Our History

Custom Accessories started with one man’s vision of bringing value to the automotive accessories industry and his indomitable drive to succeed. Abe Matthew built and grew a company whose culture consists of hard work, integrity, loyalty, dedication to customer service and innovation. More than forty years later, still family owned and well into its third generation, Custom Accessories is now a multinational organization; developing, sourcing and distributing thousands of automotive products with a worldwide team conducting business according to Abe’s values.

Custom Accessories is the leader in the aftermarket automotive accessories marketplace. We are known for our extensive product line, leading product innovation, and unique packaging solutions focusing on the consumers’ needs. Our product line offering includes a complete line of interior and exterior accessories as well car maintenance products and tools. We are proud to feature our Goxt® 12 Volt Charging and Phone accessories as one of the emerging brands in the mobile accessory category. We have teamed up with Armor All®, PENZOIL®, and REALTREE® to offer an array of products that appeal our consumers that fit their lifestyle and product needs.

Our Corporate headquarters is located in Richmond, IL. Our modern 275,000 square foot office and distribution facility maintains a constant 98% fill rate, which remains one of the highest in our industry. Worldwide Custom Accessories maintains fully staffed offices not only in the United States, but in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, and throughout Asia. These offices are staffed with highly trained and experienced personnel with expertise in all aspects of product development, sourcing, manufacturing and shipping.

We serve a variety of automotive accessories retailers in the mass, drug, DIY, discount, hardware, and online categories in both our own brand as well as private label packaging.

1974

Custom Accessories is founded in 1974; selling inexpensive, yet high quality siphon pumps and gas lock caps during the gasoline shortage embargo that were in high demand, but in short supply.

1979

Custom Accessories moves to Lincolnwood, Illinois with an expanded 70,000 square foot warehouse.

1981

Custom Accessories is awarded a patent for the Rivet Pops which is a highly successful invention that allows for immediate installation of their splash guard line. This invention allows for no wheel removal when installing the very popular splash guards to vehicles.

1982

Custom Accessories opens its first Asian office in Hong Kong, closely followed by an office in Taipei, Taiwan. These offices were established to develop deeper relationships with our manufacturing partners, therefore providing superior products to our consumers.

1992

Custom Accessories opens its Shanghai office and expands its merchandising team to accommodate the company's growth.

1994

Custom Accessories relocates to Niles, Illinois with an expanded 160,000 square foot warehouse

1996

Custom Accessories acquires Sherrill Compass Company. Established in 1938, the Sherrill Compass Company Corporation is a leader in the automotive aftermarket compass category.

1998

Custom Accessories acquires Airguide Compass, a 40+ year old company with a recognized brand of compasses that car and boat enthusiasts love.

2000

Custom Accessories partners with PENNZOIL to offer a line of oil changing accessories for the home mechanic that likes to keep their vehicles running smoothly doing their routine maintenance at home. The PENNZOIL brand gives our consumers the confidence the tools they choose ensure that the repairs are done right.

2008

Goxt is launched in the mobile car accessories category. With innovative and unique patented designs, our mobile accessories meet our customers’ phone and tablet charging and holding needs with the knowledge they securely hold their smartphones or tablets and charge at the fastest speed possible.

2009

As Custom Accessories continues to grow, the company relocated to Richmond, Illinois, a northern suburb outside of Chicago, with an expanded 270,000 square foot warehouse.

2013

Custom Accessories partners with Armor All and Realtree with an expanded product line offering meeting consumers' expectations for both product performance and lifestyle needs.