History of Super-Bee Truck Accessories
Super-Bee Truck Accessories was started in 1993 by Brent Metzker. He was working as a service technician at a dealership in Wetaskiwin, Alberta and customizing vehicles in the evening, as he had done since he was a teenager. It got too busy in the evening and not busy enough at his "Day Job" so he quit and started his own business in a 1600 square foot shop in Wetaskiwin. During the first couple of years the main focus of the business was installing striping and graphics packages for dealerships. There were also a lot of common truck accessories sold and installed such as running boards and trailer hitches. Brent and his staff also did a lot of window tinting back in those days. The shop they were in only had one bay door even though they could fit 5 vehicles in it so if they needed to get one at the front out it meant that they might have to move four other vehicles to do so. One cold winter day after airing out the shop three times in an hour it was decided that a new shop was needed.
In 1995 they moved into a 5400 square foot facility with three bays, each with their own door. It also had a larger showroom area, a bay that could be dedicated to tinting and striping and it's own graphics department instead of having the plotter sitting in the accounting office. There was a mezzanine that was used for parts storage as well as being home to the lunch room. In late 1996 an arrangement was made to purchase the assets of a Red Deer company that had been distributing custom truck accessories. All of the assets and products were loaded up and moved to Wetaskiwin. Among the assets purchased was the toll free phone number of 800-661-8789. With that number routed to the regular phone lines things suddenly got much busier and our customer base expanded to be country-wide. Product was been brought in from USA vendors and sent out all across the country. New suppliers were found and the SEMA Show in Las Vegas became a regular event. In 2005 the first container of product was brought in from overseas, a shipment of 125 steel cowl induction hoods. When the overflow meant keeping 30 hoods in the lunch room it was time to start thinking about a bigger location once again.
In early 2006 they moved into the present location with 11,000 square feet. The 2000 square foot service area was slightly smaller than they used to have but the showroom and warehouse space was well worth the sacrifice. It was time for the focus to make a change in direction. The installation of striping and window tinting was no longer a priority and was dropped from the offerings. More product was imported from the USA, China and Taiwan and soon the showroom and warehouse were full. In 2008 a warehousing agreement was put in place allowing suspension lifts to be stocked. In 2012 an additional 3200 square feet was built allowing for more storage. The empty space that had been upstairs was converted into apartments and rented out to staff members. Nothing better than having on-site security.
As of 2019 they are still located at 4812 - 49 Ave in Wetaskiwin Alberta. Most of their products are imported from the USA and China and they have forged many new relationships both with suppliers and customers. They have expanded their online sales and now operate a retail website as well as a secure delaer site enabling their wholesale customers to purchase online. They also maintain multiple other websites that are products specific making it easier for customers to find and order the products that they need. Although the focus is still on the Canadian marketplace they do occasionally ship to the USA and overseas.