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Shop develops award-winning customs with focus on utilizing the latest technologies

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 06:00
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You’ve seen the Gerber Family’s work — their eye-catching customs, period-accurate restorations and heart-pounding performance vehicles — in action at race tracks, on display at car shows, profiled in glossy magazine layouts or tooling down the road wherever you may happen to be.

“Form and function can coexist,” says Josh Henning, director of business development at the Roadster Shop. “We do not sacrifice quality or drive-ability no matter the budget. The money spent on customizing a car is wasted if it can’t be used and driven like it was intended to.”

At a Glance:
Roadster Shop
Mundelein, Ill.
Location
Phil and Jeremy Gerber
Owners
1
No. of shops
30+
Years in business
64
No. of employees
55,000
Square footage of shop
5
No. of bays
45
Average weekly vehicle count
BASF/Glasurit
Paint supplier
www.roadstershop.com

Based in Mundelein, Ill. and established by Bill O’Rourke in the 1980s, in 2004 the business was purchased by Neal Gerber and his sons Phil and Jeremy, who were intent on carrying on and enhancing O’Rourke’s legacy of constructing highly valued vehicle builds.

Originally situated in a 7,000-sq. ft. structure in Elgin, Ill., where O’Rourke specialized in modifying pre-World War II Fords, the Gerbers subsequently relocated to a 30,000-sq ft. building in Mundelein, later adding a 20,000-sq. ft. expansion to accommodate their growing chassis manufacturing operations.

“Through much dedication and hard work, the Roadster Shop quickly became a given – or staple, if you will,” says Josh, “for any muscle car, hot rod, truck or cruiser build in any top shop or at-home builder’s list of modifications. The Roadster Shop’s mantra was and has continued to be, ‘why just build ANOTHER...when we can build the BEST’”

Pressing onward with their technologically advanced and exquisitely styled projects, a coinciding focus of the Gerbers has been on “revolutionizing the performance muscle car and truck aftermarket with new suspension designs and offerings. The Roadster Shop does not specialize in one specific style of car as the name might suggest. Rather, we have the expertise, knowledge and design savvy to build top award-winning cars across a broad range of genres.”

Elaborating further, Josh reports that “we design and manufacture our own line of suspension and complete chassis in-house, in addition to doing complete full builds. We feel that we build better chassis because we build cars, and we build better cars because we build chassis.”

Employing 64 people within a 55,000-sq. ft. facility, before a potential patron sees a single ball peen hammer or spray gun, he or she is greeted in an upscale 5,000-sq. ft. retail showroom that showcases a collection of customer vehicles along with an assortment of product offerings, branded apparel and other merchandise.

Also in the showroom are offices housing design, engineering and sales consultants providing “an ideal environment” for customers to collaborate with a staff of experts as they plan their project vehicles.

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