SLAMSTOP, the global manufacturer of a sophisticated soft-close vehicle door device, is expanding to the U.S. with a new headquarters location, distribution center and certified installer network to position the product for businesses and consumers.
The vehicle door system appeals to a wide range of potential customer niches including street rods, classic cars, fleet vehicles, limos, exotics, luxury cars, performance cars, trucks and SUVs and even a company that builds fire engines, according to a press release.
Michael Oakes, vice president of business development and sales, said SLAMSTOP USA LLC is entering the market with a Southern California-based distribution and customer service center as well as an installation facility.
Once completed, Oakes, will be joined at the facility by Dmitry Iurgens, chief financial officer, and Anton Dyshkant, director of marketing, according to a press release.
“When I first learned of SLAMSTOP, I was excited that there was a product that I could sell through multiple automotive channels,” said Oakes. “Once our U.S. warehouse and offices are established, we’ll be searching for the best installers from the East Coast to West Coast to build a strong, nationwide installer network.”
Oakes comes to SLAMSTOP with more than 27 years in the automotive aftermarket industry, according to the company. He will focus on management of the distribution network to expand the product and create awareness about its exclusive features.
The SLAMSTOP system works with all standard driver and passenger doors, as well as sliding doors, using a sensor that automatically monitors when a vehicle’s door reaches a specific distance from the door frame. As soon as the space is detected, a sensor is triggered and transfers the information to the SLAMSTOP operating system to secure the door shut with a soft close.