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HornBlasters, Inc.

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HornBlasters, Inc.
The HornBlasters Shocker XL train horn
The HornBlasters Shocker XL train horn
The HornBlasters Shocker XL train horn
Type
Private
ISIN🆔
IndustryAftermarket automobile accessories
Founded 📆2003
Founder 👔Matthew Heller, CEO
Headquarters 🏙️Tampa, Florida
Area served 🗺️
Worldwide
Products 📟 Train horns, air horns, associated pneumatic and electronic hardware
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websitehttps://www.hornblasters.com/
📇 Address
📞 telephone

HornBlasters is an American manufacturing company that produces and sells aftermarket automobile accessories, including air-powered horns that replicate the sound of locomotive train horns. The company is based in Tampa, Florida and is best known for its horns’ volume and for its extensive social media presence.

About[edit]

HornBlasters was founded by Matthew Heller in 2003. Heller sold his first homemade air horn in 2002 and founded HornBlasters while working at a major retail hardware chain.[1] HornBlasters supplies hardware and parts in addition to their wide selection of horns, which range in price from $30 to $3,000 USD.[2] All HornBlasters horns have stainless-steel diaphragms and are tuned to specific notes, accurate to 1 Hz. Their loudest product, the Shocker XL, produces a 148-decibel sound.[3]

HornBlasters is a regular attendee at the annual Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the industry’s leading conference for aftermarket automobile accessories, as well as other shows including the Lone Star Throwdown, Daytona Truck Meet, and Orange Beach Invasion.[4]

The company was founded in Zephyrhills, and in June of 2020 moved to its current headquarters in Tampa, Florida.[5]

Notable users[edit]

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium uses a HornBlasters horn to announce when the Falcons score touchdowns, as well as to bring in fans for the beginning of games.[6][7]

Country music star Kane Brown installed a HornBlasters horn on his “dream truck” – a custom-built Ford Super Duty.[8]

Russell Holmes, host of the Discovery Channel show Garage Rehab, owns a custom Ram 1500 with a HornBlasters horn.[9]

NBA hall of famer Shaquille O'neal uses HornBlasters horns on multiple vehicles he owns.[10] O'neal also owned a giant fish tank created for him by the Animal Planet show, Tanked which featured a HornBlasters train horn inside the housing.[11]

Popular daytime talk show host & comedian Ellen Degeneres used a set of HornBlasters horns in a skit on her television show.[12] The skit involved attaching HornBlasters horns to a bicycle and honking it on the show's back-lot at passers by.

The Diesel Brothers, known for their popular show on the Discovery Channel gave away a heavily modified 2008 Chevy Duramax with a HornBlasters system installed. [13]

Awards[edit]

5x SEMA Global Media Award[14]

References[edit]

  1. "Sound and fury: Entrepreneur finds innovative ways to fend off attacks - Business Observer". Business Observer. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  2. "HornBlasters - Don't Blow Your Temper, Blow Your Horns!". HornBlasters.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  3. "Horn Test - DJD Labratories". Djdlabs.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. "Hornblasters- Don't Blow Your Temper, Blow Your Horns". Viaircorp.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. "HornBlasters brings train sounds to cars, and even a stadium". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  6. "Q&A on the News". Myajc.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. "Why the Falcons play a train horn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium". Thefalconswire.usatoday.com. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  8. "Kane Brown Goes Old-School With His Newest Truck Purchase". Countryrebel.com. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  9. "Celebrity Drive: Russell Holmes of "Garage Rehab"". Motortrend.com. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  10. "DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. on Instagram: "When i need a clear path in the streets, There is only one horn I use. @hornblasters and @mikebuseyshow for the best train horns. Thx"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  11. "Reveal: The Shaq Diesel Tank - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  12. "Honk Scares - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  13. "S2:E2 – HERCULES". DieselSellerz Blog. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  14. "Hundreds Honored With Global Media Awards - SEMA". Sema.org. Retrieved 21 February 2019.


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