After his retirement from an extended career in Major League Baseball, Jason’s passion for a better light became more than just a garage hobby when he started the search for the best light option while building his Polaris Ranger.
When introduced to new innovative forward projecting LED technology, Jason realized this technology was a game changer in the offroad lighting industry. Everyone at the time thought the idea of a square and rectangular light would not fly. Despite the initial reactions of some around him, he began the challenge of building the company. In 2006, Jason turned his hobby into a business which later became Rigid Industries LED Lighting.
In 2008, two partners came aboard and the three of them purchased the LED light bar company outright and began JST Performance, Inc. Jason Christiansen, Taylor Anderson and Seth Anderson were all friends who shared the thrill of speed, passion and the need to kick up some dirt, and were now on a mission to make Rigid Industries a household name. In the early days you would see each of them building, packaging, selling and shipping the LED light bars. On any given day they did, and still do, have that hands on approach that ensures Rigid’s quality and designs stay a world leader in LED lighting technology.
Later In 2008, the partners brought in Steve Adams who has the extensive engineering background and who is an avid offroad enthusiast himself. With the love of the sport, all the partners went to the Sand Sport Super Show in Southern California and quickly realized they had something very, very special. The people at the event appreciated their new technology and began to understand it.
As the company grew, Jason, Taylor, Seth and Steve focused on manufacturing, distribution, and sales. To help accomplish these goals, they brought on a fifth partner, Dave Davis, who helped take Rigid Industries to a whole new level in the sales department and develop a worldwide distribution model and today distributes in 43 countries around the world.
In 2013, Rigid Industries added a second, much larger manufacturing plant in Gilbert, AZ and now has over 250 loyal employees. With the growth, Inc. Magazine recognized Rigid Industries as the 150th Fastest Growing Private Company in the entire United States for 2013 and 316th in 2014 and 1st in LED lighting manufacturing. Rigid Industries continues to be the solution in LED lighting and providing excellence in innovation well into the future.
In 2015, Rigid Industries announced its acquisition by Truck-Lite Co., LLC of Falconer, NY., a member of the PENSKE Corporation. Together, Rigid Industries and Truck-Lite will now offer the complete package of DOT, off-road and accessory LED lighting for not only on and off-road vehicular markets, but markets with the world over in a wide variety of heavy-duty and commercial vehicle categories.
Both Truck-Lite and Rigid Industries take pride that their products are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA. With Truck-Lite’s 59 years in existence, they have evolved and expanded their technology with headlights, safety lights, signal switches and emergency lighting. Rigid Industries has seen extremely fast paced growth as a leader in forward projecting lighting and it is approaching its 10th year in business. Total employment for the two companies is over 2,400. With customers already in 40 countries, both Truck-Lite and Rigid Industries look to expand their presence in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.