Discovery Channel Features Ohio-Based Chopper Shop

Thu February 01, 2007 - National Edition

With Lincoln Electric serving as its official welding partner, Mentor, Ohio-based Leroy Thompson Choppers and Scott Webster, co-owner of the custom shop, which also builds its own frames, are competing on the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off” program in an episode scheduled to air in early February.

Each episode of “Biker Build-Off” pits two custom shops from different parts of the country against each other to showcase their skills, personalities and creativity as they build a custom bike. Leroy Choppers is competing against Stinger Custom Cycles of Cedar City, Utah. The show spent a week filming on site at the company’s Mentor shop in late November 2006.

“I could not be more excited about this opportunity. First, to show what Leroy Thompson Choppers has to offer, and secondly, to see and learn how a TV show works behind the scenes. The bike we built is so different than the typical bike you see on the series, yet it’s practical and rideable,” said Webster.

Webster uses a variety of Lincoln equipment on a daily basis and for the show, including a Precision TIG 225, Power MIG 225C and Procut 55 plasma cutter. The shop also uses Lincoln SuperArc L-56 MIG welding wire and auto-darkening helmets.

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