Vampco Founder Passes Away
Fred A. Malik Sr., 98, died Feb. 7, 2012, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Miss. In the 1970s, Malik started Vicksburg Aluminum Metal Products Co. Inc. or Vampco, a supplier of window and door screen products that targeted the manufactured housing industry.
A developer of numerous components, as well as time saving processes and fabrication practices, he was also instrumental in the start up of Magnolia Metal & Plastic Products Inc., founded by his son Tony Malik in 1995. Magnolia evolved from a small, regionally-focused company to a national supplier of screen frame components and other products for the fenestration industry, serving numerous other industries as well.
Fred Malik is credited with the designed of many new components, as well as the implementation of many time-saving processes and fabrication best practices that are still used today.
Prior to starting Vampco, he had owned and operated Toccoa Metal Products with his brother, Joe Malik, in Toccoa, Ga., as well as American Portable Appliance in Vicksburg. In addition to being a lifelong entrepreneur, he was an avid fisherman and golfer, having done both in his 90s.