QA1 is excited to celebrate 20 years in business this year, marking two decades of leadership and innovation in the motorsports and industrial markets. “I’m very proud of the accomplishments and progress of the company over the last 20 years,” said founder and CEO Jim Jordan. “I’m excited to see where we can take QA1 in the future.” In 1993, Jordan founded QA1 with more than 25 years of experience in the rod end and spherical bearing industries. His innovation and forward-thinking has led QA1 to be the groundbreaking company in the industrial and motorsports markets it is today.
QA1 was originally located in a rented warehouse in Burnsville, MN and began operations with just three employees. After rapidly becoming the #1 name in the motorsports market in sales of rod ends and spherical bearings, QA1 broke into the shock absorber business with the purchase of Hal Shocks in 1998. Quickly outgrowing the 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse, QA1 moved to its current location in Lakeville, MN. QA1 purchased Carrera Shocks in 2004 and CAP Auto Products and Edelbrock’s suspension line in 2011 further adding to its extensive product offering.
Today, QA1 has sold more than 1,000,000 performance shock absorbers and sells more than 1,000,000 rod ends and spherical bearings each year. QA1’s manufacturing and office space spans 66,000 sq. ft. and will be expanded to approximately 100,000 sq. ft. this spring.
QA1 introduced many new products in 2013 with several new circle track racing shocks, 5th Generation Camaro shocks, struts and related suspension components, and several suspension components for Mopar A, B and E-Bodies. Later this year, QA1 is also very excited to introduce carbon fiber drive shafts, all of which will be made in its Lakeville, MN facility.
QA1 continues to evolve its business in order to better serve the diverse needs of its customers in the motorsports and industrial industries with a wide-ranging product line, the ability to meet custom OEM requirements, excellent customer service and economical prices. With its past levels of success and dedication to providing the highest quality and most advanced suspension components, QA1 is excited for what the future holds.
As part of its anniversary celebration, QA1 will host several events including its 2nd Annual Open House and Cruise in conjunction with the Car Craft Summer Nationals Friday, July 19th.