FROM SHOP OWNER TO INVENTOR
Ryan Kemppainen started an ATV/sled shop in 2012. He ran the shop part time between construction jobs. At the same time he started a company called North End Recreation and began developing ATV tools that worked on as many different ATVS, side-by-sides, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes as possible.
That company became Off Track Tool Co. When a friend suggested Ryan go through the MTEC Smartzone program and pitch his idea – so he did.
After completing the first portion of the program and progressing from pencil and paper to experimental prototypes and a patent pending, Ryan began testing his standard series ball joint tool kit with the hopes of building more hardcore tools with multiple-company versatility. His goal was to progress – in a progressing motor sport industry with the idea of New. Better. Faster. Tools!
GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY
Ryan has always liked to ride dirt bikes, ATV’s, 3-wheelers, and snowmobiles. He loves the feeling he gets after a huge snow storm -- like he is the first person on a sled or board in the fresh powder. Everything is covered in white.
In the summer he and his two kids love to ride the various summer ATV vehicles – he enjoys the type of freedom that only comes when riding.
Ryan is an advocate of outdoor activity and believes that everyone should be able to quickly fix their all-terrain vehicles and get back outside to play.