Orange County Chopper Inspired By Industry
Wed, 11/19/2008 - 6:48am
The newest Orange County Chopper recently brought celebrity status to the process equipment industry with an innovative custom bike design inspired by plastics, pharmaceutical, chemical and food processing machinery. Created for Aaron Equipment Co. of Bensenville, IL, the latest custom bike from Orange County Choppers debuted nationally on the TLC hit series American Chopper on October 16. Aaron is an international buyer, seller and trader of used and reconditioned process equipment. Elements of heat exchangers, double-cone V blenders and sigma blade mixers were some of the more specific influences for the Aaron Chopper. The chopper's custom appearance includes a gas tank designed to look like a pressure vessel, and equipment-inspired looks for the exhaust, spokes and other bike components. The bright blue and orange of the Aaron logo make up the color scheme. "We hope to inspire innovation throughout our industry and industries we serve, from packaging to renewable fuels," says Michael Cohen, one of the owners of Aaron Equipment. "The Aaron Chopper is about beautiful functionality and highlights a range of equipment. We're glad to share its great detail through a complete set of images." Teaming up with Orange County Choppers' famous Teutul family—Paul Sr. and sons Paul Jr. and Mikey—came as a natural fit for Aaron, since both companies develop innovative solutions for their customers, and both are family-run. "Everyone at Aaron is passionate about what we do, just like everyone at Orange County Choppers. That's one of the main reasons we wanted to build a bike with them," says Cohen. The Teutuls drew inspiration for the bike by visiting Aaron's massive North American headquarters, which has more than 30 acres of used and reconditioned process equipment. Everything from centrifuges to plastic extruders and tanks is available, making up one of large inventory of process equipment in the industry. "Customers often come in and tell us that they're amazed at what they see. In centrifuges alone, we have more than a thousand pieces of equipment," says Cohen. From screw extruders for plastics to fermenters and complete renewable fuels plants, Aaron Equipment Co. provides process equipment and service to customers in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, chemical, plastics and other industries.