Producing Home-Grown Truck Covers for More Than 25 Years
THE ANNUAL SEMA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS BRINGS MANUFACTURERS AND INDUSTRY INSIDERS TOGETHER TO MEET AND DISCUSS THE YEAR’S UPCOMING GOALS, PLANS AND OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME. Teamwork and partnerships form with nearly every conversation, which can make for a list of commitments that need to be fulfilled. Staying on top of these tasks is enough for a whole team to tackle, so when the fine crew at LTA Manufacturing emailed us an invitation to tour their American-made facility, we were able to mark one task off the list.
After packing some bags and catching a flight to the Midwest, I met up with our longtime photographer Jon Hansen for some pre-game planning. Typically, we would just ride over to the photoshoot together, but this time Jeff Lacina, director of marketing for LTA, offered to pick us up in his supercharged 700 hp Mustang GT. Unfortunately for Jon, this ‘stang had a roll cage where the back seat should be, so he had to follow us to the plant—or at least try to.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, LTA Manufacturing is one of the fastest growing manufacturers and marketers of recreational and commercial grade fiberglass truck covers and cargo management solutions for pickup trucks, vans and utility bodies. The company’s brands include ATC Truck Covers, Ranch Fiberglass, Jason Truck Caps and LoadMaster, which are all produced in two separate manufacturing facilities—one in Ottawa, Kansas, and the other in Elkhart, Indiana. To distribute its high-quality truck bed accessories, LTA offers products through its national dealer base with more than 500 locations across North America. Starting in 1994, LTA has been producing truck covers for over 25 years, and the crew there has mastered the science behind the success.
Operating in a state-of-the-art facility near Kansas City, Missouri, LTA can continue to develop some of the lightest, strongest truck caps and tonneau covers for the most modern and complicated trucks on the market today. Its facility is using the latest technologies to bring you a better product at a great price as well as being environmentally friendly. Green production practices also help produce a cleaner line of products while protecting our environment. Today, LTA brands are the No. 1 choice for fully customizable truck caps, tonneau covers, accessories, commercial caps and cargo management solutions.
Q & A
with Matt Blais, LTA Manufacturing’s VP of Sales & Marketing
ST Why should our readers consider buying ATC, Jason or Ranch truck caps and lids or LoadMaster bed systems?
LTA First of all our no-hassle policy states that if you’re not happy with your truck cover or other products, LTA Manufacturing and all of our brands are committed to resolving your issues. We have excellent customer service and a fair and liberal warranty policy. We are also proud to be an American-owned and American-based manufacturer devoted to the must uniquely American vehicle there is: the pickup truck!
ST What materials are used in the production of a truck cap?
LTA ATC Truck Covers are made with durable, fiberglass components that are stronger than other truck cap, truck lid or truck bed systems models made by others. All of our ATC, Jason and Ranch truck caps and lids are designed and made in our environmentally friendly plant just outside of Kansas City and in our Elkhart, Indiana, facility.
ST How long have you been producing truck covers?
LTA We’ve been building industry leading tonneau covers, truck caps, truck bed systems and truck cap accessories for a long time. ATC has been around since 1994. ATC Truck Covers is very active and committed to our industry. But our Jason and Ranch brands have been around since the early 1970s! You can see that, as a company, we are fully committed to the fiberglass truck top and lid industry.
ST Where can readers go see these truck covers?
LTA Only the country’s finest truck accessory shops carry ATC, Jason, Ranch truck caps and lids, LoadMaster Bed Systems and Truck Covers products. You have a complete network of dealer support at your fingertips when traveling or relocating. Use the dealer locator feature on our websites to find your nearest dealer.