...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!)
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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