1. Duane Esslinger Passes at age 79
El Monte, CA
Duane Esslinger passed away on Friday, August 2, at the age of 79. According to a release from Esslinger engineering, he went peacefully without any pain or discomfort. He and his wife, Beth, had a wonderful time celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary the night before Duane quietly passed.
The press release went on to say, “Although we are extremely saddened by the loss of Duane, we are also thankful that we have had the opportunity to learn from him, work for him and be a friend to him. We are proud to carry on his legacy here at Esslinger Engineering, the company that he started 44 years ago. Duane Esslinger is, and always will remain, a legend in all our hearts. He has left us with stories that will be told forever.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Esslinger Family.
2. Speedway Motors Remembers Joyce Smith, “Mrs. Speedway”
The Speedway Motors family is mourning the loss of Joyce Smith, “Mrs. Speedway.” Joyce was co-founder of Speedway Motors; wife of “Speedy” Bill Smith; mother to Carson, Craig, Clay, and Jason Smith; and a great friend to an extended family of thousands of Speedway Motors employees, business associates, and customers. Joyce died August 4 after a courageous 34-month battle with cancer.
Through the decades, Joyce provided crucial support to all facets of the Speedway Motors business. “Every step, every minute, every day, she’s been right there with me,” said Speedy Bill in his biography, Fast Company. “I could not have reached this point without her. Even if I had made it this far, it wouldn’t have been near as much fun without her. Joyce was the glue that held everything together.”
3. QA1 Breaks Ground on Its Minnesota Facility Expansion
QA1, the leader in high-performance suspension components, broke ground on its 17,200 square-foot fabrication expansion project as employees gathered on the grounds to watch the groundbreaking ceremony.
The addition expands QA1’s Lakeville, Minnesota, manufacturing space to accommodate the company’s growth over the past couple of years. With this expansion, QA1 will have a total of more than 82,000 square-feet of distribution, welding, and manufacturing space, allowing QA1 to add to its long line of American-made products. QA1 plans to have production up and running in the new building by the end of the year.
“These are exciting times for QA1. This new building shows our commitment to growing our company, as well as our commitment to American-made products,” said Melissa Scoles, President of QA1.
4. Chip Wile President of Darlington Speedway
International Speedway Corporation officials announced that Chip Wile has been named President of Darlington Raceway. Wile left his position at the Motor Racing Network as Director of Business Development and will replace Chris Browning, who has resigned to pursue other career opportunities.
“We are excited to announce Chip Wile as President of Darlington Raceway,” stated John Saunders, ISC’s President. “He is a respected and seasoned motorsports executive and is well prepared to accept the leadership position at Darlington Raceway. We were fortunate to have such a high-caliber individual to transition into a strategic position within our organization. We congratulate Chip on his new position and look forward to his continued success within our organization.
“I would also like to thank Chris for his many years of service at Darlington. We wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
5. DEI now operating out of newly completed 12,000 square-foot facility
Avon Lake, OH
Recently Design Engineering Inc. (DEI), a market leader in the research and development of performance tuning and acoustic products, completed a new 12,000 square-foot warehouse addition with a goal to improve efficiencies for warehouse supply and delivery, R&D, and office management. With growing demand for all five product performance product lines—DEI, Boom Mat, Ny-Trex, Radiator Relief, and CryO2, DEI utilized available property adjacent to its headquarters to build a new facility. DEI is pleased to announce that all construction is complete and that DEI is fully operational in the new building.
The new warehouse more than doubles in size of the company’s prior warehouse space at their headquarters, located at 604 Moore Road, Avon Lake, Ohio. The 80¹ x 150¹ x 24-foot metal and steel beam building features new packaging workstations, all-new pallet racking, and the latest scales and packaging systems. The majority of the building is devoted to inventory processing with all raw materials and finished goods consolidated in one centralized large area for easy loading and unloading by pallet truck. The shipping and receiving area features new concrete loading docks with added loading zone space to maneuver for speedy distribution.
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