The annual SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) show is a week-long Christmas for automotive innovators, dealers, and buyers. This year was no exception with over 2,000 new products, 2,300 exhibitors and an estimated crowd of 130,000 filling over a million square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center. You could not leave without buying yourself an early present.
Even if you stayed the whole week it would have been nearly impossible to check out all the booths. SEMA had everything from drag racers to a 3D-printed car. But you might be disappointed if you did not have the chance to stop by Weigh Safe, winner of Best New Tools and Equipment last year. The new, improved hitch had auto parts and accessories store owners eager to get it on the shelves. Weigh Safe could revolutionize the trailer hitch industry with its built-in scale that measures tongue weight.
LEAP Innovations, the Utah-based manufacturer of Weigh Safe, signed up national dealers stretching as far as New York and Florida. That’s about as distant from Utah as you can get in the continental United States. But owners in Australia have also expressed interest.
During SEMA week, Weigh Safe Twitter followers doubled. We are still in the hundreds but remember we’re a hitch, not Beyoncé. And she has been to Vegas a few more times than us.