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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

Powertrain industry profiles 2023

The following pages contain powertrain industry profiles, key people and product information from leading companies in the marketplace. These profiles serve as an introduction for companies participating in autumn trade shows. The companies include: Precision International, Raybestos Powertrain, Sonnax, Superior Transmission, Transtar and Transmission Parts Unlimited. Click or view the images below to see the

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

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

The Lincoln Highway leads to Las Vegas in The Road To AAPEX Season Two

Another automotive adventure is about to unfold as Babcox Media presents “The Road to AAPEX Season Two, The Lincoln Highway.” This year, the spotlight shines on the remarkable 2002 Lincoln Blackwood as it travels on a historic journey along the iconic Lincoln Highway – the first transcontinental highway in the United States, running coast-to-coast, designed

Tremec acquires EV systems provider Electric GT

Tremec, a subsidiary of KUO, has announced the acquisition of a provider of plug-and-play EV conversion systems, Electric GT, Inc. The company says that the acquisition will enable Tremec to strengthen its product offerings in the growing ICE-to-BEV vehicle conversion market. The newly branded company, Tremec – Electric GT, will be based out of Electric GT’s headquarters in Huntington Beach,

MEMA remanufacturing conference to take place in October

MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers announced that the 2023 Remanufacturing Annual Conference will take place on October 11-12, 2023, at the Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Headquarters in Atlanta. Hosted by MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers, this year’s conference “will bring together the remanufacturing community for two days of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and valuable insights into the role of remanufacturing in the

BendPak Industrial Complex under development in Alabama

BendPak, Inc. is developing a new Industrial Complex in Mobile County, Alabama. The complex will be located a couple miles from BendPak’s recently expanded East Coast campus, and will occupy 33 acres. BendPak Industrial Complex will feature several large multi-use buildings that will provide an optimal environment for light manufacturing and assembly; product development and

Sonnax appoints new company president

Sonnax Transmission Co. announced that vice president of operations Klynt Baker has been promoted to president. Baker joined Sonnax in 2018 to oversee manufacturing, engineering, quality, safety, facilities, maintenance, packaging automation and LEAN initiatives at the company’s Vermont and North Carolina locations. He succeeds outgoing president Steve Boyer. Sonnax says that Baker’s leadership and expertise

TCRA 2023 annual meeting in pictures

I’m not sure where all of the years went, but it was a quarter century ago that Corky and Carole Meyers turned an educational user group for their TCRS converter rebuilding equipment into an association of converter rebuilders: the Torque Converter Rebuilders Association (TCRA). The initial meetings of the association took place in Reno, NV

Vehicle average age hits record high

The average age of cars and light trucks in the U.S. has risen again this year to a new record of 12.5 years, according to the latest analysis from S&P Global Mobility. The growth is in line with the firm’s prediction from last year that constrained new vehicle sales would continue to impact and put