Our History



Serving the Automation Industry Since 1986

Flotronics, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Lloyd Schmaltz to better serve the automation industry with top-of-the-line in-class service and high-quality automation equipment.

The Early Years

After serving three years in the U.S. Navy, Lloyd began his career at Ross Valve. He traveled to the many distributors in the U.S. to train their employees and find new and innovative applications.  

Interested in establishing a distributorship in the Detroit area, Lloyd began his search for innovative and quality lines to represent.  He found what he was looking for with German and Japanese companies anxious to get into the U.S. market such as Herion and SMC.  These were the initial lines represented along with several other U.S. device manufacturers.

Lloyd started Flotronics Inc. with his newfound product offerings, and began to provide fluid power components and value-added services in his region.

Expanding to 25+ Manufacturers & Thousands of Customers

After establishing a name for Flotronics, Inc. in the Detroit market, the premier U.S. valve manufacturer NUMATICS (Now Aventics) signed an agreement with Flotronics Inc. to assume the marketing of these valves in the Southeast Michigan area.

From humble beginnings, Lloyd grew Flotronics, Inc. from a few major lines to 25+ manufacturers and thousands of loyal customers, servicing all of Michigan and its surrounding areas.

Bringing Aluminum Profile Solutions to Our Customers

Intrigued by pre-engineered aluminum profiles, Flotronics, Inc. researched the latest and greatest and helped bring aluminum profile technology to the Midwest market. 

Flotronics now features Modular Solutions aluminum profile and custom-engineered solutions.  Modular Solutions is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan with plenty of room to stock and manufacture small to large automated aluminum systems.

New Products, New Name

Shortly after Flotronics Inc. added aluminum profile to its offering, it also continued to expand its product lines adding electric actuators, electric motors, and power transmission products.  With the addition of these products, Flotronics Inc. knew they needed a company name that better described its complete offering.  In 2017, Flotronics Inc. officially changed its name to Flotronics Automation.

Flotronics Automation Today

Quality support and value-added services are still the heart of Flotronic Automation. The company continues to grow with Stephen Schmalz now running operations.  Flotronics’ headquarters moved from its long-time home in Clarkston, MI to a 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Auburn Hills, MI where increased inventory and work area now allow them to offer even better service and solutions to its customers.

From all of us at Flotronics Automation,

Thank you to all of our customers for over 35 years of business!

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    Flotronics Automation – East
    4260 Giddings Rd.
    Auburn Hills, MI 48326

    Tel: (248) 625-8890

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    Tel: (616) 682-7013

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