Employee Profile: Anthony Smith

Date posted: July 28, 2015

Anthony Smith from AMP ResearchMeet Anthony Smith, AMP Research’s Engineering Director. He has a passion for engineering, loves to surf, and is a key part in our company’s innovative products. He’s worked here for 16 years and has had his hands in everything the company has produced since: AMP Research PowerSteps, BedXTender, and AMP Research fuel doors. The first product he worked on, however, was one of our early BedXTender designs and fuel doors. However, he notes that once the company started developing our iconic PowerStep, most of his time has gone to that.

Anthony went to school for mechanical engineering at California State University, Long Beach, but had other interests in art an mathematics as well.

“I think diversifying your studies is healthy for the creative side of engineers,” he said. “I think advanced mathematics helps develop a person’s creative problem solving skills, and studying fine arts helps develop an awareness of form, visual balance, and overall aesthetics.”

Leading the Engineering Team is no small task, and Anthony pushes for innovation and quality with every product AMP Research produces. One of Anthony’s big strengths is in kinematics, which is the kind of mechanics that focuses on motion. Considering every product AMP Research offers has some form of motion, he gets to exercise this discipline often. He admits, however, that product design, another area of his focus, is probably the most fun. But there are a lot of moving parts in creating and producing product, and it all needs to be carried out to produce a quality product.

So what’s the best part about working for AMP Research?

AMP Research PowerStep

“I like the challenging opportunities that AMP Research and Lund International bring. With a family of product so large and enough resources to tackle the challenges, it’s nice to be a part of such an atmosphere that breeds innovation.”

Another thing Anthony mentions is the diverse group at AMP Research and Lund International has as a whole.

“There are a variety of passions—sports, hobbies, family, whatever the love might be—it is encouraged, and there is a lot of positive energy that spills into the work we do,” he said. Anthony said the feedback from the customers pushes the company and its employees to make the product great.

“We love our products, but we also love the community we feel with our customers.”

Outside of work, one of Anthony’s passions is surfing. The amazing photo below shows him riding a wave in Tavarua, Fiji in April, 2015. He says he draws passion from his love of surfing.

We’re proud to have Anthony on the AMP Research team and in the Lund International family of brands. His work and passion speak for themselves both on the job an on a surfboard!

Anthony Smith surfing

New Product: AMP Research PowerStep XL

Date posted: July 21, 2015

AMP Research PowerStep XL

AMP Research has added a new model to its lineup of PowerStep™ electric deployable running boards. The PowerStep XL™ features an additional 3-inches of drop compared to standard PowerStep boards, which makes them ideal for lifted vehicles. This 3-inch drop comes courtesy of an integrated aluminum rail that not only looks great, but also offers additional durability when the steps are retracted. The PowerStep XL also features easy installation with hassle-free plug-and-play wiring. Simply attach the boards and plug the wiring harness into the vehicle’s OBDII port.

The PowerStep XL allows easier entry and exit of lifted trucks, yet still retracts and stows neatly along the vehicle’s rocker panels. Already an award winner, the PowerStep XL won Best New Exterior Accessory at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas where it was first shown to the public.

Like other PowerStep models, the PowerStep XL features an integrated LED light system for excellent low-light visibility. The rails are constructed of sturdy 6063 marine-grade aluminum and wear an attractive, corrosion-resistant black textured coating. For extra strength, the boards’ components are made from die-cast aluminum alloy with an anodized PTFE-coated (polytetrafluoroethylene) military-spec finish for excellent corrosion resistance. Precision stainless steel pivot pins ensure rock-solid stability with a 600 lb. capacity, and maintenance-free, self-lubricating bushings ensure years of all-weather performance.

Invented, engineered, and built in the USA, these premium boards are backed by a five year/60,000 mile limited warranty.

For a list of applications, visit our PowerStep XL page.

AMP Research PowerStep XL retracted

AMP Research and the World Famous KROQ

Date posted: January 7, 2014

KROQ Install

A few weeks ago we outfitted a GM Dually for the guys over at The World Famous KROQ radio station. The link below has a rundown of the parts installed and a quick little video from Lightning showing you the PowerStep, BedStep and BedStep2 in action!

World Famous KROQ

AMP Research partners with WD40 and SEMA Cares

Date posted: December 18, 2013

This custom, one-of-a-kind Ford F-150 is an OFF-ROAD BEAST and could be yours for just $50!

The WD-40®/SEMA Cares Foose Ford F-150 has high performance parts from more than 20 aftermarket companies, making it the ultimate off-road vehicle. Including parts and labor, its value is estimated at $80,000!

Purchase your raffle tickets now – proceeds will benefit three important SEMA Cares charities!

• Designed by Chip Foose, painted with BASF Onyx HD paint by LGE-CTS Motorsports
• Features a Whipple supercharger, Gale Banks Straight-Shot performance system
• Magnaflow cat-back exhaust system that gives the 6.2L V8 more than 600HP
• Converted front Raptor suspension
• ICON Vehicle Dynamics 3.0 coilovers and upper uniball billet arms and ICON rear triple bypass shocks with
ATLAS 3.0+ leaf springs
• Boatec Raptor fiberglass hood, fenders and bedsides
• Baja Forged front and rear bumpers by LGE-CTS Motorsports
• custom bed cage equipped with Bulldog LED lighting and a WARN winch
• Katzkin leather interior
• Clarion sound system installed by Audio Innovations
• Falken Wild Peak A/T 37×12.5R17 tires
• 17” x 9” MHT Fuel Maverick wheels in a matte Graphite finish

To view all Prize Package Details, including all products and services, visit: SEMA CARES TRUCK RAFFLE sponsored by WD-40®

AMP Research teams up for Motorz Mega Craftsman Xmas

Date posted: December 16, 2013

Motorz™ has teamed up with Craftsman® at Sears®, AMP Research, Katzkin®, Covercraft®, E3® Spark Plugs, Mothers® Polish, PerformanceParts.com and The Buzz Maker!™ to create the Motorz ultimate Craftsman Christmas prize package valued at more than $10,000 – the biggest prize package in Motorz’ history!

The contest will run now through December 24, 2013, at noon PST (3:00 p.m. EST). Motorz will announce the winner on Christmas morning, and the winner will receive:

• An incredible prize package from Craftsman that features nearly 30 products including tool sets, tool storage, power equipment, storage and accessories
• A six-piece package from AMP Research
• An eight-piece car protection package from Covercraft
• A new leather interior from Katzkin
• A 40+ piece vehicle beautification package from Mothers Polish
• E3 Spark Plugs and accessories
• A gift certificate from PerformanceParts.com
• Promotional support from The Buzz Maker! Public Relations

Free shipping is included.

To view all Prize Package Details, including the products and services included in this mega prize package, visit: MOTORZ TV

AMP Research is awarded Manufacturer of the Year by PWA

Date posted: November 8, 2013

Mfg. of the Year award

SEMA SHOW 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada – AMP Research wins Manufacturer of the Year from The Performance Warehouse Association

A very heartfelt thank you to all the jobbers involved in the voting process, we sincerely appreciate being acknowledged for all the hard work our staff has put in. This has put a big exclamation mark on another successful year!

AMP Research Great American Giveaway: Round 3 Winner!

Date posted: November 6, 2013

AMP Research Great American Giveaway #3 Winner

Congratulations to First Lieutenant Troy Givens, the Motorz AMP Research Great American Giveaway winner. Troy will receive a set of AMP Research PowerStep™ running boards and his choice of a BedStep®, BedStep2™ or a BedXTender HD™ for a total prize package valued at more than $1400! Congratulations and best wishes to Troy, a truly great American. Visit Motorz to read Troy’s story and see all the contest winners this season!

Good morning to you folks! My name is 1LT Troy Givens and I am a combat wounded veteran. I currently reside in Eugene, OR where I am undergoing physical therapy and medical treatment for the injuries I sustained in Afghanistan in Dec. 2010. Prior to relocating to Oregon, I was in San Antonio, Texas at the Brooke Army Medical Center. During several months there in the ICU, I learned to walk again and was introduced to the AMP Research PowerSteps. (You would be hard pressed to find a wounded Soldier with a truck down there who didn’t have their truck set up with the PowerSteps and BedSteps.) I do not meet the criteria to get assistance through the VA because I still have some use of my leg. Although I can bend my leg, I lack flexibility in my knee and half of my lower quad muscle is physically missing on my right leg. My right knee is being held together by scar tissue and calcification. Therefore, the overall stability of my leg is quite minimal and muscle control is very weak, especially on the days when I have physical therapy. I am hoping AMP Research can assist me in acquiring the PowerSteps and BedSteps for my truck. These products would be very beneficial to me in my daily life. Thank you for your time! ~ Troy Givens

Congratulations again to Troy. Keep up the amazing work!

Lund International, a Portfolio Company of Highlander Partners, Acquires the Assets of AMP Research

Date posted: October 15, 2013

SOURCE Highlander Partners, L.P.

BUFORD, Ga., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Lund International Holding Company, a portfolio company of Highlander Partners, L.P., today announced it has acquired all of the operating assets of AMP Research. AMP, based in Tustin, California, is the leading provider of automatic power articulating running boards, bed steps, bed extenders and related products. Lund will continue to use the trademarked POWERSTEP™, BEDSTEP®, BEDSTEP2™ and BEDXTENDER HD™ product names included in AMP’s Innovation in Motion product lines. The current Tustin location will continue to be the primary manufacturing facility and AMP’s current workforce will join the Lund International team.

Mitch Fogle, President of Lund, said, “This acquisition reinforces Lund’s emerging position as the leader in the running board and nerf bar category, in which we offer the broadest product line up in the industry with a track record of introducing innovative new designs. The patent protected and unique POWERSTEP™ automatic power articulating running board will now be sold under the Lund brand in its new Innovation in Motion series, as will the other product lines acquired. Additionally, the BEDSTEP®, BEDSTEP2™, BEDXTENDER™ HD, and fuel door products are excellent complements to our existing business. This acquisition will allow us to enhance our broad product offering to better serve the needs of both our existing and new customers.”

Jeff L. Hull, Chairman of Lund and Managing Partner of Highlander, added, “This acquisition, Lund’s third so far in 2013, confirms our strategy to seek strategic opportunities that build on and expand Lund’s existing business and product offering. AMP is clearly one of the leaders in innovation and development, and its product line is highly complementary to Lund’s other automotive accessory offerings. As with our previous acquisitions, we plan to leverage the strength of our brand and distribution capabilities to ensure AMP’s products reach a broader audience than was previously accessible to them. We continue to evaluate numerous other opportunities and expect to make additional acquisitions going forward.”

Regions Business Capital (with Regions Bank as Administrative Agent), along with a syndicate of participating lenders, provided senior financing in support of this transaction.

About Lund International

Lund International Holding Company is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of branded automotive aftermarket accessories for a full assortment of passenger cars and light trucks, as well as the heavy truck category. Its products include Ventvisors®, hood shields, floor mats, fender flares, tonneau covers, storage boxes, and running boards, among others. Lund offers the industry’s broadest range of functional body and appearance products that provide customers with ways to customize and personalize their vehicles.

For more information about Lund, please visit www.lundinternational.com.

About Highlander Partners

Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with partners that have committed over $500 million of principal funds for direct private equity investments in North America and Central Europe. The firm focuses on making investments in middle market businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including basic manufacturing, food, building materials and others. Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions.

For more information about Highlander Partners, please visit www.highlander-partners.com.

StreetTrucks Magazine PowerStep Install

Date posted: July 29, 2013

Street Trucks

The crew over at StreetTrucks Magazine installed the AMP Reesearch PowerStep onto the new full-size Chevy Suburban. Check out the article

  StreetTrucks Magazine PS Install (sept 2013) (1.4 MiB, 2,396 hits)

Celebrating Jay’s life and legacy

Date posted: July 22, 2013

Jay Smith

We are saddened to report that Jay Smith has passed away after a 19-month battle with cancer.  Jay served as the COO for AMP Research since 1996 and will be greatly missed for his integrity and humble leadership. His sole purpose in life was to serve God by serving others and not himself.

Jay had a big heart for children, and would want us to honor him by helping others. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider supporting The Orphan Care Initiative at Saddleback Church

There is a service to celebrate Jay’s life and legacy, 10 AM, Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Saddleback Church, in the “Refinery”, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA