World of Powersports fuels military business, and now adds ambulances

Publish Date: 
Jul 26, 2013

DECATUR, Ill. – Longtime powersports retailer and wholesaler World of Powersports has other businesses you might not know about, and they’re providing a big boost to WOP’s bottom line.

A multi-year winning Top 100 Dealer, the Central-Eastern Illinois business has been active in providing vehicle parts, accessories, lubricants and even training to Special Operations Forces (SOF) and other government agencies since 2006. Now it’s providing the actual vehicles the Special Operations soldiers use, supplying as many as 35 vehicles to the SOF in a contract that could be worth $200,000.

World of Powersports also has received orders to distribute and stock motorcycle safety gear and clothing for nearly 200 Army Air Force Exchange (AAFES) locations worldwide as part of a vendor agreement expected to top $2 million a year, according to Matthew Jackson, who co-owns WOP with his brother, Mark. “The in-store display and sales have been going so well that World of Powersports will be developing a website exclusive to military personnel and directly linked to The Exchange Mall – a military-only website offering special pricing and programs to all active duty and retired military personnel,” the owners stated.

The military uses dozens of brands in service, including Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha and Zero. World of Powersports said it supports most of these brands, offering  “genuine OEM parts” for Can-Am, KTM, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, Polaris, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo and Arctic Cat motorcycles, ATVs, PWC and snowmobiles.

WOP’s MilitaryAtv.com is a website built for the defense industry to support today’s military with product and logistics support for specialized motorcycles, ATVs and LT-ATVs (UTVs in the civilian sector). MilitaryATV.com provides soldiers and agencies with an ability to research and order vehicles, and order P&A.

Off-road ambulances too. Now add another franchise; this past week World of Powersports became an authorized dealer for Alternative Support Apparatus, a manufacturer of off-road ambulances. WOP was granted exclusive rights to the Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri sales territories for ASAP.

“We feel [WOP understands] our brand and line of products well, and offers outstanding service to their customers,” said Jason Johnson, national sales manager for ASAP. The company is adding five to six dealers annually as it ramps up vehicle production.

ASAP ambulances are built on a Polaris 6x6 chassis and feature a 800cc electronic fuel injected 40hp engine with on-demand six-wheel drive and an independent suspension. It can travel at speeds up to 40 mph.

“ASAP lengthens and modifies the Polaris Ranger chassis to accommodate a larger rear equipment mounting area and more weight-carrying capacity,” the company explained.

ASAP manufactures three vehicle lines: the MedStat ambulance, the Wildfire firefighting/rescue vehicle and the Select Series Flatbed that can be modified as required for industrial, utility, construction and EMS applications.

Posted by Mary Slepicka