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Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginnings

In 2006, a 19-year-old Jared Alderson had a life-changing encounter with Dennis Anderson, the renowned driver of the Grave Digger monster truck. After waiting in line for half an hour to chat with Anderson, Alderson's passion for engines and trucks ignited. Impressed by Alderson's mechanical expertise and calm demeanor, Anderson offered him a job on the spot, which Alderson eagerly accepted.

For the next 11 years, Alderson worked with Anderson in the monster truck industry, learning about engines and building valuable connections. In 2017, fueled by his experiences and knowledge, Alderson founded Kill Devil Diesel. The company, located behind Digger's Dungeon in Poplar Branch, specializes in remanufacturing and producing components for diesel truck engines. With a dedicated team of 16 employees, Kill Devil Diesel operates from a 7,500 square-foot shop.

Becoming an Industry Powerhouse

Each year, the company remanufactures 200 to 300 engines, enhancing their durability, speed, and capacity, with power reaching up to 2,000 horsepower. These improvements enable trucks to excel in tasks such as pulling heavy weights or racing at high speeds. In 2019, Engine Builder Magazine recognized Kill Devil Diesel as the national builder of the year.

Alderson's journey began with the job offer from Anderson, who recognized his potential. Alderson's love for trucks and his background knowledge, gained from his grandfather, propelled him forward. Working for Anderson and learning from him, Alderson developed a deep understanding of motorsports entertainment and the importance of fan engagement.

While working for Anderson, Alderson joined a machine shop in Norfolk and continued to work weekends at Muddy Motorsports Park. Eventually, he landed a job at the Monster Jam shop behind Digger's Dungeon, owned by Feld Entertainment, which oversees Monster Jam, Disney on Ice, and Marvel Universe Live! Among other live shows. Grave Digger, one of the 70 trucks in the Monster Jam circuit, became Alderson's passion.

Inspired by his experiences, Alderson started working on diesel engines during his evenings. As the workload grew, he obtained Anderson's blessing to start his own business. Alderson, a married father of two, named his company Kill Devil Diesel after the proximity of Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks.

One of Kill Devil Diesel's standout products is its custom-designed aluminum cylinder heads. They offer a superior alternative to the commonly used iron heads, providing enhanced durability, lighter weight, and improved airflow. Notable customers, such as diesel racing champion Charlie Keeter, have benefited from Kill Devil Diesel's expertise. Keeter won the Diesel Power Challenge in 2016 and 2017 with an engine built by Alderson and his team.

Kill Devil Diesel's shop is divided into different workstations, each handling engines at different stages of completion. The engines undergo a meticulous process, starting with disassembly and thorough cleaning. Precise machining and the installation of high-performance components, including Kill Devil Diesel's exclusive aluminum cylinder heads, ensure optimal power enhancements. The company offers a wide range of engine parts and services, catering to Ford Powerstroke engines and other popular diesel engines like the Cummins and Duramax.

Kill Devil Diesel's reputation extends beyond its home state of North Carolina. Engine parts are shipped worldwide, and the company collaborates with around 300 dealers across the United States. Due to supply chain challenges, the lead time for a completed remanufactured engine is approximately six months.

Jared Alderson's journey from a young fan meeting Dennis Anderson to founding Kill Devil Diesel showcases his unwavering passion and dedication to the diesel industry. With a commitment to excellence and a drive for innovation, Kill Devil Diesel continues to revolutionize diesel truck engines, providing customers with high-performance solutions that deliver power and reliability.

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