LIQUID WRENCH Pro Penetrant And Lubricant With LED-Powered FlashSight™ Technology Earns 2017 New Packaging Award

Indian Trail, NC, Oct. 31, 2017 - The all new LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology was presented with the award for Best New Packaging in the Innovation category at the 2017 New Product and Packaging Award ceremony, held at AAPEX 2017 in Las Vegas today.
“Our goal was to create a product that not only set the standard for performance within its category, but to make it simple and efficient for our customers to use,” said Marshal Livingstone, VP of marketing for RSC Chemical Solutions. “The response within the market has been excellent and we are proud to see the team recognized for their efforts.”
Winners in the Innovation category demonstrated both new ideas and the creative use of existing ones through design, materials or techniques and reflected important new marketing strategies. Winners of the 2017 Best New Packaging Award were chosen by representatives from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
For more than 25 years, the AAPEX show has been the premier global event representing the global aftermarket auto parts industry. In 2017, AAPEX will feature more than 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers.
A multiple award-winner this year, LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology has also received the 2017 Innovation Award from Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) and a bronze in the aerosol category of the Canmaker Magazine Cans of the Year awards. For more than 75 years, generations of tradesmen and DIYers have come to know and trust LIQUID WRENCH®.
This first-of-its-kind product features a built-in LED light located directly above the spray nozzle, enabling users to see where they spray and improving accuracy in low-light areas. This, combined with an innovative product formulation that delivers the power of a penetrating oil, able to cut through the toughest rust, grease and corrosion, and a long-lasting lubricant that reduces friction and wear, makes LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant a truly versatile tool for all trades.
Additional product attributes include:
• Locking on-and-off collar for convenient no-mess storage
• 2 spray options - with or without a straw
• Pro-grade anti-seize formula
• Safe on metal, painted surfaces, plastic and rubber
• Breaks down built-up rust and cuts through tough grease
• Corrosion protection on all metals including copper, brass & bronze
• Zero VOC
• Patent pending
LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology is available for $9.99 MSRP in 11 oz. cans.
For more than 75 years, LIQUID WRENCH® products have earned the trust of hard-working tradesmen through consistent, superior performance and a commitment to innovation. Formulas are designed for professional and DIY applications across many industries including automotive, heavy duty, industrial, MRO, outdoor power equipment and original equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit
With more than 1,600 customers in 81 countries around the globe, RSC Chemical Solutions, a division of Radiator Specialty Company, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Its 400,000-square-foot facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina is ISO 9001-2008 Certified and includes eight state-of-the-art production lines with an SAP Operating System. Today they make over 600 products under many well-known and well-respected brands including GUNK®, LIQUID WRENCH®, MOTOR MEDIC®, and TITESEAL®. Founded in 1924, RSC is headquartered at 600 Radiator Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. For more information visit

SEMA Announces New Product Award Winners

Las Vegas, NV, Oct 31, 2017 - The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced the Best New Products Award winners this morning at the 2017 SEMA Show. These awards are given to the most innovative and cutting-edge automotive aftermarket products that will be consumable in 2018.

SEMA’s annual New Product Awards competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the automotive specialty-equipment market at the SEMA Show. Products are judged in 16 award categories, and each category has one winner and two runners-up.

Nearly 3,000 products were entered into the 16 different Showcase categories to be considered for the SEMA New Product Awards this year. Winners were selected based on a variety of factors that included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability, and more.

The New Product Award Winners are:

Collision Repair & Refinish Product

Winner: ALLDATA LLC, ALLDATA Collision Advantage
Runner Up: MIG BUDDY / GeorgeB Design, MiG Buddy - Welding Gun Holder
Runner Up: Avery Dennison, Supreme Wrapping™ Film Metallic Series

Engineered New Product

Winner: Holley/MSD, Racepak Vantage CL1 Cloud Based Data Kit
Runner Up: OPTIMA Batteries, New OPTIMA® YELLOWTOP® in Group Sizes H6, H7
Runner Up: Holley/MSD, MSD Black Solid State Relay

Exterior Accessory Product

Winner: Westin Automotive, HDX LED Grille
Runner Up: Owens Products, Inc., Owens Products, Inc.
Runner Up: Owens Products, Inc., HornBlasters Katrina 544 Nightmare Horn Kit, 5 gallons, 150 psi

Interior Accessory Product

Winner: Switch-Pros by Off Road Engineering, SP9100 Switch Panel Power System
Runner Up: Speed Dawg Shift Knobs, Metal Flake Pinstriped Shift Knob by Von Hot Rod
Runner Up: Putco Inc., Jeep LED Dome Light

Merchandising Display

Winner: Lund International, Lund Truck Center V-Grid
Runner Up: Custom Autosound Manufacturing, THREE RADIO DISPLAY
Runner Up: Brandmotion, SummitView Multi-Camera Display

Mobile Electronics Product

Winner: Waylens Inc., Secure360 Automotive Security Camera
Runner Up: Rockford Fosgate, DSR1 8-Channel Interactive Signal Processor w/ Integrated iDatalink Maestro Module
Runner Up: Rockford Fosgate, TMS69BL14 Power Harley-Davidson® Rear Audio Kit (2014+)

Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product

Winner: Austin International Mfg Inc., 2 Ton big wheel jack
Runner Up: TITAN Fuel Tanks, TITAN Trail Trekker Transfer tANK
Runner Up: Savior Battery Cases, Savior Odyssey 34 Battery Case

Packaging Design

Winner: Liquid Armour Protective Coatings LLC, 9H Ceramic Coating Kit
Runner Up: Vision X Lighting, 4.7" CG2 7-LED LIGHT CANNON
Runner Up: Omix-ADA / Rugged Ridge, ELITE Tail Light Guards, Red

Performance-Racing Product

Winner: Holley/MSD, Racepak Vantage CL1 Cloud Based Data Kit
Runner Up: Penske Racing Shocks, Air Spring
Runner Up: Holley/MSD, QuickFuel EFI Fuel Pressure Regulator

Performance-Street Product

Winner: COMP Performance Group, COMP Cams® FSL™ Series Camshaft for GM L99 Engines
Runner Up: Flowmaster, B&M & Hurst, Flowmaster Delta Boost Module for Ford vehicles with 2.7L or 3.5L EcoBoost engine
Runner Up: Hotchkis Sport Suspension, Dodge B&E Body Geometry Corrected "On Car"
Adjustable Tubular Upper A-Arms

Powersports Product

Winner: Holley/MSD, MSD Black Solid State Relay
Runner Up: PowerBass, PowerBass
Runner Up: Advanced Accessory Concepts, Trigger "Volt" Bluetooth voltage monitor

Street Rod/Custom Car Product

Winner: Wilwood Disc Brakes, Tandem Brake and Hydraulic Clutch Pedal Kit
Runner Up: Classic Instruments, 1973-87 Chevy Truck Direct-Fit Instrument Cluster
Runner Up: RESTOMOD AIR, The INVent A/C Vent

Tire and Related Product

Winner: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Evolution HT
Runner Up: Continental Tire Extreme Experience, General AS-05
Runner Up: Continental Tire Extreme Experience, General G-Max RS

Tools & Equipment Product

Winner: EZ PULLEY, ez pulley
Runner Up: Huth Ben Pearson International, Huth Manual Rod Bender HMRB6017
Runner Up: Autolift Production, Smart Painting Table

Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product

Winner: Elongator Tailgates, Elongater Integrated Tailgate and Ramp System
Runner Up: TOPFIRE, Wrangler accessories
Runner Up: Putco Inc., Work Blade - 48”

Wheel and Related Product

Winner: Chariot Concepts / TruStack Tire Dolly, ValveStem Signpost
Runner Up: Voxx Wheels, Voxx Este Flip Cap
Runner Up: Concept One/Klutch Wheels, CSM02

About SEMA and the SEMA Show
The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at or, 909/396-0289.

The Original And Still The Best: Thermo-Tec Celebrates 30 Years Of Heat Insulation Innovation

SEMA Booth #23413
Greenwich, OH - When James White decided to build an off-road buggy out of an old motorcycle he had sitting in his Ohio garage, he had no idea the project would lead to creating one of the most recognized and respected companies, in the automotive aftermarket industry. After 30 years, Thermo-Tec has grown from a small operation, to an industry leader of heat insulation and sound deadening products.
But in 1987, White was simply looking for an answer to a problem. “My two toddler daughters would always be stealing my tools while I was working in the garage. I could envision them walking up and grabbing the hot exhaust,” White said. “After an extensive amount of research into ways on how to insulate the exhaust system, I discovered a company that manufactured a specialty material that they had obtained a patent on. They then agreed to make some test samples to my specifications.” After wrapping the exhaust with this new material, White was “totally amazed.”
“I could actually touch the exhaust while the engine was running!” He said. “I also understood the importance of exhaust flow as well as the technologies out there to try and retain the heat in the exhaust to maintain flow. All the expensive ceramic and high-tech coatings that had been on the market, could not even come close to performing the way this new wrap that I had developed, could.” White recognized the innovative material had a wide range of applications, especially within his favorite hobby, building race cars. He and his wife Donna, began Thermo-Tec in September of 1987, and never looked back.
Thermo-Tec now utilizes cutting-edge research, three decades of experience, and a continued dedication to innovation to provide quality products from its headquarters in Greenwich, Ohio. The company expanded to five different locations before building a facility in 2001 with more than three acres of land for expansion in the future.
“I attribute the growth of our company to our involvement with race teams from all over the world,” White said. “I have always raced throughout my life, so testing products and developing solutions for our own race cars, has always been a passion for me.”
“If you listen to the customer they will also be your guide to the development of bigger and better products for the future.” White added, “As a company, we have always been directly involved with a multitude of different types of racing from NASCAR to Formula One, NHRA… you name it, we’ve done it.”
Just as White understands the needs of customers, he recognizes the changes in the automotive aftermarket industry, both good and challenging. He cites the role the internet has played in the integrity of products and communication with customers. “When we started, the Internet was in its infancy. With the Internet, sales, marketing strategies, and even distribution have had to add this new tool to educate and communicate with the world,” White said.
“But at the same time, it has also created problems like counterfeiting, and the research and duplication of products. As manufacturers, we dedicate the resources to provide our customers with the best possible solutions by providing the highest quality, and in many cases, products that are overkill for their application. Happy customers are what built our business. Now many manufacturers find themselves being undermined by inferior quality and workmanship of imported counterfeit products. We are proud to be made in America.”
After 30 years, James and Donna White recently named a new CEO at Thermo-Tec. Fitting to the company’s beginnings, their daughter, Chrissy Gilmore, returned to Ohio as the new CEO of Thermo-Tec last year.
Thermo-Tec launches a new website this fall, with online ordering, added product information and tech videos. The company is also in development of a new heat insulating line to add to their extensive product roster.
Thermo-Tec will be at SEMA in booth #23413 and PRI in booth #1808.

American Powertrain Expands Distribution

Adds Original Parts Group, Inc. (OPGI) to Dealer Network
Now offers American Powertrain 5 and 6 speed transmission conversion kits for Chevrolet A Body Vehicles
Cookeville, TN, September 28, 2017 - American Powertrain, the world’s largest TREMEC dealer and manufacturer of muscle car transmission systems and related components, is pleased to announce that the company’s products are now available at Original Parts Group Inc. (OPGI). OPGI is the industry’s leading supplier and manufacturer of restoration and high performance parts for classic GM vehicles offering over 75,000 classic GM restoration and performance parts and accessories including transmission replacement parts. This agreement however is the first time that replacement transmissions will be available through OPGI.
Tony Giroux, OPGI New Products/High Performance Product Manager, says, “We are widely known for our comprehensive selection of GM restoration parts. In actuality, OPGI now offers many high-performance replacement products; though until now, never a transmission conversion kit. We have long noticed that 5-speed and 6-speed swaps are growing in popularity, especially for Chevelle, so the timing was right to investigate a conversion kit supplier that had the quality and depth of product we are looking for all our A and G Body vehicles. I’ve long been familiar with American Powertrain and this company fits our standards in product quality, ease of instruction and customer service.”
OPGI is now offering both 5 and 6-speed conversion kits for popular classics including the GTO, LeMans, Chevelle, El Camino, Cutlass, 4-4-2, Skylark, Monte Carlo, Regal and GS.
Currently, the 5 speed ProFit TKO transmission conversion kits for the GTO are featured in the company’s GTO free print catalog as well as being available online. Additional American Powertrain product offerings include the Hydramax T56 and Muncie/TKO hydraulic clutch kits and GM Bellhousing spacer.
Matt Graves, American Powertrain’s Marketing Manager, says, “OPGI is highly respected as the authority for restoration GM parts and is swiftly gearing up their high performance product line. We are very excited to add OPGI to our growing dealer network and have already experienced phenomenal success in the brief time they have come on board.”
Giroux adds, “American Powertrain is now in the GTO catalog because our largest catalog, the Chevrolet Chevelle, was already out to the public. This has been an excellent decision based on the feedback we have received to date from our customers.”
All OPGI catalogs are completely free and available by mail, phone (1-800-243-8355) or through the OPGI website at
For more information visit To speak with one of American Powertrain’s highly qualified technicians, call 931-646-4836. For weekend and holiday calls, a call back service is available at 423-773-9789.

Power Test And SuperFlow Join Forces

On September 20th, Power Test Inc., a dynamometer and custom test stand manufacturer, completed the transaction to acquire SuperFlow Technologies/Hicklin Engineering. Power Test CEO Alan Petelinsek will be working closely with former owner and now General Manager Scott Giles in Des Moines, IA, along with Division Manager Dave Arsenault in Colorado Springs, CO, to integrate best practices between the companies, share resources, and build upon the tremendous engineering and manufacturing synergies between these industry leaders. The combined dynamometer experience of these three men alone exceeds 120 years, and a multitude of economic cycles.
Power Test’s recipe for success …“We Make It Better; For our customers, our employees and the community” will be nationalized as the company expands operations to three locations, totaling more than 100 employees and 130,000 square feet. “Now with our combined strength, we can ensure continued job creation and exciting advancement opportunities for our people,” said Pat Koppa, Power Test President. “Our great employees are vital to fuel our growth and support our ever-increasing worldwide customer base.”
Power Test, of Sussex, WI was founded in 1976 and specializes in heavy duty engine and chassis dynamometers designed principally for the diesel-powered equipment industry. Power Test’s Engineered Solutions Division builds upon the company’s engineering, manufacturing and control expertise to provide custom test stands for the hydraulic component and power train industries.
In 2002, Power Test acquired Stuska Dynamometer, a 55 year old dynamometer company that specializes in the performance racing world. In 2006, Power Test also acquired Aidco transmission testing equipment and hydraulic tests stands, and has since expanded the business significantly. Aidco was founded in the early 1960’s as Go-Corp.
The current addition of SuperFlow Technologies adds several distinct product groups to the portfolio:
• Hicklin Inc., a 45 year old heavy duty transmission test stand innovator
• SuperFlow Dynamometers, a 45 year old industry leader in flow benches and engine and chassis dynamometers that include the DTS product line founded by Dave Arsenault
• Axiline Precision Products, a 60 year old automotive transmission test stand leader
• TCRS-Torque Converter Rebuild Systems, a 30 year old business specializing in automotive torque converter rebuilding and testing
The combined product groups of Power Test now span the spectrum from single cylinder gas engine- powered vehicles and equipment through diesel- and gaseous-fueled equipment, vehicles, and vessels producing up to 10,000 horsepower. The combined competencies include water brake, eddy current, hydrostatic and AC resistive and regenerative systems. Each of these business units have vast experience in supplying and supporting their products to a global market.
“This is an exciting time for the industry as we boomers figure out how to transition our businesses and families through the next generations, and continue to provide these vital products to the market. We have been very blessed with dedicated and enthusiastic employees to make this transition possible,” says Alan Petelinsek. Petelinsek succeeded his father and Power Test’s founder John Petelinsek as president in 1999. He appointed Power Test’s current president, Pat Koppa, in 2013.