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QA1 Awarded Business of the Year at the SEMA Show

November 8, 2022

HRIA, a SEMA council dedicated to the future prosperity of the hot rod industry, selected QA1 as Business of the Year from  its member companies, representing many industries ranging from retail, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, and more. Presented to QA1 at HRIA’s annual banquet at the SEMA show on November 2nd, this prestigious annual award recognizes a company that has made an exceptional contribution and has had a positive impact in the hot rod industry.

“On behalf of the entire QA1 team, we are truly honored and appreciative to the HRIA for this recognition,” says Melissa Scoles, QA1 President and CEO. “As we enter our 30th year, this award reinforces our guiding principle of developing high quality, affordable products and enhancing customer experiences”.

This award highlights QA1's decades-long commitment to the industry and to its values. Founded in 1993 and now entering its 30th year of business, QA1 has focused on quality and affordability as the number-one priority and a backbone to all its functions: USA-made products, service and support. With an emphasis on innovation and new product development, the QA1 culture continuously evolves the way it solves problems for customers.

QA1 was “nominated because of the impact they made in their Customer Service operations,” says Danny Agosta, HRIA Select Committee Chair. “They work closely with builders, getting things set up, customized applications, etc. and it’s a level of service that is unfortunately rare today”. 

In recent years, QA1’s creation of the #goDRIVEit movement has encouraged hot rodders and street cruisers to go out and have fun with their vehicle. By supporting and facilitating numerous events around the country, the foundation of the #goDRIVEit movement is one of collaboration and enthusiasm – and is just one of the many ways QA1 has contributed a positive impact for the industry.

About QA1

Motivated by the idea that experiences were best made behind the wheel, QA1 manufactures high performance suspension and driveline designed for those who #goDRIVEit.

Founded in 1993, QA1 is an industry leader in performance shocks, suspension components, composite driveshafts, rod ends, spherical bearings and related accessories for the motorsports and industrial markets. QA1 has more than 100,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space in Lakeville, Minnesota. The state-of-the-art facility includes a complete line of CNC machines, hydraulic presses, filament winding and laser cutting equipment that permit all-inclusive shock absorber, suspension component and composite driveshaft manufacturing and assembly operations. QA1’s quality system is certified to the ISO 9001 standard.

For additional information and a free catalog, call 800.721.7761 or visit QA1’s website at

About SEMA’s HRIA Council

HRIA's primary objectives are to ensure the future prosperity of the hot rod industry and to advance and promote awareness of the hobby. Within this context, HRIA focuses on industry-specific issues, developing effective strategies and programs that will assist members in improving their business practices and procedures. HRIA also works with HRIA's legislative staff to address those legislative and/or regulatory matters which may affect the hot rod industry, and provides a forum- through participation in Hot Rod Alley, a special SEMA Show section-through which member companies can take advantage of new business and marketing opportunities.