Video: QA1 Shop Tour Gives Behind the Scenes Look at Manufacturing


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When you hear the words, “multi-axis turning centers, mills, lathes, turning machines, and hydraluic presses,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? A high-end engine builder’s shop? A custom fabrication shop? Maybe a manufacturing and engineering department?

If you guessed that last one, then you’re already on-par with what the folks at QA1 do at their headquarters in Lakeville, Minnesota. In the video attached, Melissa Scoles, president of QA1, gives us an inside look through a virtual tour of their facility – and shows us how true, precision-made suspension parts are crafted.

As the video details, what started in 1993 by her father, Jim Jordan, as a company known for manufacturing high-quality rod-ends and spherical bearings, has blossomed into a reputable source for nearly everything suspension and chassis related. The best part, you may ask? Everything from QA1 is designed and engineered right here in the U.S.A. – all while running a nearly 24/7 operation. We think it’s safe to say, not every supplier can say they hand-assemble thousands of their own shock assemblies in-house for your specific application.

But if you were to ask us, our favorite part of the tour is the research and development section of the facility. As you know, R&D is expensive and time consuming, and the resources needed to ensure there’s a final component for a specific application is difficult. But alas, it’s enthusiasts like ourselves that drive QA1 to strive for the highest quality and performing end result.

With more than 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space and a keen eye for insuring quality components always leaves its facility, it’s easy to see why QA1 is the quintessential suspension supplier for everything classic and late model. With an abundance of engineering and resources, how does QA1 stack-up to your Mopar?

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan is known by his parole officer as an insufferably irritable jerk who often finds himself sleeping in other people's cars when he's not masquerading as an inner-city mall Santa 9 months out of the year. When not writing for Mopar Connection, Ryan can be found outside of the Circle K in San Dimas, CA.

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