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Movers & Shakers: APC Automotive Technologies Appoints Tribby Warfield CEO and James McCoy COO

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APC Automotive Technologies Appoints Tribby Warfield CEO and James McCoy COO

APC Automotive Technologies LLC has announced the appointment of Tribby Warfield as its chief executive officer and James McCoy as its chief operating officer. The addition of these key senior executives further builds out the company’s leadership team following the merger of AP Emissions and Centric Parts in 2017. Warfield comes to APC with experience in the automotive and industrial markets. Previously, she served as the senior vice president of business development and strategy for Nitta Corp. with responsibilities spanning Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, she held dual roles as the senior vice president and general manager of Kaman Fluid Power and Kaman Automation. Prior to that, she worked for more than 25 years at Gates Corp., where she served multiple roles, including president of North American commercial, president of North American power transmission and 11 years in various positions leading Gates European’s operations, commercial sales and marketing groups.

McCoy brings more than 25 years of diversified experience, including lean manufacturing and automotive and industrial products to the APC Automotive Technologies management team. McCoy most recently worked for Forterra Inc. as a senior vice president of operations. Prior to that, he served in large-scale global executive-level positions at Pentair Corp., Tarkett Inc., Gates Corp. and Danaher Corp. In previous roles, he was responsible for multiple facilities and drove performance improvement in cost, quality and service level on a consistent basis.


CRP Automotive Launches New AAE Brand Identity

CRP Automotive has developed and launched a new brand identity campaign, including an updated logo, for its AAE Steering System Components brand. The new logo is part of a complete branding update for AAE products to further associate the brand as a part of the CRP Automotive family. The AAE logo redesign features the stylized, lower-case AAE acronym above the phrase “Steering Specialists.” The lowercase AAE is in line with the CRP Automotive brand, while the inclusion of “Steering Specialists” ensures customers clearly recognize the product group. In addition to the redesigned logo, the new brand identity also includes a full marketing toolkit that includes a wide variety of MarCom elements.

Icahn Automotive Brings National “Race to 2026” Technician Recruitment Initiative to Lincoln Technical Institute New Jersey Locations

Icahn Automotive Group LLC is opening five remodeled classrooms at Lincoln Technical Institute’s (Lincoln Tech) Mahwah and Union, New Jersey, campuses with designs that incorporate images of the service brands and feature inspiring messages and wall graphics, such as “Find the tools you need,” “Find your own path” and “Find out how far you can go.” These classrooms are a part of the larger, national “Race to 2026” program that was designed to invest in and support promising future automotive technicians. The initiative encourages more men and women to pursue viable careers in the skilled trades by partnering with technical training schools and offering scholarships, tuition reimbursement, apprenticeship and internship programs, job placement and continuing education opportunities. To celebrate the partnerships, Lincoln Tech automotive technology students Jeremy Pedersen (Union campus), Sebestian Tassey (Union), Frank Van Althuis (Mahwah campus) and Joseph Chin (Mahwah) were each presented with a $2,500 scholarship from Icahn Automotive.

Total Seal Piston Rings Co. Sold to Investment Group Led by Promus Equity Partners, Jon S. Vesely and Total Seal President Matt Hartford

Total Seal Piston Rings has been sold to an investment group led by Promus Equity Partners, Jon S. Vesely and Total Seal President Matt Hartford. The sale was finalized June 7, and released in a joint statement by Joey Moriarty, son of founder Joe Moriarty, Promus Equity Partners, Vesely and Hartford. Hartford served as vice president of the company since joining Total Seal in 1998, and is now the CEO and president. He previously was a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy.

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