Posted by:on June 26th, 2008
When you think of skateboard companies based in Texas, one word comes to mind. Zorlac…. oh wait. Did you know Nash had it’s manufacturing plant in Fort Worth Texas? I would have guessed China, if anything. In 2006 there was a fire at Nash Manufacturing that destroyed the facility. The cause was said to be under investigation, but nothing ever surfaced, at least not on the Interwebs™. I’m going to make a case for industrial espionage and sabotage, because Nash is a true industry innovator. Proof after the jump.
Nash Manufacturing: True Skateboard innovators.
This is the Nash Heat Zone skateboard, which ties in nicely with the whole fire theme. It’s beautiful. Click to believe.
Innovation #1: Built-in Saftey. Check out the graphic.
Notice anything unusual? Let’s zoom in. Operators manual printed on the board! “You must read the caution sticker prior to use!” Ralph Nader would be so proud. Even more so if the caution sticker said “Caution: This is not a real skateboard.” Unfortunately, the caution sticker on this particular board is illegible.
Innovation #2: Grip tape technologies. Click the pic to get a better look at that fancy die cut.
Except that’s not die cut grip tape at all. It appears as if they screen printed some glue on top of the deck and then dipped it grit.
Innovation #3: Plastic truck hangers.
Sure, companies like Gullwing had production magnesium trucks, G&S had stamped and formed aluminum hangers and Tracker even went as far as to use nylon baseplates, but nobody had the balls to make a completely plastic truck (axle excluded) until Nash. Now, some 12 years or more later, a company in Brazil called Up Trucks is making performance trucks out of urethane.
So what’s the word with Nash skateboards today? I can’t find any mention of the aftermath of the fire. After the Fire? Ask Der Kommisar. The web site seems dead past the front page. They make wakeboards and own the Hobie brand as well. I guess we’ll have to wait to learn.
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