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US Amps was founded in 1986 The company began as a dream in the back of a car stereo store in Gainesville Florida The two principle partners Jack Matheney and Dirk Ecker had been friends and co-workers for years Jack owned the store and did the owner thing Dirk was president of the largest electronic warranty station in the Southeast To stay sane the two would spend evenings tinkering with the idea of manufacturing a product of their own As you may guess Dirks extensive technical background combined with Jack being ate up to the gills with car audio resulted in the first US Amps For a couple of years the two worked on the product at first building one-of-a-kind amplifiers for customers at the store Even then they were the most powerful and durable amplifiers in the world No two were the same The customers were tickled pink Eventually an assembly line was set up in a make-shift warehouse and hundreds of conspicuously hand-built US Amps began to wind up in peoples cars Be sure to check out the photos of a few of the original US Amps on our Photo Archives page About this time 1987 or so car audio contests were making their way down to Florida US Amps made itself known and began to attract attention A very well known company got in touch with Dirk and Jack to explore the possibility of making amps for them under their name Right away it was obvious the Warehouse Warriors needed a face lift As is common in this situation there was only one book at the library on How to Design and Build a Socially Acceptable Car Amp but it was always checked out So the boys plunged into the seedy world of CAD aluminum extrusions anodizing plating scrubbing rubbing packing shipping wheedling cajoling and marketing The deal with the other company never went down but US
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