About & History

Whelen Engineering –a leader in the emergency warning industry –has been trusted to perform since 1952.

ABOUT Whelen Engineering

Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries worldwide.

Founded in 1952 by George W Whelen in his garage in Deep River, Connecticut, Whelen now encompasses two state-of-the-art facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Whelen has the largest design staff in the industry and over 1,500 employees, all dedicated to producing products that people count on when lives are on the line.

Every part of every Whelen product is proudly designed and manufactured in America and is tested on-site to meet the toughest industry certifications. All Whelen products are proven in the harshest environments, to make sure everyone goes home at night.

On the road, in the air, and around the world, Whelen is trusted to be seen, trusted to be heard, trusted to perform.

History of Whelen Engineering

In 1952, George W Whelen invented the first rotating aircraft “anti-collision” beacon in his garage in Deep River, Connecticut. These beacons rapidly earned a remarkable reputation for quality and durability, and he soon created a magnetically mounted beacon for ambulances and police vehicles.

As the company progressed, Whelen’s devoted workforce led the industry in technical and manufacturing innovations. The progressive philosophy that nurtured beacon advancement is also responsible for Whelen’s development of strobe technology in the 1960s, lightbar design in the 1970s, and LED advancement in the 2000s.

Today, Whelen’s advanced LED technology and powerful lights and sirens are trusted to keep people safe all over the world. Whelen is continuously innovating to ensure their products are of the highest quality, with the same passion and pride shown by George W Whelen over sixty-five years ago.


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