Bobby Mace, Author at Transmission Digest
The transmission repair industry: Globally integrated

Listed here you will find those companies that responded to a recent questionnaire asking about product lines that are supplied or that are distributed beyond borders. Almost all powertrain aftermarket suppliers have international ties, but only those who responded are included here. Please note that if a company is not based in the U.S., their

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The powertrain aftermarket: Growing and global

For the past few decades, the powertrain aftermarket, much like OEMs, has come to acknowledge that the marketplace for both supply sources and product sales has expanded past borders to become truly global. Various segments of our industry will have different mixes of global component supply and global sales networks. Nothing exemplified the global dependency

Kitting keeps us profitable: Aftermarket kit suppliers listing 2024

The kitting of transmission parts has made profitable shop operation possible. When a kit with 100 parts is necessary, a distributor has already assembled all the important components into the kit and it is typically sitting on the shelf ready to be delivered. Kitting saves time and effort for both the shop and the supplying

Remembrance: Gene Lewis

Sadly, I report the passing of Gene Lewis on March 25 of this year. Gene was 97 at the time of his death. Gene was the force behind the growth of ATRA during his term as the association’s executive vice president in the 1980s. I worked closely with Gene in creating and producing the TransExpo

A part for every need: Hard parts supplier listing 2024

One of the earliest signs that an industry was forming was a transition to specialty transmission hard parts suppliers emerging from general salvage yards to create the efficient flow of those parts to every shop in the nation. As the automatic transmission became the dominant powertrain option from automakers, some salvage yards specialized in supplying

Back with force: ATSG is back in full swing to educate the transmission industry

“Everywhere you turned, there was something amazing. It’s probably the coolest man cave I’ve ever been in,” says Wayne Colonna who, as president, heads up the technical team at the Automatic Transmission Service Group (ATSG). Wayne is describing the host venue for his company’s inaugural 2024 seminar that was held at the John Force Racing

2024 State of the Powertrain Industry

The Transmission Digest Annual Survey of Retail Shops has served as benchmark and planning tool for the industry now for the past 38 years. Charts and tables in this study are based on a survey of subscribers that was conducted early this year.  Where differences are obvious, we separate the responses of transmission specialty shops

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Powertrain industry directory and buyer’s guide 2024

This is the latest in TD’s annual series of directories for the powertrain industry. Companies that supply products to the powertrain aftermarket are listed in alphabetical order. Because data changes frequently, only organizations that have updated information with Transmission Digest in the recent past are included. Every precaution has been taken in the preparation of these listings; however,

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Top 20 Tools and Products: The Winners

Transmission Digest readers voted during the past several weeks to select this year’s top products and tools from those nominated in our December issue. This year, rather than separate contests, voting was for a combined tool and equipment contest, with 20 winners rather than 10. Winning entries appear in the following images, but are in

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Outgrowing the walls: The story of EVT Transmission Parts

There’s an interesting business, one of our industry’s success stories, located in the greater Los Angeles area city of Compton, CA. Walter Quintanilla is the owner of EVT Transmission Parts, which supplies a full line of parts and supplies to rebuilders in the area and beyond. The company began as a Los Angeles transmission shop

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Fabricating frictions: Keeping ahead of the curve at Raybestos Powertrain

While the transmission aftermarket is well familiar with Raybestos Powertrain branded friction elements for transmissions and torque converters, most would be impressed to learn the science and efforts that go into creating the product lines. Transmission Digest recently did just that, visiting the manufacturing plant and tech center facilities of the company in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Al La Rocca passes away

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of longtime automatic transmission industry veteran Al La Rocca. He started his long career back in 1958 at Allomatic Industry as a plant manager, moving from there to Windsor Products in New Jersey as a production manager. Al continued his career at AJAC Transmission Parts

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