Melissa Scoles Named President of QA1


Lakeville, MN [July 15, 2013] – QA1, an industry leader in performance shocks, rod ends and suspension components for motorsports, is excited to announce the promotion of Melissa Scoles to President.

CEO and Founder Jim Jordan announced the news, stating “QA1 is fortunate to have someone with Melissa's broad skillsets to assume this position within the company.”

Melissa has been associated with QA1 since she was a teenager, as Jordan is her father. She started at the company folding boxes and worked the company’s trade shows during college. She then worked through every department at the company, taking a break to get outside experience and attain her MBA from Carlson School of Management. She studied in both Europe and Asia while earning her degrees. When she returned in January of 2011, she joined the QA1 team again as Vice President of Marketing, to be quickly promoted to Executive Vice President and now President.

In the past couple of years, Melissa has helped lead the company to several milestones. She oversaw the acquisition of CAP Auto Products and Edelbrock’s Suspension Division, adding over 350 American-made suspension products to QA1’s product offering. She has also been integral in organizing QA1’s new Composite Component Group, which will be introducing a variety of carbon fiber filament wound products to the market for late 2013 and 2014. Currently, she is leading a project to expand QA1’s manufacturing space to accommodate the company’s growth over the past couple of years.

QA1 is excited about the future with Melissa leading the way. Her extensive knowledge of the performance automotive and various industrial markets puts QA1 in great hands. She knows and understands the value of the QA1 team and genuinely values each employee and customer.


Founded in 1993, QA1 is an industry leader in performance shocks, rod ends and suspension components for motorsports, offering the most complete line of shock absorbers for the racing / performance market of any manufacturer. QA1 will have approximately 85,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space in Lakeville, Minnesota by the end of 2013. The state-of-the-art facility includes a complete line of CNC machines, injection- molding machines, CNC press brakes, hydraulic presses, filament winding and laser-cutting equipment that permit all inclusive shock absorber and suspension component manufacturing and assembly operations. QA1’s quality system is certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.

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