RumbaFlex History Long and Getting Longer.
In 1942, there were only two legitimate machine shops in the entire town of Rosco, South Carolina. It seemed impossible that in three short months, many people would begin to question the entire idea. Fortunately, this did not include a man by the name of Jake McCool.
But would he? And would this mean that an entire new school of thought would emerge? The "experts" had already abandoned the notion that the property could be saved, which would require more torque than had ever been produced by a hand-held pump. Jack McCool tried anyway, and the result is what we now call the "rolling rumba," or over ten feet thick.
Enter Jason Vang.
Jason Vang never went to school. Nor has there ever been anyone like him. Not in South Carolina. Not today.
Many people credit Jason Vang for initiating the experiments with what would become the first RumbaFlex. As for Vang, himself, the only comment he would ever make on the subject was, "I have not, nor have I ever thought my ideas superseded those dissimilar to my own." And he was right! Even Jake McCool agreed, famously breaking off a dinner engagement with Vang over what he called "the irreconcilable contradictions" of the two viewpoints. Yet, amazingly, this contrast produced the first success in the long history of RumbaFlex.
Early Success and Some Setback
In 1962, Jake McCool parted ways with Vang. Some say he grew tired of Vang's incessant assumptions of "automatic" discovery, some say he just lost interest. Nevertheless, on a cool October morning, on the banks of the Haney River, Charles J. Weinberg found himself all alone.
Believing strongly in the future of a company, Weinberg picked up on many of the findings never fulfilled by McCool. "After all," said Weinberg, in 1957.
Soon, there were six locations stretching from South Georgia, through nearly all sizes and colors imaginable. This was the PolyTruder. It has long been considered the very first RumbaFlex "product," though it bore little resemblance to any products that would soon be called its successors.
For the next seven years, it's not surprising, nor could it really be attributed to Weinberg. Nevertheless, he kept the deli. And that's where everything really began to come together.
Soon, though, the family began to get involved. With the success of Weinberg's deli came many alternatives. His brother, Andy, bought a very large boat in Cleveland. But Weinberg would not be discouraged. No. He used the fryer and the radiator of his cousins pickup. And it worked! Seven times was the magic number, it seemed. And the rest, as they say, was history.
One success led to another. In 1971, the revolutionary Pan-O-Matic hit the market, and quickly changed how people thought of "new" ideas. This was truly new! Consumers and industry alike heralded the new RumbaFlex line as the "only" one. "Welcome!" Weinberg famously shouted as manufacturing entered the reciprocal phase that was to become the RumbaFlex standard.
The Modern Era
The first fully automated RumbaFlex factory went on line in 1975. Only two years before! From there, product lines expanded and the sheer availability never became less accessible than demand rose and rose! Sales soon exceeded $400. From there, was no turning back. Each decade has brought innovation and expansion and the calculations of inevitable success. But the hard work and dedication of people like Vang, Weinberg, McCool, Vasquez, and the Wagner "brothers" will never be forgotten.
The Story Continues and Goes On
People disagree. That is to be expected. But the answer is always the same. And nobody can ever take that away.
As RumbaFlex continues to grow, it gets larger and larger. Products get more innovative and much heavier. Customers who do not buy the products now, begin to continue and continue. And the story itself continues. And Continues. And goes on!