Industry News: Race Winning Brands Acquires MGP Connecting Rods – A Burly Brand Gets Stronger


Industry News: Race Winning Brands Acquires MGP Connecting Rods – A Burly Brand Gets Stronger

The week of the Performance Racing Industry show is always one that is packed with news and the guys at Race Winning Brands seem to have landed the first big blow. The company has announced that they acquired MGP connecting rods, a hardcore rod manufacturer that services customers in the racing industry. Their aluminum rids are  in a lot of killer drag race cars out there in the NHRA ranks and far beyond.

The list of companies under the Race Winning Brands flag is impressive. JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Dart Machinery, Rekluse Motorsports, Falicon Racing, and ProX Racing Parts.

MGP has been making rods for more than 20 years and they will continue with even more gusto now.

The only thing that RWB does not have under their umbrella now is a camshaft/valvetrain company and we know there is one in the industry that is being prepared for sale. Stay tuned.

RACE WINNING BRANDS ACQUIRES MGP CONNECTING RODS

MENTOR, Ohio (December 5, 2018) – Race Winning Brands, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of Giannone Performance Products, Inc. dba MGP Connecting Rods, a premium manufacturer of high-performance aluminum connecting rods. MGP represents the fifth add-on acquisition for Race Winning Brands.

Race Winning Brands is the leading manufacturer of high performance and racing related components sold to the automotive and powersports markets. RWB is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio and markets its products globally through a portfolio of leading brands, including JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Dart Machinery, Rekluse Motor Sports, Falicon Racing and ProX Racing Parts.

Founded in 1996, MGP has emerged as the premier manufacturer of aluminum connecting rods for the racing and high-performance markets. By utilizing race-proven design engineering and CNC machining technology, MGP offers designs and quality that surpass the needs of the most demanding engines and engine builders. Proprietary features, such as Cap Interlocking Serration and small end Hard Bore Technology, provide benefits proven to support the rigors of top tier racing.  “The company is set to reach full potential now as part of the Race Winning Brands family” said Darcell Giannone, owner and wife of founder Michael Giannone. “I am excited to see the brand continue to grow and prosper in alignment with Michael’s vision for MGP.”

Race Winning Brands CEO Brian Reese stated, “We continue pursuing our vision of leading racers to victory with the best engine parts in the market, MGP is further investment in our expansion to adjacent categories.”

Bob Fox, RWB’s President of Diamond Pistons and Trend Performance, will assume the role as President of MGP Connecting Rods. “MGP is a leader in aluminum racing rods, technology, and manufacturing,” said Fox. “Our plan is to offer customers a high-quality connecting rod that is co-engineered to work perfectly with our pistons.”

Pictured (left to right)

Bob Fox, Darcell Giannone, Anthony Giannone, Brian Reese

About Race Winning Brands …

Race Winning Brands (RWB) is the leading manufacturer of racing and high-performance parts sold to automotive and powersports markets. RWB is the preferred source for high-end pistons, engine blocks, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, connecting rods, crankshafts, clutches and other engine and driveline- related performance components. RWB markets its products through multiple prominent brands including JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Rekluse Motor Sports, Falicon Racing, MGP Connecting Rods, ProX Racing Parts, and Dart Machinery. RWB sells to a diverse and unmatched customer base of professional and sportsman racers, engine builders, enthusiasts, OEMs, automotive and powersports dealers and wholesale distributors. RWB is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio with sales offices and manufacturing operations in strategic locations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

For more information, please visit: racewinningbrands.com, jepistons.com, wiseco.com, diamondracing.net, trendperform.com, mgpconnectingrods.com, k1technologies.com, faliconcranks.com, pro-x.com, rekluse.com, and dartheads.com


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2 thoughts on “Industry News: Race Winning Brands Acquires MGP Connecting Rods – A Burly Brand Gets Stronger

  1. Loren

    Yeh me too…

    Lehmeesee… Giannone Performance Products, doing-business-as MGP Connecting Rods, an acquisition of Race Winning Brands, formerly Performance Motorsports International, now owned by Kinderhook Industries, w/ Dover Corporation still a minority owner, financed by a debt syndicate led by, well, four different companies and I’ll stop now. Not quite like when a guy named Edelbrock had a business named Edelbrock, huh. Well as long as there’s somebody in there somewhere making good engine parts for the money it’s all good.

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