AEV founder and president David Harriton shows where the company adds fully boxed frame ra
This is not the first time AEV has transformed your everyday Jeep into a unique product with the build quality you expect to find straight from the factory. Some ways this can be achieved by an aftermarket business involve hiring the right people. While expanding, AEV began teaming up with a supplier to the Big Three, stamping and assembly company Quality Metalcraft owner, Michael Chetcuti, along with getting the support of Mike Collins from Detroit, bringing an experienced off-road sales manager and AEV customer Chris Wood into the fold, and hiring Dave Yegge, a Jeep engineer who played vital roles in Wrangler development. Like Wood, Yegge had used AEV to stretch his personal Jeep TJ years earlier, which played a role in the development of the factory's Unlimited model.
They aren't the only ones responsible for the success at AEV in its 15-year existence. Including Yegge, there are three Chrysler/Jeep employees with 40 years worth of experience. The company acquired Nth Degree suspension in 2007 along with the expertise of Jim Frens, one of the former Chrysler employees, who is now the AEV resident suspension engineer. Since 1997, the Missoula, Montana facility to has moved into a 7000-square-foot space and the AEV Detroit facilities have expanded into a 36,000-square-foot workspace as AEV continues to grow with its mission to make perfection the primary objective.
The original idea for the two-door TJ Brute came to Harriton when he owned two Mastiff dogs. He wanted a way to transport them while keeping the interior of his Jeep clean, and also wanted more room for cargo. Here you can see a very satisfied customer, (he wore that smile all day), driving his first-generation Brute during the AEV Customer Appreciation trail ride.
Company partner Michael "Chet" Chetcuti, prepared a feast that included 40 pounds of ribs and special beans by his lackey, Kent, for the AEV customer dinner. Meanwhile, the rest of the AEV family and about 20 AEV-equipped Jeeps from all over the USA followed Sales Manager Chris Wood on the annual Customer Appreciation trail ride, made more interesting by snow that had started falling in Moab the night before.