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History

Freelin-Wade was started in 1980 behind the vision of our founder Fred Plews to, "Find a need and fill it." Fred's long career building dental equipment led him to design a special polyurethane tube for that industry. His high-performance tubing became the foundation for Freelin-Wade.

We quickly learned that polyurethane not only works great in dental equipment but has applications across virtually all industries. In the decades that have followed, we've been expanding our product line to include more than 4,000 stock items. In addition, we have increased our custom capabilities so we can do an infinite range of variations.

The company that started in Fred's garage now employs more than 100 people in a large manufacturing center in McMinnville, Oregon. We are located among the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley in the middle of the region's famous pinot noir vineyards. We continue to hold to Fred's vision, filling our customer's needs with our large inventory of plastic tubing, flexible hoses and rapid turn around of variations.

Freelin-Wade was acquired in 1990 by Coilhose Pneumatics, of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Many of our more popular items can also be found in their catalog.

Management Team

Sherl Hill, VP & General Manager: Freelin-Wade
Hired as a receptionist in 1987, Sherl Hill is now the VP & General Manager of Freelin-Wade Company. Under her leadership, Freelin-Wade has grown to become North America's largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing. Sherl is a director and past chair of the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a founding steering committee member of the Mid-Willamette High Performance Consortium. She was the recipient of the 2008 Mary Pearmine Workforce Leadership Award, presented by the Enterprise for Employment and Education. What's most special about Freelin-Wade is the way the employees tackle challenges like reducing waste, innovating new uses for scrap and even taking on poverty in their own community.

Calvin Hansen, IT Manager
Michele Howard, Inventory Control Manager
Scott Schwarm, Sales Manager
Deanna Benson, Training / HR Manager 
 

McMinnville Community Guide


The following links provide a snapshot guide to our home, McMinnville, Oregon, Yamhill County and the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

http://www.mcminnville.org/
http://www.ci.mcminnville.or.us/
http://www.newsregister.com/
http://www.oregon.com/towns/mcminnville/mcminnville.cfm
http://www.willamettewines.com/

Freelin-Wade in the Community


As much a part of us as the tubing we make are the activities that we support in the community.

McMinnville Chamber of Commerce:
Freelin-Wade is an active member of the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce is an organization of volunteer business people who invest time and money in a community development program - working together to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of the area. The Chamber is composed of volunteers serving as committee workers and board officers. The staff devotes efforts to build strong organizations and carry out the action plan developed by the Board of Directors to best represent the interests of the membership.

FIRST Robotics Competition:
Freelin-Wade is a proud sponsor of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  FIRST is a multi-national non-profit organization that aspires to transform culture, making Science and Technology as cool for kids as sports are today. 

FIRST developed and manages a well-known program for high school seniors called the FIRST Robotics Competition. This competition offers a fascinating, real-world, professional experience that helps students see the value of education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Teams of students design and build robots while learning and working along side volunteer Engineers. They also have the opportunity to earn a spot at the FIRST Championship, and qualify for $8 million in scholarship funds.

Freelin-Wade donated 1,775 tubing kits to the FIRST Competition this past year. The teams utilize a variety of components in building their robotic projects. FIRST participants say, “It’s the hardest fun ever!”

Give A Little Foundation:
The employees at Freelin-Wade have named the Give A Little Foundation as their fund raising partner for 2010. Give A Little is a local organization which provides timely financial help to families and individuals who need just a little help to get them over the hump. Sometimes this can mean something as simple as bus passes so that they can get to their job. Sometimes this means help with a doctor's office co-payment. Whatever it is, Give A Little is there to help out in Yamhill County Oregon. We are pleased to support this outstanding effort to make a difference in our community. To learn more about Give A Little Foundation, visit their website at:
www.givealittlefoundation.org.

 

Environmental Statement

Freelin-Wade, reducing, recycling and reusing are ingrained into our culture.

In our offices, employees recycle virtually all paper and other office waste. In addition, we continue to make strides towards going “paperless” in this decade.

Manufacturing:
We recycle our scrap throughout our operation. This dramatically cuts our waste and reduces our footprint on the environment.

Freelin-Wade utilizes mechanical and electronic filtering systems to remove oil particulates from smoke generated during production operations before exhausting to the atmosphere.

Water Usage:
Freelin-Wade uses chilled filtered water to cool its extruded products. This water is recycled during the production process and is only drained at the end of each day. No contaminants are passed to the water in the production process

Chemicals:
Freelin-Wade recycles/destroys its machine oils & hazardous waste chemicals through licensed companies in accordance with EPA Guidelines.

Die Cleaning:
Freelin-Wade utilizes a high-temperature die cleaning oven to reduce plastic film left on tooling to a fine dust. The high operating temperature of this oven reduces the amount of exhausted particulates with virtually zero emissions.

Contaminated Plastic Materials:
Freelin-Wade recycles waste plastic with licensed plastic recycling companies. Small amounts of contaminated materials are land filled under EPA Guidelines.


Our Warranty

Freelin-Wade warrants its products against defects of workmanship and/or material for 30 days from the date of sale. Freelin-Wade Company is not liable for consequential or other damages including, but not limited to personal injury, damage, loss, or any other expense directly or indirectly arising from the use of, or inability to use, its products either separately or in combination with other products. All other warranties expressed or implied, whether oral or written, including but not limited to warranties for fitness or merchantability for a particular purpose are expressly excluded.

Though many of the base resins that Freelin-Wade uses comply with various FDA, NSF and other regulations, Freelin-Wade encourages user testing, especially for manufacturers of products and/or devices used in food, drug and biological applications as regulations and criteria for certification of these products and/or devices vary widely. The responsibility for determining the validity and suitability of use of a Freelin-Wade product in any product or device application is that of the user. We will gladly provide samples for user testing.

This warranty is limited to replacement of the product or an account credit in the amount of the original selling price, at the option of Freelin-Wade Company. All product presumed to be defective must be returned by prepaid transportation to Freelin-Wade Company, together with information describing the product’s performance. All returns require prior authorization by Freelin-Wade Company. All specifications are subject to change without notice. While accuracy is thought reliable, no guarantee is expressed or implied. Responsibility for validity in final applications remains that of the user. Freelin-Wade encourages user testing. We will gladly provide samples from our standard line for testing purposes.