The time has finally come, as
hard as it really is. FlisKits, Inc. is now closed for
business. You will notice that the links on this page
are no longer active. My personal schedule changes of
late make it impossible for me to continue to process orders
at this time, so I have had to take the long awaited step of
formally shutting down.
I was not prepared for how hard
this was going to be. I am mixed between the
excitement of a new stage in my life and experiences, while
at the same time having to say good bye to something I
created from scratch and has been an instrumental part of my
life for nearly 2 decades.
My original announcement can
still be found below, for those who missed it earlier.
I will still be adding updates to this page for the next few
weeks, and I encourage you to keep watch. What will be
happening next include:
- I still have outstanding
orders back to 19-August. ALL ORDERS WILL BE
SHIPPED! Most (all?) of you have known me
and FlisKits and our reputation. Rest assured that
your order and your money is respected and you will
receive your orders as soon as I can get them out the
door. You will receive an email when they go out
and please feel free to email me at any time you have a
- GOOD NEWS!
During the week of 9/24 (next week, as of this writing),
I will have a limited (about 40) supply of our popular
Saturn 1B kits available as I have a shipment of
parts arriving this weekend. When they are
available I will post a link to the page here.
- More good news! It
looks as though I have a party interested in keeping my
designs going well into the future, so keep watch on
that score as well.
Bottom line is I can NOT
thank all of you enough for the support, faith and good
wishes you have extended to me and my efforts here at
FlisKits. You will not be forgotten. I am truly
humbled by the experience and am finding it hard to put into
words just how I feel. Keep watch as I will continue
to try :)
...It is with great sadness that I must announce that
FlisKits, after 16 wonderful years of exciting operation,
will be closing their doors near the end of this year.
PLEASE NOTE: With
word getting out about our closing, orders have been heavier
than usual and may take up to 3-6 weeks to satisfy (some of
this is due to waiting for materials to come in for kits we
run out of stock on). As a result of this, the OverDue
promotion is now cancelled (sorry folks!)
Our anniversary has come and gone!
FlisKits 16th (and
last) anniversary launch
or follow us on FaceBook to stay up to date!
Pictures to follow!
Partake of a journey of epic
proportions presented to Jim Flis
as a special gift from his son, Joseph.
Flistory in the Making
Part 2: Unforeseen Obstacles.
We will remain open till at
least the end of September (our anniversary month), and expect
to announce our closing date sometime in early September.
There WILL be a 16th anniversary launch, hosted by CMASS.
It will be our last and all of our customers, world wide, are
invited to attend. As the year progresses, you will begin
to see a thinning of our product offering as items become
discontinued throughout the year.
A note from Jim
It has been a
marvelous ride, these past 16 years. I started with a
dream and an idea that began while I was still employed at
Digital Equipment Corp as an engineer. My lay-off from
that company made FlisKits a life-line as high-tech jobs were
few (I, with 5000 other qualified engineers, attended a job
fair, shortly after my lay-off, in which there were 3 job
openings...). It was then that I switched the idea of
FlisKits from a part time hobby operation to something bigger.
We opened with
8 kits (shortly followed by 4 more) and no parts. By the
end, we had had 88 kits in production and over 200 parts and
accessories for our customers world wide. The response to
my designs was overwhelming and I thank each and every one of
you for your support and warm wishes over the years. I can
think of few things that I have felt more proud of than what I
helped bring to the world of model rocketry through this company
and my outreach to our youth around the country.
What has happed
of late, which are the main reasons for closing, is that I find
myself getting deeper and deeper into education. I did
youth education, year round, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of
America offering dozens of programs (of which rocketry was
just one). When they lost their funding, I began
substitute teaching and then went on to become a
Para-Educator, working with kids with handicaps. I am
now looking into becoming a math or science teacher, having
passed the PRAXIS testing and received my letter of
eligibility from the NH DoE. In addition, I find
myself blessed with three of the most WONDERFUL grand children
an aging Gramps could hope to have. I want to spend time
with them. Teach them, play, laugh and learn. You
know them. They are Mira, Tiberius, and Juliet.
Heck, you may have flown their rockets! I am super proud
of our (Kathy and mine) kids and the grand children they have
brought to us. THIS is what is now most important to me
and is leading me down yet another new path of exploring.
learning. Never stop looking for that next new path to
explore, and explore it with gusto!
Read more on
our Face Book page and at The Rocketry Forum and Ye Olde Rocket
Thank you all
again for your wonderful friendship, support and excitement for
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