SEMA News—March 2022

INDUSTRY NEWS

Truck HeroTruck Hero Inc. announced the appointment of Edward “Ted” W. McCormick as CFO. He joins the company’s senior leadership team and reports to William Reminder, president and CEO. McCormick will be responsible for leading all aspects of Truck Hero’s finance and IT organizations, with a focus on key strategic initiatives and functions to support the company’s growth objectives. He has more than 20 years of private and public company experience. Prior to joining Truck Hero, McCormick held CFO roles at The Bountiful Company and Roland Foods. Prior to that, he spent more than 16 years with Unilever, where he held senior finance positions in supply chain, the Pepsi/Lipton Partnership, Ben & Jerry’s and in the Unilever foods business.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) announced the expansion of its warehouse footprint with the addition of a 24,000-sq.-ft. facility located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. The new distribution and shipping hub will help accommodate the 50-plus SKUs of Hot Shot’s Secret products and LSI Chemical products developed and shipped in bulk for international sales.

VP RacingVP Racing Fuels Inc. commissioned Jim “JK” Kelly to author a book chronicling the company’s first 50 years in business, from 1975 to 2025. Kelly served in various capacities in his 30-plus years with VP, including regional manager and also as director of sales and marketing. While Kelly retired to write novels (six to date), he continued to work with the company as a marketing consultant. His most recent novel, Deadly Driver, is a fictional thriller about a Formula 1 driver who’s been forced to work for the CIA. That novel has received excellent reviews from world champion racers and the media.

Arnott, a provider of air suspension products for passenger vehicles, announced the acquisition of JRi Shocks, based in Mooresville, North Carolina. JRi Shocks will continue to serve its existing markets and customers but will now be better positioned to grow those markets even further while also expanding into new ones, according to Arnott. Customers should see no change in the day-to-day operations of the business.

Geoff BuxtonGeoff Buxton joined Wilwood Engineering’s team of field sales and support representatives. The team of experts spends weekends at tracks around the country for trackside brake system support. Originally from Australia, Buxton became a full-time resident of the United States following a stint with an Australian sprint car team. He later became a member of Randy Hannagan’s World of Outlaws crew until later working on IndyCar and Champ Car World Series teams. His résumé also includes time with the Andretti and A.J. Foyt racing teams.

Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) announced the expansion of its warehouse footprint with the addition of a 24,000-sq.-ft. facility located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. The new distribution and shipping hub will help accommodate the 50-plus SKUs of Hot Shot’s Secret products and LSI Chemical products developed and shipped in bulk for international sales.

Renee CacchilloRenee Cacchillo was named president and CEO of Safelife Group and also became a member of Belron’s global leadership team. Throughout her decade at Safelite, Cacchillo held roles in both the Safelite AutoGlass and Safelite Solutions business units, with a focus on customer experience. Cacchillo succeeds Tom Feeney, who served Safelite for 34 years and will assume a new role as executive chairman, Belron North America.

SuperSprings International (SSI) announced changes to its leadership team. SSI restructured to establish five defined business units led by a member of its new leadership team. The team includes Tom Bateman, director of marketing; Jeni Chen, director of operations; Justin Tevis, director of data and tech ops; and Ryan Dougan, controller. All members of the leadership team report to Chief Commercial Officer Adam Weisner, who reports to SSI Chairman and CEO Gerry Lamberti.

Armond GilmoreArmond Gilmore was promoted to media manager of Skyjacker Suspensions. Gilmore has worked with the company for five years, most recently as a graphic designer. As media manager, his responsibilities will be to build and manage the organization’s social-media profile and presence, promote additional projects to support new-product launches, monitor online and offline campaigns and report on results, and develop and produce content via social media, websites and other distribution channels.

SCAT Enterprises announced that it was acquired by Taglich Private Equity, which recently acquired Air Flow Research Heads, a manufacturer of cylinder heads and intake manifolds for the high-performance automotive aftermarket. The transaction includes the Procar by SCAT seating division. SCAT’s management team will remain in place along with SCAT’s production facility and employees, located at its headquarters in Redondo Beach, California. SCAT founder Tom Lieb will remain involved in the business going forward, and SCAT’s current COO, Craig Schenasi, will become CFO of the combined companies and an owner in the business.

MahleMahle Motorsport announced the addition of three new employees to the company’s staff headquarters in Fletcher, North Carolina. The three positions fulfill roles in sales, technical support and engineering design. Sales Administrator Adam Beddingfield (left) was hired along with engineers Brian Fair (center) and George Wright (right). All three employees report to Mahle Motorsport Product Manager Eric Grilliot. Beddingfield will provide technical product support, including answering questions about PowerPak shelf stock products, PowerPak Plus, custom-designed pistons and more. Motorsports Applications Engineer Fair is a recent graduate from Tennessee Tech University, while Wright is a recent graduate from Minnesota State University.

Total SealTotal Seal Piston Rings announced Victor Wise as its new director of quality. He will focus on day-to-day operations, working with management and manufacturing to ensure the highest-quality product ships to the customer on time, with the tightest tolerances possible. With more than 15 years of management involvement, Wise’s experience includes aerospace, automotive, semiconductor and commercial.

MW Industries completed two new acquisitions that expand its precision spring and fastener manufacturing capabilities. They include Fox Valley Spring Company (a supplier of springs, wire forms and flat springs) and Ideal Fasteners (a global manufacturer of threaded fasteners). These additions expand MW’s U.S.-based manufacturing locations and broaden its custom and stock component
capabilities.

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