SEMA News—September 2020


By Douglas McColloch

Don Hellwig
During his tenure at Hellwig Products, Don Hellwig transformed the family business from a door-to-door operation to an internationally marketed brand.

Hellwig Founder Donald Hellwig Passes Away

Hellwig Suspension Products has announced the loss of one of its founders. Don Hellwig, who passed away June 3 at the age of 91, co-founded Hellwig Products in 1946 alongside his late father Rudy Hellwig.

Hellwig helped develop the company’s signature products, helper springs and sway bars, and during his tenure as president of Hellwig Products, he transitioned the company from a father-and-son door-to-door sales operation into a manufacturing company known throughout the world. Hellwig took the company to the inaugural SEMA Show at Dodger Stadium in 1967, and the company has attended every year since. His granddaughter, Melanie Hellwig White, who is president of Hellwig Products, currently serves on SEMA’s Board of Directors.

“He loved our customers and was dedicated to always improving our products to create a better experience for them,” said White. “We look forward to continuing his legacy of love for our customers and our team as well as innovation and passion for the automotive industry.”

Hellwig is survived by his wife of 69 years, three children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as countless extended family members, friends and colleagues.

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