V-Twin aftermarket company Sumax up for sale

Publish Date: 
Jun 26, 2012

ORISKANY, N.Y. - The founder and owner of Harley aftermarket company Sumax is considering selling the business as he approaches retirement.

Kirk Van Scoten, founder and owner of Sumax, said he is seeking possible new owners for the company. Price tag: $870,000.

Sumax designs and master-distributes Taylor spark plug wires and battery cables. Its fiberglass business includes an assortment of fenders and saddlebags. "A self-sufficient department creates their own tooling and molds for production. Their new line of saddlebag brackets let you create your own Softail, Dyna and Sportster baggers. Their design allows the customer to use Harley bags or Sumax’s own bags. Sumax does subcontract work for some of the biggest names in the business," he said.

The company also provides special-effects powdercoating services. "Many of [Sumax's] powders are specifically made for them," he said. "Sumax’s prep and painting techniques has produced a nonfading smooth as glass finish."

Sumax products are distributed by Drag Specialties, Biker’s Choice, Mid-USA, Tedd Cycle and TEC in the United States; in Europe by Zodiac, Motorcycle Storehouse, and Custom Chrome Europe; and in Asia by Parts Max.

The sale of the business includes 11,000 sq. ft. clear span steel building (see image) located in an industrial park, state-of-the-art equipment, tooling, molds and established accounts, according to the company. Van Scoten also will stay on for a period of time, if desired. Interested parties should contact Van Scoten at kirk@sumax.com or at 315-527-7607.

Posted by Mary Slepicka