Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Torrance, California, Edelbrock is a well-known industry name. Recently the legacy brand entered into a merger with the Comp Performance Group, although the two companies continue to operate as separate entities. Chris Douglas, Edelbrock Group chief commercial officer, described the company’s current product mix as evenly split between motorsports, the street and hot-rod scene, and the industrial segment. The company also sells through all channels, from mass merchandisers to direct-to-consumer e-commerce. Like other businesses, the manufacturer saw signs of uncertainty this past March, followed by hopeful indicators as the industry and consumers adapted to the obstacles imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The entire world was thrown a curveball called COVID-19 in 2020. In order to survive, businesses have had to adapt by using various techniques, including implementing social-distancing measures or going completely virtual. SEMA’s councils and networks are no exception. We spoke with leaders of each organization to find out what initiatives they are working on, what’s currently trending in their markets, and the challenges they face in navigating today’s new normal heading into 2021.
Last September, the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) announced that it had acquired PartsHub, a cloud-based product data management company that offers catalog management solutions designed to enhance a manufacturer’s ability to create and update industry-standardized product information, regardless of the manufacturer’s product data knowledge or expertise.