2018 Letter from the President - 25 Years of Quality and Affordability
Sometimes it's hard to believe we've really come this far. It's fun to walk around our facilities now and think back to when my dad founded QA1 and my contribution was to fold boxes. The office/warehouse was less than 10,000 square feet and held a small team of only a few people. Apple’s Macintosh was a bulky box, but we were just excited to have a computer; the White House officially got online; we still hadn’t heard the soon-to-be-familiar tone of dialing up to the Internet; the fax machine was our best friend and we were printing on green bar.
We believed in the vision my dad set forth and which he incorporated into the name of the company: Quality and Affordability are #1. He wanted to highlight what we stood for, and he made sure everyone on our team stood for these principles as well. He did everything he could, including working in all areas of the company, to ensure fulfillment of these promises, and our success over the years is a reflection of the culture he created. It’s so humbling to look back on those days. I feel grateful for the employees and customers who put their trust in him those first few years, and I’m thankful for those who have contributed to our success since then; your support means a lot.
Those who knew us way back when have seen some unbelievable growth. We've moved, remodeled, purchased companies, added entire buildings and grown into an advanced technology engineering and manufacturing company. We've expanded into an 85,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art equipment and a team of over 80 people working toward the vision my dad created. We are constantly evolving and innovating to be sure we lead the industry in technology and new products.
Our most recent accomplishment has been our award-winning carbon fiber driveshafts, and we know you will be impressed with what we have coming in the near future.
While the scope of our vision has grown, the goal has stayed the same: creating quality and affordable products. It's still that simple. As we look to the next 25 years, we'll continue to be guided by this principle as we lead the way in carbon fiber technology and other new products.
Quality and Affordability are #1 - today and always.