Bobby Mace, Author at Transmission Digest
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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Manual transmissions in 2023: Some are still sticking with it

Over the past 25 years, a combination of driver preference and fuel economy requirements have resulted in a marked decrease in the number of vehicles in the U.S. fleet that come equipped with a manual transmission. One can wax nostalgic for the “car guy” discussions from 40 or 50 years ago that included terms like

HECAT to cease operations

HECAT, Inc., manufacturer of a line of transmission flushing machines, announced last week that it will be ceasing operation at the end of the year. The company has been supplying cooler line flushers for more than 40 years. HECAT President Karl Matis said: “Due to many unpresented and volatile market changes beyond our control, HECAT,

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Two industry friends have passed

With sorrow, we report that former longtime Lubegard sales manager Ken Thomas, 76, passed away from a heart attack on Oct. 5. Ken created friendships and business relations over many years at Lubegard during which he seemingly attended every weekend seminar, distributor open house and industry trade show. Ken (pictured above) will be remembered as

ETE Reman: Ever expanding

With a history and reputation dating back to the 1980s, growth is a continuous pattern at Milwaukee’s ETE Reman. CEO Noah Rickun says that ETE is ready to meet the ever-expanding demand for remanufactured transmissions. He points to a combination of available capital to invest in the facilities, equipment, technical capabilities, and the well-trained workforce

Precision International founder Dennis Marshall passes

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of transmission industry pioneer Dennis Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 1. Marshall was the founder of kit packaging company Precision International, which is approaching its 50th year in the industry. Marshall’s involvement in the transmission aftermarket began in 1957 when he worked for Allomatic’s founder Beno

New drivetrain venture, Standard Drivetrain, formed

Pure Drivetrain Solutions, led by Chris Miller, and Boninfante Friction, Inc., led by Rob Boninfante, have joined forces on a new drivetrain joint venture, named Standard Drivetrain, LLC. The new company will be led by industry veteran Michael Cargill as chief executive officer. Standard Drivetrain will focus on the advancement of technology and manufacturing for

Company profile: Precision International marks 50 years

Most certainly one of the pioneers of the transmission aftermarket, Precision International founder and CEO Dennis Marshall recalls the formative days of his company, and for that matter, the industry we know today. Precision International is soon to celebrate a legacy of 50 years serving the powertrain aftermarket. The company opened for business as Manufacturing

Transmission industry equipment listings 2023

Below, find Transmission Digest‘s roundup of equipment suppliers for the transmission industry for 2023. The type of equipment, as well as whether the company manufactures, distributes or both is noted. Active companies in the TD database have provided the information contained in the following listing. Every effort has been made to accurately portray the data

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