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Meet Whelen Engineering Company


Whelen Engineering has a long history of supporting motorsports as a sponsor and as a provider of safety lighting for the track. Supporting first responders and their causes is an important part of Whelen’s company culture, and many employees are first responders. “Supporting first responders is central to everything we do and an important part of our company culture,” said Peter Tiezzi, General Manager of Motorsports at Whelen, and retired 35-year veteran of the Chester Hose Company in Chester, Connecticut.

Whelen is proud to provide the Official Warning Lights of NASCAR® and is a steadfast supporter of motorsports at many different levels including title sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, the Whelen Mazda MX-5 Cup, and sponsorship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Whelen’s mission is to protect those who protect and serve others by making reliable products people can depend on when lives are on the line. Whelen Engineering revolutionized emergency warning technology with the invention of the first rotating “anti-collision” beacon in 1952. Today, Whelen continues to push the boundaries of innovation with reliable and powerful warning lights, sirens, control systems, and software – all manufactured in America. Whelen encompasses two state-of-the-art facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, with one million square feet of engineering and manufacturing space, and over 1,500 employees.

How Whelen became interested in supporting the NFFF

Whelen was looking for ways to make market-specific connections through its NASCAR sponsorship. We felt it was essential to bring awareness to our strong connection to first responders. With the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation working similar tradeshows, we made a connection, and we quickly realized how important this organization was because they recognize fallen firefighters and support their families, and further work to reduce preventable firefighter death and injury. And so, for the past three years, in conjunction with Richard Childress Racing, we’ve created special paint schemes for the No. 2 Whelen Camaro to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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