Thule started business in the United States when founding member, Ake Skeppner sold strong and reliable roof racks direct to end-users at windsurf competitions on the New England shoreline, where these tough racks were an indispensable piece of equipment. The skiing industry soon followed where Thule’s Swedish heritage certainly helped the product gain rapid acceptance. Today Thule makes rack systems that accommodate just about all of your equipment-carrying needs and just about every vehicle, too.
Interestingly, it was the cycling community's demand for sturdy bicycle rack systems that encouraged Skeppner to hire a US engineer and set up a small assembly plant in New York. Now, with plants in Connecticut and Chicago, too, Thule is proud that their racks are locally grown. By sourcing parts from local manufacturers, they help stimulate the economy, keep jobs local and maintain a close eye on quality control, too.
Before products can wear the coveted Thule logo, they're exposed to everything from icy cold to sweltering heat and even long-term UV radiation. Plus, there are tensile tests, shock tests, road tests, endurance tests, aerodynamic tests and crash tests! In short, all the features that make Thule racks simple and convenient for you to carry your equipment are tested exhaustively over thousands of miles out in the real world.
Also, Thule’s long-established approach to safety is deeply rooted in the soul of the company. Safety and fit are the common themes running through all their products. And you can rest assured that your system will handle tough treatment without losing any of its awesome functionality. Indeed, it's this unparallelled design and testing that lets them confidently offer a lifetime warranty. No matter what you need to carry, or what vehicle you drive, we have a Thule rack that's perfect.
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