What started off in a single makeshift bay, in the back lot of a commercial building, has grown into the most respected automotive customization shops in Arizona. Now spanning more than seven 7,000 square foot properties with more than 15 employees, we are excited to announce the launch of our second state-of-the-art location in Tempe, AZ. This second location will expand our operation even further to include four new paint booths, eleven new bays, and the largest Mustang dynamometer on the West Coast capable of measuring vehicle power up to 3,000 horsepower at 250 mph.
Founded in 2014, Apex Customs was bootstrapped by two scrappy entrepreneurs using a handful of credit cards, and consistently rolling the revenues of the business right back into growing the service offerings. It has grown into the only full-service one-stop automotive customization shop of its kind dedicated to providing car enthusiasts with every service they need under one roof. To date, Apex has never brought in a large investor or taken a bank loan to build the impressive operation that runs today.
With an emphasis on engine performance and custom paint and body, the new shop will also offer car wraps, custom lighting, car stereos, carbon fiber, window tinting, wheels and tires, performance suspension, paint protection, powder coating, vehicle electronics, car audio, liquid wraps, vinyl graphics, hydrographics, and upholstery.
“We are humbled by the support that Arizona has given us to continue to grow,” said Tyler Copenhaver-Heath, co-founder, president at Apex Customs. “Thanks to the support of the City of Phoenix, our loyal customer base, and our hard-working staff, we simply outgrew our operations in Phoenix. We’re looking forward to adding our energy to the Tempe market and economy.”
Copenhaver-Heath started Apex Customs with his co-founder Elliot Hutchens while attending school full-time at Arizona State while pursuing his Bachelors in Bio-Chemistry. While he didn’t set out to build one of the most respected automotive customization shops in the west coast, Copenhaver-Heath’s interactions with restoration shops and hard to find parts dealers quickly revealed an opportunity in the market.
“We’re never satisfied with mediocrity, which is why we already have plans in the works for additional shop and service expansion, extending our web presence with a global e-commerce platform, developing custom shop management software, and manufacturing new parts to bring to market,” said Hutchens.
With a lack of continuity between service at shops around the city and customer service a shockingly low priority for the shops he could find, Copenhaver-Heath sought to open a shop that would offer all the customization services you need with one central mission: putting the customers’ needs first.
“We plan to add an online store to our platform in the coming months, enabling us to sell all of our products directly to consumers who don’t live in the greater Phoenix region, said Copenhaver-Heath Additionally, we are currently developing an online forum for our customers to be able to open a dialog directly with our technicians and automotive experts. As automotive enthusiasts, we understand that customizing cars is a lifestyle that extends well beyond the day we install aftermarket products.”
With the roll out of several new service offerings, we plan to bring several jobs to the local market. From front office to the shop floor, candidates in the Tempe area can find open positions and apply on the website.
“Our vision is to build the largest and most successful shop in the country. We want to remake an industry that tends to put customers last by becoming advisers to their customization projects, helping them throughout the entire process without selling them on unnecessary services just to boost our profit. What gets us up in the morning is helping our customers turn their visions and dreams into reality.” Said Tyler.
Our new shop is located at: 1522 W Todd Drive Suite C104 in Tempe Arizona.
We invite everyone to come down to the new shop, check out our new Mustang Dyno and take a look around the new diggs!