QA1 Celebrates 20 Years in Business

Mar 1, 2013

QA1, a manufacturer of performance shocks, rod ends and suspension components, celebrates 20 years in business in 2013.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishments and progress of the company over the last 20 years,” said Jim Jordan, QA1 founder and CEO, in a press release. “I’m excited to see where we can take QA1 in the future.”

Jordan founded QA1 in 1993 with more than 25 years of experience in the rod end and spherical bearing industries.

Originally located in an 8,000-square-foot rented warehouse in Burnsville, Minn., QA1 began operations with just three employees.

After success with sales of rod ends and spherical bearings, QA1 broke into the shock absorber business with the purchase of Hal Shocks in 1998.

The company quickly outgrew its warehouse and moved to its current location in Lakeville, where it expanded its product offerings with the purchase of Carrera Shocks in 2004 and CAP Auto Products and Edelbrock’s suspension line in 2011.

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.

It’s manufacturing and office space spans 66,000 square feet and will be expanded to 100,000 square feet this spring.

The company said it released several new products in 2013 such as new circle track racing shocks and suspension components for Mopar A, B and E Bodies, and is excited to introduce carbon fiber drive shafts later this year, which will be made at QA1’s Lakeville facility.

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, July 19. To learn more, visit