Keystone Automotive Operations expands product line


Keystone Automotive Operations (Exeter, Pennyslvania) announced the addition of Havis vehicle docking and mounting solutions, MEK Magnet and Baha Designs lighting products to their product line.

Havis, Inc.

For over 80 years, Havis has been designing and engineering high-quality products for mobile professionals across a variety of industries, including public safety, government, public works, health care, fleet transport, and more.

“Havis is an excellent addition to our commercial truck and van segment. Their product solutions are thoughtfully designed to be unobtrusive, user-friendly, and convenient, thereby increasing worker efficiency and safety,” says Scott Percival, Keystone Category Manager. “We look forward to building a great partnership between our two companies, as we help each other grow in 2019 and beyond.”

By partnering with major computer manufacturers such as Dell, Getac, and Panasonic, as well as leading vehicle OEMs like Ford, Chevy, Dodge, and Nissan, Havis has succeeded in creating innovative solutions that allow both technologies to operate harmoniously in mobile work environments. Products include computer docking stations, motion devices, equipment consoles, and power management devices, as well as prisoner transport systems and award-winning K9 inserts.

The company’s design philosophy revolves around manufacturing products of superior construction, user comfort, and safety. “Advances in mobile computing have turned today's vehicles into fully functional offices,” says Havis. “Unfortunately, mobile workers often discover that the benefits of mobility come at the expense of comfort and performance—and sometimes even health and safety.”

If equipment is positioned improperly, workers can experience issues such as wrist strain, back pain, and eye fatigue. More concerning, however, is that poorly-mounted accessories can interfere with air bags or detach during an accident, effectively turning into dangerous projectiles. “We test the entire system, not just the individual components,” explains Havis. “Our total solutions undergo the toughest testing in the industry, including 30 mph crash tests and air bag deployment simulations. Vibration tests on our mounting systems simulate impact events and rocky terrain, while rollover simulations ensure your computer won't eject.”

As the mobile workforce continues to expand, so does Havis, Inc. While headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania, the company has another major facility in Plymouth, Michigan and in 2017 established Havis Europe Ltd. to better support its international customers and partners. The manufacturer continues to make significant contributions to the market, including a patented, universal cradle design to hold any 7”-9” tablet via a unique three-point adjustment system; a new series of high-strength docking stations for Getac rugged tablets, notepads, and laptops; and a high-res, dash-mounted touch screen monitor designed to extend a user’s computer device while maximizing cabin space. Havis also remains an industry leader in prisoner transport van conversion systems, and the company’s award-winning K9 inserts span 30 different models, including a dual-purpose transport that allows law enforcement officers to accommodate both a K9 partner and a prisoner, safely, in one vehicle.

“We strive to exceed our own high standards and our customers’ expectations with flexible, integrated solutions,” asserts Havis. “We pride ourselves in providing the finest quality products and services to our customers, [and] are committed to continually improving our products, our services and ourselves.”

MEK Magnet

Founded in 2016 by outdoor enthusiast Monika Kalenski, MEK Magnet creates customizable, magnetic Jeep armor for off-roaders seeking trail protection. Designed for 1996 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs, 2007 – 2018 JK 2-door and 4-door Unlimited models, and Mopar factory JK half doors, MEK Magnets are a stylish, custom-fit alternative to bulky, permanent body armor.

Constructed of cast vinyl wrapped magnetic panels, MEK Magnet’s armor kits are durable, flexible, and exceptionally easy to use. The sheeting is outdoor-rated, standing up to bad weather, bumpy trails, and temperatures ranging from -40°F to 170°F. Each panel is digitally printed with high-quality UV ink, ensuring a crisp, clean, and fade-resistant finish.

MEK Magnet currently offers eight unique designs as well as the opportunity for customers to upload their own image, creating endless possibilities for customization. Ideal for those enthusiasts who want to stand out on the trail or business owners who want to expand their brand awareness, MEK Magnet marries form and function in an expressive and affordable way. Each Jeep armor kit comes complete with panels for the front and rear fenders, doors, and door seams, takes only minutes to install, and wipes down easily with a damp cloth.

“There has never been an easier way to style your Jeep and provide tough and dependable protection,” says the company. “Your Jeep is an extension of you, put your mark on it!”

San Diego, California-based MEK Magnet had its first major appearance at the 2018 SEMA Show, with the association referring to it as “a brand to watch.” Partnering with Keystone will give this young company valuable access to new resources and business opportunities, increasing brand awareness among consumers through the distributor’s vast retail network and strategic marketing initiatives.

“You might find similar products in the market; however, you’ll find those similar products won’t compare to the quality of MEK Magnet,” says Ahad Mirza, Category Manager. “Jeep enthusiasts will love the level of protection MEK Magnet provides for them as they enjoy miles of worry-free trailing all wrapped in a very stylish package.”

Baja Designs

For over 25 years, Baja Designs has specialized in engineering the highest-performing LED lights on the market. Earning its stripes in off road motorcycle racing, Baja Designs’ innovative product lineup now extends across a variety of applications, including automotive, UTV/ATV, marine, military, agriculture, and industrial.

From the beginning, Baja Designs has been committed to standing at the forefront of lighting technology. The company’s founder and lead engineer, Alan Roach, built upon his experience as a Baja 1000 motorcycle racer to develop the first HID motorcycle race light. The company is proud to say that, as a combination of this knowledge and dedication to rider safety and comfort, Baja Design lights have won every professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV Baja 1000 class for over 15 years.

As Baja Designs fine-tuned its HID offerings, branching into truck and buggy racing, it also became a pioneer in LED technology. The company was the first to develop a forward-projecting LED light bar, introducing it in the 2005 Baja 1000. And with no intentions of slowing down, Baja Designs continues to innovate within LEDs, specializing in industry-leading light bars and auxiliary lights. The company remains committed to emerging technology, spearheading the foray into laser lighting with the world’s first laser light bar and farthest-reaching product on the market, the OnX6 Hybrid, and laser auxiliary light, the XL Laser High Speed Spot.

“We call our engineers ‘The Scientists of Lighting’ due to their ability to constantly create new auxiliary and OEM replacement lighting systems as vehicles evolve,” says Baja Designs. “Our race-winning Laser, LED, and HID lights have been adopted by the vehicle racing community and can be found on most Baja 1000 winning vehicles.”

To develop the best optics in the industry, Baja Designs utilizes several proprietary technologies and processes. Among these is the company’s comprehensive definition of targeted lighting zones to determine the design and direction of new optics, eliminating glare in foggy and dusty conditions and providing additional sight while cornering or sliding. Baja Designs is also unique in its use of O-ring seals, rather than silicone, to ensure that users have the opportunity to service their own lights, adding the ability for customization as well. Additionally, this use of O-ring seals makes Baja Design lights completely waterproof and dustproof, as well as fully submersible and washable.

Further enhancing the user experience is the company’s exclusive use of 5000K LEDs to reduce driver fatigue and increase terrain recognition, as well as its adoption of a specially-designed copper management system to safely and more efficiently conduct the thermal output of LED lighting.

Partnering with Keystone Automotive will allow Baja Designs to expand the reach of its revolutionary lighting technologies, accessing new resources, customers and business opportunities through the distributor’s vast network of retail outlets and energetic marketing initiatives.

“We are excited to welcome Baja Designs to the lighting category here at Keystone—it’s a great addition,” says Scott Percival, Category Manager. “Our customers and off-road enthusiasts recognize Baja as a premium lighting manufacturer. It’s impossible to attend industry events like Moab and King of the Hammers and not see their presence,” he adds. “We look forward to working with this great brand and growing together.”

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