It’s always a honor when we get a special visitor to our home base here in Coldwater, MI, but this past Friday the excitement radiated throughout the town when a Michigan State Congressman, Tim Walberg, came to visit our facilities.
Tim Walberg is the State Congressman Representative for the 7th District of Michigan. When he heard of how fast Sport Truck USA and its brands -BDS Suspension, JKS Manufacturing, RT Pro UTV, Zone Offroad, and Posi-Lok 4×4, has grown and is projecting to grow he wanted to know more about what we were doing and how he can help to represent companies like ours.
Walberg’s visit also included meeting some of our top leaders within the company: Mark Meldrum, President, Matt Everline, Director of Operations and Engineering, and Steve Rutz, Controller. These three gentlemen escorted Walberg around and were able to give some great insight on the company.
When Walberg arrived he was briefed on the company with a video of the company’s history. We were able to tour three of our six buildings: the main building, the Research & Development building, and the media building which is still under construction. While down at R&D Walberg got a sneak peak at our SEMA build, he was impressed to say the least.
It is always a great feeling to be recognized by the government. For someone to want to come see the impact that our company has made within our community is something we are proud of and we were honored to be recognized for it.
Check out some photos of the day taken by our very own photographer, Derek Booher.
Beautiful weather and record numbers in Mesick, MI as more than 1200 Jeeps made it out for the 12th Annual Jeep Blessing. BDS made it out for the event and set up shop in the in the vendor corral to talk to event goers. For many this was the first chance to see the new BDS forged flex ends up close and see what other new products we have available. A big thanks goes out to Devin from Drive Train Specialists (DTS) who was nice enough to bring his bad ass BDS 6.5” Long Arm equipped JK by the booth to draw many to the booth.
The ever runs all day long with many coming to show off their Jeeps and wheel them on the obstacle course, while others came ready to shop for great deals at the event. Shawn and Jason had a blast out at the event and wanted to thanks everyone that stopped by to say hi. Despite being busy all day long, they did find the time to check out the show and snap some photos along the way. See some of the photos below and for al the rest of them, head to the Facebook photo album.
BDS is loaded up and making the 4 hour haul to West Branch, MI for SnoFari 2013. This event held annually in the heart of winter brings together off-roaders and a handful of vendors for a weekend of snow wheeling from mild trails to gnarly terrain. Now in its 6th year this Soldiers of Fortune Offroad Club event boasts growing interest as it raises money to support GLFWDA and UFWDA and builds awareness for safe off-roading. We’ll be heading up with the BDS Silverado HD with the BDS TJ, trailer, and some goodies in tow. With frigid temps and decent snow accumulation all week long, this should make for a great event for everyone involved. We’ll be posting pictures from at the event on Saturday so stay tuned to the BDS Facebook Page for more.
Over the weekend W.E.Rock held a Dirt Riot Endurance Race at Rocks & Valleys in Harrison, MI. Rocks & Valleys is one of our go to trails here in Michigan when we need to test out new suspension products or enjoy a weekend with family and friends. Ron and the crew over at R&V are constantly working to improve the trail systems and offer terrain to challenge wheelers of all levels. Course prerun and driver meet & greet went on Friday afternoon and rolled into a bon fire party that night. Some late night rain added a bit of mud to parts of the race course. Come Saturday morning the park started to fill with spectators, competitors and a handful of vendors getting ready for the racing competition. 3 classes ran during the day: 4400 class, trail mod, and UTV. With UTV and trail mod classes racing for 1hr and 4400’s racing for 3hrs, there was plenty of excitement out on the trail. BDS Suspension made it out to the park to check out the racing action and show some support. Check out W.E.Rock live for the official race coverage and to see more from the event. Congratulations to the winners Rosco Rietdorf in 4400 class, Joe Zoonek in Trail Mod, and Adam Cornell in UTV class. We’re looking forward to the next Dirt Riot race out at Rocks & Valleys and will hopefully see you there too! Check out some of our photos from the event and see plenty more on the BDS Facebook Page…
BDS Suspension returned to Mesick, MI for the 11 Annual Jeep Blessing hosted by the Cadillac Jeepers. Each year the event grows and this year continued that trend with Jeeps of all shapes, sizes, colors and years were in attendance. Heck, there were plenty of non-Jeep vehicles taking part in the weekend of 4wheel action. We love making the short trip up from Coldwater, MI each to take part in this event to see past customers and hearing stories of where they take their BDS-equipped rigs. A record attendance with 1108 Jeeps signed up for this 1-day festival. With trails like the new Chadville open and other being updated and improved the Jeepers were excited to throw it into low range and play out on the rocks. After a morning rain the ever popular mud pit brought in quite a crowd all day to see who could make it through the slimy pit. In the afternoon the sun came out and the it warmed up making for a great event.
BDS set up in the vendor area to show off some of the new products and chat with the event attendees. Congrats to Kari Dunlap for taking home the $100 BDS gift certificate and thanks again to everyone that stopped by the booth and took advantage of our show specials.
It’s that time of year again, Blessing the the Jeeps is this Saturday in Mesick, Michigan. Celebrating their 10th Annual showing, the Cadillac Jeepers are set to make this the best event yet, with a Jeep Show, Live Music, Offroad Course, Parade of Jeeps, Kids Events, Vendor Show and more. BDS Suspension will be there with our local distributor Don Nester Chevrolet. To get the full details, check out the Cadillac Jeepers website and we’ll see you out there!