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Movers & Shakers: Wilwood Hires Brian Cox as Media Relations Manager

Wilwood Engineering--the Camarillo, California-based designer and manufacturer ofBrian high-performance disc brakes and components--has appointed Brian Cox as its new media relations manager.

Cox joins the marketing/advertising team and will focus on new and long-standing relationships in automotive, truck, off-road and racing media. He will also help optimize and organize media ad buys, ad campaign creation and more.

With more than 25 years in automotive media and the aftermarket industry, Cox most recently served as the marketing manager at Vortech Superchargers in Oxnard, California. Prior experience includes positions at the MotorTrend Group as the associate publisher of HOT ROD, publisher of HOT ROD Deluxe and senior account executive for many magazine titles.

MAHLE Motorsport Hires Rob Kinnan as Marketing Manager

RobMAHLE Motorsport--the performance division of Fletcher, North Carolina-based MAHLE North America--has announced the addition of former HOT ROD Editor Rob Kinnan as the company's marketing manager.

Kinnan, recognized as one of the top content creators for the performance and racing industry, will be responsible for all marketing decisions for the division, including media buys, print and digital content, creative, sponsorships, budgets, PR and events.

Kinnan has also worked as the editor of MotorTrend Group's Mustang Monthly, among several other titles. He most recently served as the marketing director for ATI/ProCharger.

Brembo Opens Expansion of Escobedo Caliper Plant, Creates 500 Jobs

Brembo--the designer and producer of high-performance braking systems--has inaugurated its latest plant expansion in Escobedo, in Nuevo León, Mexico.

The expansion began in 2021 and represents a $207 million investment in Mexico. Company representatives state it will create 500 jobs in addition to the 1,100 associates employed since 2016. A ceremony held by Brembo North America President Stéphane Rolland was attended by Governor Samuel Garcia, the Italian Ambassador Luigi De Chiara and several Mexican authorities and institutional representatives.

Now fully operational, the 322,917-sq.-ft. Escobedo expansion is expected to double the facility's output, and also is expected to enhance all stages of the aluminum caliper production process, from foundry to manufacturing and assembly.

Speedvision Announces New Auto Build, Restoration TV Series Called 'Helping Hands Garage'

Speedvision--the Annapolis, Maryland-based auto entertainment network--has announced the greenlight of "Helping Hands Garage," an all-new automotive build and restoration series from Brenton Productions. The all-female core team features professional driver and builder Collete Davis and motorsports reporter and enthusiast Katie Osborne. Additional contribution comes from mechanic and stunt driver Bri Lynch. 

The series is currently in production and is slated for world premiere towards the end of 2023, only on Speedvision.