Roadwire began with the culmination of John Forrister’s lifetime of experience in automotive sales in the largest car market in the world: Los Angeles, CA. In 1969, he created the first company ever to provide customized interiors and accessories to car dealers, giving customers what they wanted at prices they could afford. He created Distinctive Industries (DI), which began producing and selling interiors for the beautiful muscle cars of the generation.
This tradition continues to this day with Distinctive Industries Specialty Division interiors, known by car clubs, collectors, and enthusiasts as the best reproductions on the market,utilizing the identical materials with which the originals were initially built, and manufactured in Los Angeles, CA.
Dwight Forrister followed in his father’s entrepreneurial footsteps by pioneering the industry further and founding Classic Soft Trim (CST). As automobiles began to change rapidly and come into the US market from other countries, Dwight leveraged the competencies of DI’s manufacturing capabilities to provide comfortable and stylish interiors for nearly every car.
When Japanese cars became popular, Dwight made sure CST was there to provide the interior appointments that consumers wanted, which Japanese factories were not producing. His vision that everyone wanted to ride the road of life in comfort and style led CST to become the largest manufacturer and installer of interiors in the world.
So much demand was generated for car dealers to customize their inventory, that rapid growth extended the CST presence across the country. As the largest automotive restyler skyrocketed to success, CST sold so many sunroofs that it made sense to purchase the largest sunroof manufacturer in the US, and so Inalfa Sunroofs joined the CST family. It was renamed Signature Sunroofs for the best selling product line, the Signature Series, and sunroofs continue to be made in Detroit and installed at all 26 company-owned CST locations.
With the presence of CST in dozens of markets nationwide,OEMs became interested in having their interiors crafted by the leaders in automotive customization. Roush, Shelby, and Magna were followed by Ford, Chrysler, and GM, as American companies sought the impeccable appointments CST built its reputation upon. Soon, Land Rover, Subaru, and Toyota followed suit in order to stay competitive with their American counterparts.
The automotive restyling industry invented by CST grew substantially, and local, independent trim shops became bombarded with requests from their customers for Classic Soft Trim interiors, as customers began demanding them by name.
Continuing two generations of entrepreneurial spirit, Roadwire was founded by Aaron Forrister to supply Classic Soft Trim’s precision-crafted leather interiors and accessories to other restyling professionals. Now, the Roadwire Authorized Installer Network represents over 10,000 shops, in every state in the US, and includes OEM partnerships with multiple manufacturers, creating over 100,000 completely satisfied customers annually.
Roadwire has transitioned from an automotive aftermarket manufacturer and wholesaler into an automotive technology innovation company.
Leveraging the lessons of his father and grandfather, Aaron Forrister has a vision of supplying the latest automotive technology integrations for global clientele. Beginning with myTop, the world’s first automatic convertible Jeep top for JK Wranglers, Roadwire has an opportunity to alleviate the dilemma of the hard top versus soft top conundrum that Jeep owners have faced for 70 years.
These and other new products coming soon are evidence of the growth and evolution of the family of companies, and will ensure a stable path to future success.