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Leece-Neville at the Mid America Trucking Show 2015

“Mid-America Trucking Show 2015! Yes, Leece-Neville will be there in Louisville with all the great heavy duty alternators and starter motors we’re noted for. Plus, we’ll be showcasing our latest designs and innovations, and we’ll have our sales and technical representatives there to answer all your questions.

Join us in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center March 26th through the 28th. We’ll be waiting for you in booth number 18196. We’ll see you there!”

Prestolite / Leece-Neville Achieves ISO14001:2004 Certificate in US

Prestolite Electric Incorporated & Leece-Neville is pleased to announce that it has achieved certification to ISO 14001:2004 through its Environmental Management System (EMS). Prestolite has held the highest standards of quality management: ISO-9001 / TS-16949:2009 for over 6 years and Prestolite Electric’s recent ISO 14001 accreditation reinforces its commitment to continuous improvement.

Prestolite is committed to reducing our products' environmental impact and to be at the forefront with regards to legislation and market demands. ISO 14001 is an international recognized environmental standard that reassures our customers, suppliers and employees that we have provided an environmentally-friendly service and that we invest in the resources necessary to ensure a more sustainable future. This certification is especially important to our strategic business plan as we expand our efforts to compete in the worldwide marketplace.

Prestolite Electric Announces Sale of Global Business

Prestolite Electric LLC is pleased to announce the sale of its global business to Broad Ocean Motor and Ophoenix Capital Management (OCM). The transaction closed on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Broad Ocean MotorBroad Ocean Motor has acquired Prestolite Electric's China operations, and OCM has acquired Prestolite Electric’s rest-of-the-world operations, consisting mainly of the U.S. based parent company and Prestolite Electric's European subsidiary.Ophoenix Capital Management Broad Ocean Motor, OCM, and Prestolite Electric have formed a global alliance of the three companies. Prestolite Electric's global business will continue to function as it did prior to the transaction - as a closely coordinated and effective global business. The same global management team will continue coordinating Prestolite Electric’s global business as before.

Mr. Charles Lu, Chairman of Broad Ocean Motors said, "Broad Ocean has been serving its customers and growing its business over the past 20 years. Our customer base has expanded to the U.S. and today Broad Ocean has almost 50% of its global sales in North America. The Prestolite Electric acquisition allows us not only to strengthen our China business and add value for our shareholders, but allows us to expand globally and leverage Prestolite Electric's established and strong global presence. We are excited to execute on all of the advantages this global alliance will bring to our customers, suppliers, partners and employees."

Dr. Dazong Wang, Chairman of Ophoenix Capital Management commented, "I am very proud today. Ophoenix has been successful in marrying three strong global enterprises into an even stronger global alliance. As an investor in this acquisition, it is our goal to create value while providing high quality, innovative solutions for our customers, globally. Combining OCM, Prestolite Electric and Broad Ocean Motor together in a global alliance allows us to do this while improving our product portfolio, technical competency, and time to market."

Prestolite Electric's global President and CEO, Joe Lefave, says, "This is an important day in Prestolite Electric's 100+ years as a recognized brand. We are writing a new chapter in our history with our new global alliance with Broad Ocean Motor and Ophoenix Capital Management. Charles, Dazong, and I are completely aligned in our objectives. We look forward to providing even more innovative products and customized solutions to our highly regarded customer base. We intend to build on our reputation of being the best-in-the-world "solutions provider" to our customers. We believe this, combined with our strong customer service and focus, is what sets us apart from the competition. We want to thank our customers, suppliers, and our talented workforce for all the support through this process."

Broad Ocean Motor is a global supplier of high-tech, high quality motors to multiple segments including appliances, air handlers, vehicle electrification, and light duty alternators and starters for the transportation sector. Broad Ocean Motor was established in 1994.

OCM is a British Virgin Islands based advisory and investment firm specializing in mid-sized investment opportunities in the transportation sector and other industrial sectors around the globe with a strong China angle. The OCM winning investment formula – East/West synergy via cross border M&A coupled with China driven growth (organic plus acquisition) through a full cycle investment approach from deal origination, execution, to post-deal operation.

Prestolite Electric is a global supplier of alternators, starters, and new energy solutions for commercial truck, bus, off-road, military and electric vehicles. Over the past 100+ years, Prestolite Electric has established a reputation of world class customer service.


Mike Davis, Senior Technical Service Representative for Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) received an award and recognition from Paschall Truck Lines Inc. (PTL). He was named to PTL’s Maintenance Vendor Hall of Fame for 2011; consistently demonstrating traits of professionalism, technical expertise and continual support of PTL’s quest for excellence.

Working closely with PTL service technicians, Mike worked diligently to solve issues specific to the charging system, but not related to the heavy duty, high amperage alternators manufactured by Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) and specified on the PTL Navistar Class 8 trucks.

The system changes implemented by Mike and the PTL team generated a six figure cost savings, resulting in a significant bottom line improvement. PTL’s resolution to their problem is an illustration of the Prestolite focus on customer support, truly living up to PTL’s quest for excellence. The entire global Prestolite team congratulates Mike, an exemplary team member driven to exceed customer expectations.


Thomas Built BusThomas Built Bus awarded Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) the Gold Award at the Thomas Built Bus Supplier Conference which took place in Greensboro, NC on September 12-14 2011. Prestolite was one of fifteen suppliers to earn this honor out of the top 100 suppliers.

The categories scored were: warranty, purchasing, quality and logistics. Prestolite (Leece Neville) performed outstanding in all the categories, joining the other chosen suppliers supporting Thomas Bus’s manufacturing goals.

Prestolite (Leece Neville) was also one of four finalists in the Supplier of the Year.

Thomas Built Bus is one of North America's leading bus manufacturers, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company and the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America.

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Prestolite / Leece-Neville Buyers Guide 2011 now available for download!

2011 Buyers GuideAn updated 2011 version of our popular Buyers Guide is now available for download. The new version features additional information about the M105 starter motor and the AVI160 series of alternators.

One of the improved features of the guide is a reference showing all available clocking positions for each of the Titan 105 and Titan 125 starter motors (see page 45).

As always please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.


100 YearsPrestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing in the USA. Founded in 1911 as Electric Autolite, the company produced generators to power early day auto lamps. First OE customers were Studebaker, Packard and Indiana Buggy Works.

From the early 1920's through the 1960's the company had such firsts as: Low Maintenance Batteries, Resistor Spark Plugs, Solid State Ignition Systems and a Fully Submersible Ignition. The product range was expanded to include Starting Motors, Regulators, Wire and Cable Products.

Over the years following, a strategy was evolving to position Prestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) into a global manufacturer of starters and alternators. The 80's saw the acquisition of the Leece-Neville Sheller Corp. and Butec Limited, Leyland, England. In 1998 the Company added Lucas, expanding the manufacturing footprint to Argentina and South Africa. That same year the alternator division of Motorola, located in Arcade, New York was acquired. The latest center of excellence was formed in 2000: the joint venture in Beijing, China forming Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited.

Prestolite Electric's (Leece-Neville) Arcade facility, located in New York, is the last remaining high-volume manufacturer of starters and alternators located in the USA. "We are here for the long-term, supporting our military and our regional and multi-national customers. We are a key part of the strategies our customers have shared with us." said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

"One Voice, One Family, One Company" is our motto. Whether it is our manufacturing locations in the USA, China, Argentina or the UK, Prestolite strives to exceed our customer’s expectations. The silos we operated in are a thing of the past. We are truly a global organization, with the benefits passing through to our customers." added Joe Lefave, President and CEO of Prestolite Electric Inc.

Prestolite Leece-Neville North America Investing in the Future with It's Realignment Plan

filenamePrestolite Leece-Neville is undergoing major improvements in it's North American Division which are designed to launch the division to becoming an even stronger OE manufacturing facility. “Due to customer inputs and suggestions, we were able to identify key areas where we could make a much more positive impact,” said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

“We restructured North America into one Team,” says Tony, “with new leadership in our Arcade manufacturing facility.” Prestolite Leece-Neville’s production teams have always had a good reputation with customers for their efforts and experience, and with a new IDEA (Improved Development with Employee Assistance) program their suggestions have led to countless improvements in quality, production flow, safety and cost savings. To optimize sub-assembly process flow the Kanban material system has been implemented, resulting in better process flow and raw material allocations.

The entire facility is receiving an internal face-lift, with emphasis on cleaner, safer and more efficient assembly areas. SPC has become the driving force for quality throughout the plant and the Continuous Improvement efforts have kicked into a higher gear.

“There has been investment in new gauging and testing technologies” added Tony, “and a considerable amount of new equipment implementation to improve our present capabilities.” There’s even the addition of the Project Room for the disciplined project management teams. “We’re making major strides towards a best in class company that can truly respond to our customer’s growing needs.”