehicle airbag inflation. There had been multiple child fatalities due to the excessive forces transmitted to vehicle occupants as a result of airbag inflation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was searching for ways to eliminate these fatalities. TLX's founders believed the solution to this problem was properly controlling the force with which airbags inflated.
During the development of these valves, the NHTSA changed its requirements. As a result, the air bag inflation valves that TLX had been developing never made it to market. However, TLX adapted this technology to many other markets including fire protection, automotive, and industrial along with general consumer, recreational vehicle, and standby power system applications.
TLX Technologies' strength has always been the continued development of unique and progressive technologies that provide exceptional opportunities for growth and expansion within markets utilizing electro-mechanical solenoids, actuators, and valves.
1998—TLX Technologies obtains investment backing to further develop and market our patented technology, incorporates, and moves to our first facility in Waukesha, WI.
1999—TLX Technologies enters the fire protection market. Our first customer in this market remains a customer today.
2000—A proprietary hot and cold melt adhesive dispensing valve program is launched that is currently still in production.
2001—TLX Technologies is awarded three patents for newly developed technology.
2002—TLX Technologies is awarded two additional patents.
2003—Production begins on a residual latching solenoid for use on the GM Sierra Hybrid.
2005—Production begins on battery-operated latching solenoid. New technology allows for 50,000+ actuations on 4 AA batteries and high force up to 4 lbs.
2006—TLX Technologies becomes a Tier 1 supplier to Harley Davidson.
2007—Due to an increased demand for our products, TLX Technologies strategically expands business, doubles floor space and production capabilities, adds to our engineering and sales staff and sees a significant increase in sales.
2009—We are named in Inc. Magazine's issue of the Fastest Growing Private Companies (Ranked No. 31 in Manufacturing).
2010—TLX Technologies begins exploration into global markets including Brazil, Europe, and China.
2011—We are named in Inc. Magazine's issue of the Fastest Growing Private Companies for the second time.
2012—Due to our continued growth, TLX Technologies moves to a larger location to increase production capacity and provide much needed space to expand our engineering, testing, and quality labs.
2013—We open our doors to customers, suppliers, friends, and the community for an open house and Manufacturing Day celebration on October 1, 2013. Visitors tour the facility and learn more about what TLX Technologies engineers and manufactures.
2014—TLX Technologies is nominated for Manufacturer of the Year award in the small business category for the State of Wisconsin. We are also nominated for a similar award locally in the city of Pewaukee. We received the Pewaukee Manufacturer of the Year award for 2013.
2015—TLX Technologies' wholly owned subsidiary opens in Changshu Economic and Technology Zone in Changshu, China. The new facility will manufacture and service automotive and industrial markets in China and the surrounding region.
2016—An automated cell is installed on our production floor and is approved for full scale production of a solenoid valve component for a Tier 1 automotive supplier.
2017—We introduce several new products for the fire suppression market to meet current industry regulations regarding supervision and installation of actuators on fire suppression systems.
2018—Production begins on our customized NSF certified flow control module. The new design achieves zero leak while providing precise linear fluid control.
2019—TLX Technologies develops a new passive data collection solution that can be incorporated into the design of any of our components to provide customers with valuable information about system operation.
2020—Our first actuator for hazardous locations is introduced to the market. This new component was designed for the specific needs of the global fire suppression industry.