About The Owner
After first attending college, Azadi started working in the auto parts industry where he gained both valuable experience and insight into his field. After saving, Azadi acquired enough money to start his own business in 1992, which he named Omix-ADA.
“I wanted the company name to be something
After signing his first lease for a small warehouse, Azadi wasted no time in renovating the space, making it his own and preparing for a successful takeoff in his business.
“I bought some Jeep surplus parts and some top brand USA made products like Bendix, Federal Mogul, Morse, Wagner and Melling, and offered them to export customers overseas and Jeep retailers in the USA,” Azadi said. “I worked day and night convincing potential customers to give me a try.”
According to Azadi, his first break came from 4WD Hardware in Ohio.
“I got most of the listing for them, and asked for more, it all ended up working out in the end.”
“I wore many hats, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. “I knew that with some patience and discipline, I would accomplish my dream.”
Azadi was able to progressively grow his business every year, adding hundreds of new products annually and using the proceeds to invest back into the company. He has effectively transformed his humble beginnings to a 175,000 square ft. facility with over 90 full time employees and 10 percent of his workforce operating as engineers.
But with all that said, what is better than waking up each day and going to work and being able to see Jeeps from 1941 through today in all shapes and form? –I am a lucky man.-Al Azadi
About The Collection
After years of productively selling parts and accessories to the Jeep hobby through a dedicated network of distributors, Azadi realized that there was a need to preserve the Jeep legend. “There were many reasons to start the Jeep collection”, said Azadi. “Two were very important to me personally, one preserving the Jeep heritage, and second to have access to vehicles for continued product development.”
While preserving the Jeep heritage seems reasonable, many times trying to find original or near original vehicles is a time consuming task.
Luckily, a breakthrough came when Azadi found
a unique selection of historical vehicles available
from Mark Smith, the founder of Jeep Jamboree USA. It was there that Azadi found the three early prototypes all in one location—a rare occurrence.
After purchasing the initial vehicles it was only a matter of time before the collection grew.
From the beginning, a great deal of importance was placed on obtaining a number of Jeeps that were significant for either the Jeep brand or the off-road hobby.
Having access to vehicles for continued product development was the second driving force to bring the collection together.
Since Omix-ADA, the Jeep parts and
accessories manufacturing company that Azadi founded and currently owns, develops products for Jeeps from 1941 through current model years, having these models onsite inspires the Omix-team to develop more and more products.
For the newer models this was always easier as those were easily accessible from the dealers, but developing a replacement part for a 1956 CJ5 was a different challenge.
As the collection continues to grow, the engineering team at Omix-ADA will have plenty of opportunities to continuously develop more products for both classic and new Jeep vehicles.