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2013 European Product Poster

Prestolite Product PosterHot off the press!!

Our European Division have just released their new 2013 product poster.


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.


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.

TecDoc Certified Data Supplier

TecDoc Certified Data SupplierPrestolite Electric has been awarded the Certified Quality Data Supplier status by TecDoc, the leading supplier of electronic spare parts information for the European market.

We are thrilled to be a supplier to TecDoc, and will be included in the next electronic catalogue publication due out on 6 July, 2009. This has been a substantial international project for us, and reflects our continuing commitment to the European marketplace.

Prestolite Distributor Listing Now Integrated With Google Maps

Google Maps LogoFirst, let me say something that isn't said nearly often enough. Prestolite Electric has the best, most qualified, most knowledgeable and highly trained aftermarket distribution channel of any company in business today. Period. These are the folks on the front lines (you know who you are), the ones that have been crawling in, under and around the heavy trucks and equipment where you'll find our products. These are the guys and girls that keep the entire world moving, because just about everything you see around you on every single day was, in whole or in part, delivered or handled by one or more of these pieces of equipment. And I just want to say 'Thank you' to everyone out there that works so hard to keep these vehicles up and running.

One of the things we've struggled with over the years is a way to let consumers know where it is they can find this expertise. To address this we've been working hard to update and centralize the information about our distributors, and have now integrated that information with Google Maps on our main website.