Whelen. Trusted to Perform
for over 65 Years

About us

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

Whelen designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation (Whelen Aerospace Technologies – WAT), 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 1,200 employees, all dedicated to producing products that people count on when lives are on the line.

Whelen products are proudly designed and manufactured in America and are 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.

Design & Engineering

The largest staff of design engineers in the industry. Many of our engineers are fire volunteers and EMTs. They know first-hand the critical need for innovative, life-saving products.

Injection & Vacuum Molding

1,600 molds, 38 molding machines – from 30- to 2,000-ton capacity, 20 million parts produced yearly. Vacuum machines produce irregularly shaped components not suitable for injection molding.

Electronics Manufacturing

Surface mount and through-hole circuit boards are manufactured, assembled, and tested in-circuit.


Our in-house sheet metal fabrication process uses all the latest technology, including robotic laser cutting, bending and drilling. From hard-coating, metalizing, and in-house plastics, all of our production processes combine hand craftsmanship with the most advanced technology for the highest quality products.

Finished Processes

The hard-coating of lenses and powder coating of housings makes them resistant to weather and abrasion. Metalizing reflectors add reflectivity and help prevent corrosion and oxidation.

Production Machine Shop

State-of-the-art milling machines, CNC lathes, and screw machines make the precision parts required for our products.

Quality Control & Testing

Strict quality control is maintained throughout the manufacturing process. Certified on-site test labs facilitate product development and shorten lead times.

Repair, Service & Training

Whelen’s goal is to get a product repaired and back to the customer within 24 hours. Authorized service facilities are located around the globe. Training is available not only at the Chester, CT, training facility, but also at sites around the country.

Manufacturing Facilities

Chester, CT

Charlestown, NH