Our Story

In 2014, I had the chance to travel deep inside the mountains of Honduras with a mission group and noticed the quality of water the locals were drinking. The experience challenged me to help develop products that will be able to provide cleaner drinking water to people who do not have access to modern filtration plants. Since then, Vertex Filtration has been working to develop portable water filters that can remove bacteria, viruses, and harmful contaminants in the water without the use of water pressure or electricity.

During my trip to Honduras in 2014, I went to go visit a family in the mountains. As I was walking into the house, an older gentleman with a huge, warm smile greeted me with a plate full of zucchini and a cup of juice made with local fruit (PICS 1). I gratefully accepted and shared what he gave me with my group. This family, 4 kids and the older couple, had a small patch of land that produced corn and other crops. When I walked into the house, I immediately knew that what was in my backpack was worth more than what this family had under their roof. I also learned that the zucchini they served us was all they had for the family. They had served us first and ate what was left over. 

After we finished the visit, as we were going up the hills to head back, the youngest son came running up the hills and handed me an orange for the journey, before running back down. 

I will remember this moment for the rest of my life. That visit was one of the most profound experiences I had during my visit to Honduras. The family had close to nothing, but they eagerly shared the little that they had with visitors. This heart of sharing is what I brought back with me. If an older gentleman from the mountains of Honduras can share so joyfully and gladly, we can too.

About Us

Vertex Filtration LLC manufactures OEM fuel filters and has supplied OEM engine parts to US Auto and Boat companies. John Lee, CEO, founded the company in July 2007 when the company he worked for has shut down due to failed investments overseas.

I have been serving the industry since 1999 and when his company closed he and his co-workers saw the opportunity to continue serving the industry and formed Vertex. Lionel Paz, production manager, has been with the company since 2001, Lionel has extensive knowledge of filter making machinery and filtration knowledge in Pool and spa, fuel filters and water filters. Art Barajas, quality manager, has been with the company since 2002. He is responsible for the quality inspections and certification of all our product to the industry standard. He has extensive knowledge of US automotive quality standards and ISO, International Standard of Operation. We are a second-tier supplier and manufacturer to GM, Chrysler, Mercury Marine, Caterpillar, Nissan, and John Deer. We manufacture OEM fuel filters that separates water from the fuel and supplies Water In Fuel sensors. We also manufacture OEM water filters and aftermarket replaceable R.O unit water filters. We have been ISO9001:2015 certified since 2011.

Ahlstrom Disruptor Technology

Ahlstrom Disruptor® is a commercially available product line of electrradsorptive filter media that improves water quality through a natural positive charge that is effective in both fresh and brackish water at removing submicron contaminants.

AONZ water purifier removes more contaminants than any other filter on the market to ensure clean, safe and great-tasting water. It removes: Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Sediment, Meds, Chlorine and other contaminants effectively.
The Ahlstrom Filter media is NSF approved.
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