As it was the year of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 50th Anniversary, motorcycle enthusiast and HitchDoc owner, Brad Mohns was waiting on the backordered motorcycle hitch he ordered for the trip. Tired of waiting, he went out to his farm shop and started working his own hitch. That year, Brad took a custom-built trike and chopper to Sturgis, South Dakota with hitches he had designed for common models of Harley Davidsons. The effort, design and quality was apparent to the motorcycling community so the orders rolled in from that day forward.
As a full-time farmer, Brad had all the tools he needed to make hitches for his bikes and friend’s but when orders kept coming in, it was time to upgrade and grow. Brad built his first CNC plasma table in 1994 because the quality of machines on the market weren’t up to his standards. Local OEM’s learned of the cutting capability and HitchDoc’s Contract Manufacturing division began. That drive for high quality and machines is still in the felt on the production floor today.
Brad knew he needed to upgrade his space during the early 2000’s. In 2005, he built a new 50,000 sq.ft. facility and moved his 18 employees from the farm shop in Round Lake, MN to Jackson, MN. Growth exploded and an expansion of another 50,000sq. ft. was already needed in 2007.
When the Great Recession hit in 2008, the minds at HitchDoc did not slow down. In effort to keep all of the employees working, HitchDoc Management began adding product lines through acquisition and development. These product lines continue to be built during times of open capacity so employee lay-offs are never a thought for HitchDoc employees. It evens out the work flow and has kept the company stable during the ups and downs of contract manufacturing.
Today, HitchDoc is still family owned and Brad and his wife, Linda, have welcomed their children, Chad, Stacy, Tasha and their families, into the ISO certified operation. Constantly innovating and improving HitchDoc’s already high quality product lines, the Mohns family will continue to discover great OEM partners, diversify product offerings, improving capabilities and striving for success.
Serving over 10 industries with over 150 employees, 25 years’ experience and a 166,000sq. ft. facility, the values and quality policy have not changed. Having a facility and machines that are second to none, the employee team is extremely proud of the work they do with 100% American made materials. HitchDoc will always be dedicated to their employees and staying ahead of constantly advancing technologies.