Fel-Pro Gaskets Brand Turns 100

March 20, 2018

Federal-Mogul Motorparts is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fel-Pro Gaskets brand in 2018, and will commemorate the brand with an extensive schedule of customer-focused activities during the year.

The celebration will culminate with an industry and community open house on July 21, 2018, at the Fel-Pro engineering, manufacturing and distribution complex in Skokie, Ill.

“Fel-Pro is an amazing brand by any measure – product innovation, quality and, above all, customer loyalty,” says Mike Proud, vice president of marketing in the Americas for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “This anniversary is a celebration of the multiple generations of talented technicians, engine builders, racing teams, consumers and Fel-Pro employees who together have built a truly elite brand by demanding and delivering the very best for every sealing repair.”

Fel-Pro was founded July 5, 1918, in Chicago. The company became an innovator in the sealing category beginning with felt-based seals for the Ford Model T. By the early 1920s it had established one of the pivotal characteristics that continues to drive the brand’s success today — a commitment to providing products that address the demands of the sealing repair environment.

During the 1970s, Fel-Pro introduced its now-iconic blue gasket materials and Blue Stripe design to visually differentiate its products.

Fel-Pro was acquired by Federal-Mogul in 1998, and since then the company has invested in new research and development and manufacturing resources in an era of lighter-weight, higher-output, harder-to-seal engines. Federal-Mogul also invested millions of dollars in the equipment necessary to develop and manufacture modern multi-layered-steel (MLS) head gaskets, which have become the preferred technology in the industry.

The more than 1,300 employees at the 1 million-plus-square-foot Fel-Pro complex in Skokie each day produce more than 325,000 gaskets, seals and other products and ship more than 120,000 complete, vehicle- and/or engine-specific sealing repair sets.

To learn more about Fel-Pro Gaskets, please visit www.felpro.com or contact any Fel-Pro supplier.