MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Show truck owners don’t have to settle for the typical four or five-inch exhaust pipes anymore.
Star Exhaust Systems is now manufacturing six-inch exhaust pipes, something not commonly found in Canada and particularly attractive to truck drivers who enter their rigs in show and shine competitions.
“The response to the six-inch exhaust has been tremendous since we announced it in March,” said Murray McKerracher, sales and promotion for Star Exhaust Systems. “And depending on how things go, we may be introducing seven-inch exhaust pipes in the near future.”
Not only has Star Exhaust been innovative with chrome piping, but it conducts in-house tube bending and also manufactures its own flex tubing, which links the bent pipes together to combat vibration.
The company is run by Murray McKerracher and his brother Scott, who is responsible for inside operations, and their father Reg, who has officially retired but still works with them almost every day.
“Working in a family-run business is much more satisfying than the regular work force,” said Murray. “I’ve done it both ways, and even though I tend to have longer hours, I find I want to work harder and I take more pride in the work I do.”
The key to the McKerracher’s success has been becoming completely self-sufficient.
“We realized early on that to succeed in this business we would have to offset the enormous costs of tooling outside the shop so we installed a full CNC machine shop and we do all of our own tooling so there is low overhead costs for us,” said Murray. By doing the entire manufacturing process in-house, Star Exhaust is able to be cost efficient and acquire more control over the finished product.
“We had to have this type of system in place,” said Murray. “It goes a long way towards the longevity of the business, and we’re happy to be able to say that we can take a customer from the beginning to the end.”
Currently, Star Exhaust is located at 1325 Shawson Drive in Mississauga; however, the McKerrachers are considering moving the nine-person team to a bigger facility in the near future.
For details, call 1-877-322-2600.
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