Sumax Businesses Up For Sale

sumax1sumax2sumax33Kirk Van Scoten created his American dream- Sumax– just over 25 years ago.. Worked quite a bit with him and was always satisfied. The success of Sumax has allowed Kirk to retire and take on a new passion for himself and his grandchildren by writing a series of children’s books about motorcycling adventures. Because he has built this business from the ground up, he is very passionate about finding someone like himself who has a love for Harleys and a financial base to gradually take over Sumax.

Sumax is 3 businesses in one. 1st, Taylor Cable. Kirk started out by designing and master distributing Taylor spark plug wires and battery cables for the motorcycle aftermarket industry. They are now distributed in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Second, Powder coating. Five years later Kirk decided to expand Sumax and built his new environmentally friendly facility where he began his powder coating process. By becoming the first company to powder-coat just motorcycle parts led to his being known world wide for his company’s glass-like finish that won’t discolor from the sun or motor heat. Sumax is the only powder-coater that S&S will continue its warranty with. Eventually this brought him business from non-motorcycle, high profile companies such as Disney, MGM and NBC Studios. 3rd, Fiberglass — In 1995 Kirk began producing composite fiberglass fender and saddlebag construction. Sumax’s new closed mold process results in seamless saddlebag construction that is emission free. Sumax not only has its own line of composite glass products but manufactures them for several top names in the motorcycle industry, including Arlen Ness.

The Sumax facility is an 11,000-square-foot steel building located in an industrial park in New York State. This building is a clear span, with no posts anywhere inside for support. This allows you to continually change the interior as needed. All tooling and manufacturing equipment, office furniture, computers, Sumax Van 3 high-end custom motorcycles are included in the sale of the company.

Sumax is listed at $880,000. Kirk is willing to work out different price options with any interested buyer. Kirk wll also remain on board until the new owner feels comfortable running his or her new American Dream. More info at


7 Responses to “Sumax Businesses Up For Sale”

  1. 1 jatinder pal Sep 13th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Another business is out….as i can see it.

  2. 2 Boss Hawg Sep 13th, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Kirk has done some excellent work in the industry and is well respected amongst his peers.

    I wish him all the best with his books and hope he finds a buyer with the heart that he has to carry Sumax forward.

    Boss Hawg

  3. 3 Asa Sep 13th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    This is not another company out of business ,Its a man realizing the next level of his dream . He has a great business and plenty of work to do just from large corps alone . If anyone had the money and the heart to carry on a American dream this one would be a great oppunitunity. I hope someday to be able to leave my company when it is on the top like this one is . Thats the way you are supposed to do it guys .Not milk it for all its worth and hope somebody buys it that can revive it . Just my two cents worth . Ab

  4. 4 Jeff Nicklus Sep 13th, 2009 at 2:30 pm


    This company, when looking at the asking price alone, does not exactly reek of success. $880K is mere pennies of a sale price of even a small company Mom & Pop company let alone a company with a history such as Sumax. I would think that the “Sumax” name alone would be worth the asking price for the entire business ????? Obviously Sumax is located in a Lease Facility and one can only guess what the debt of the company is. Sounds to me like it is a sale of “Give me $880K and assume the debt and it is yours”. Whatever the case I wish them well in their sales efforts.

    Over & Out,


  5. 5 Joe D Sep 14th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I know Kirk personally and was at the facility recently. This business is in as good of shape as any out there in my opinion. They do great work and have many cool products. He is a mover and shaker and ready to do something else I would say. The kids are grown up and he and Linda are going to probably go for a ride on the bike, in his Corvette, or hang out at their pool.

  6. 6 motorcycle medic Sep 14th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    We personally know Kirk and Linda. We have built the blown bagger 25th anniversary bike for his company.We have done the v-twin expo with him as a vendor for our wide drive kit. Kirk is and has always been a fair man and a stand up businessman. I have not yet in my 12 years of doing only HD’S run into a more sincere and passionate man about what he has accomplished and wanting to still accomplish in OUR industry. I know personally that his next passion is for writing books to include his family in his next dream. I can only see this as NOT another bike business CLOSING…..I see this as an opportunity for someone else to hopefully fullfill there dream. I wish only the future owner the best of luck!

  7. 7 V-Twin Guru Feb 6th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I seen Kirk at the VTwin show this weekend. He was toteing around some young guy, introducing him to everyone. I assume this is the new owner, and hopefully he will breathe some life back into a that could use a facelift. This new guy seemed too smart to be taking over the debt of the company, so I think height have something up his sleeve.

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