James H. Barnes is the founder of our business. After serving in World War II and graduating from Purdue University with a Chemistry Degree, Mr. Barnes went on to work in the wood finishing industry, and then joined Wheelabrator Corporation where he was Regional Sales Manager for a number of years. This led to relocating from Indiana to the Detroit area, where he was responsible for building sales within the automotive industries.
Jim Barnes, Founder
The manufacturing rights were sold to ‘American Industrial Manipulator Co.’, also known as AIMCO in October of 1994. AIMCO is going stronger than ever and is a key player in our ability to bring world class, high quality lift systems to the market.
James Barnes retired shortly after selling out to AIMCO and Texel was discontinued. The Company was reopened as ‘TXL Corporation’ by son, Kevin James Barnes in 1995, and continues to conduct business today as Barnes & Associates (d.b.a.).
Many Barnes Family members have participated in the business since its inception:
Sons Brent and Bryan Barnes worked to build the Company in the early years.
Pamela Barnes continues to provide help as needed in the office and with digital media productions.
Jordan Barnes is currently in charge of this website and other digital expertise, keeping the Barnes Family tradition moving forward.
Honorable mention goes to Lloyd Swan at Ergo-Links for years of hard work and expertise helping to build the business in the automotive industry. As a GM retiree, his knowledge in Ergonomics and Safety Guidelines were of immense contribution to the Company.
We celebrate our 27th year under current management this year and look forward to many years to come! We have continued our solid reputation in this market by bringing many years of experience and expertise to the table, along with the highest quality equipment available. AIMCO has gone on to be a #1 contender in the Lift Assist Industry, and currently operate in a 100,000 sq ft ISO Certified facility in Toledo, OH. Barnes & Associates has worked closely as a Sales Application Specialist and Systems Integrator with AIMCO for more than 2 decades and continues to do so today!