FLASH ARC METAL DESIGNS
Metal Signs and Custom Designs
Flash Arc Metal Designs was established in 2015. Jason, a welder by trade, had wanted to start a business using a plasma cutter for a number of years. Robin finally agreed, with one condition. All money made from the metal art he would sell had to go towards remodeling our home to make it wheelchair accessible for our daughter Jayden. So our business began with great excitement. Unfortunately, a month after we began Flash Arc, Jayden was diagnosed with an incurable brain disease. 7 months later on February 28, 2016, Jayden went home to be with Jesus.
Although our original intention for starting the business has changed, our desire to make a great product remains. Our favorite part of the business is designing the perfect custom piece and seeing the joy it brings to our customers.
Jayden Emilee James is our eight year old daughter. Flash Arc's beginning is due to the love of our daughter. We adopted Jayden in 2011 at the age of 3. She could not walk or talk. However after months of speech, physical and occupational therapies she began to flourish. We had 18 amazing months with her. During those months, we had a glimpse of the true Jayden. She attended preschool, knew her numbers and alphabet and most importantly loved everyone in her class. In 2013 she began kindergarten and we were excited for the new chapter in our life. January 2014 brought the beginning of what would become the final chapter in Jayden's young life. As months went by she was slowly loosing each of her motor skills. By December of 2014 she lost her last skill, the ability to eat. With a feeding tube placed in her abdomen, we were hopeful to find out answers and a diagnosis. Unfortunately, after multiple specialist appointments and difficult testing, July 1, 2015 brought an answer we would not believe. Jayden was diagnosed with leukodystrophy. A genetic brain disease that was not treatable or curable. With broken hearts Jayden was placed on hospice. She fought for 7 months and suffered great pain. On Sunday, February 28, 2016, Jayden went home to be with Jesus.
Our life focus has now become sharing Jayden's story. We were blessed with such an amazing little girl who brought happiness to everyone she met. We love sharing Jayden's story with everyone we meet.
After Jayden's passing, we designed an Amazing Grace cross. We donate 30% of the profits of the sale of each cross to a memorial scholarship established in Jayden's name. We are planning to offer scholarships to those students majoring in social work, nursing or speech, physical or occupational therapies. All fields that have made an important impact on Jayden's life.
We greatly miss the giggles and laughter our little girl brought to the world. We are happy to share her story and share with others the impact she made on so many.
MEET THE MAKERS
We are Jason and Robin James. We live in a small rural community in northeastern Indiana. Jason has been a welder for 25 years. Robin was a department store buyer for 13 years. She also worked in product development. Her favorite job before Flash Arc, was working for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
We are the parents of 2 children, Dylan who is grown and out of the house and our angel, Jayden. One day we look forward to having grandchildren. Who knows, they may be interested in continuing our business!