Oliver Racing Parts, manufacturers of connecting rods for motorsports and other high-performance vehicles, has hired veteran manufacturing engineer Kenneth Ondercin as vice president of operations.
Ondercin will oversee all production activities for Oliver Racing Parts—from design and engineering to manufacturing and quality assurance. He will also be responsible for implementing machinery and equipment upgrades over the next year to enable the company to increase production capacity and expand its lineup of aftermarket racing parts.
“Ken has run facilities large and small, from machine shops to highly precise aerospace operations,” said Joseph A. Moch, President and CEO of Oliver Racing Parts. “Having dealt with all aspects of CNC [computer numerical control] operations, he is well-suited to oversee our facility operations and infrastructure improvements.”
Ondercin has 45 years of manufacturing experience and joins Oliver from DE-STA-CO industries, where he was manufacturing engineering manager for their Charlevoix, Michigan, operation.
From 1999 to 2010, Ondercin was with Skilled Manufacturing, Inc. (SMI) of Traverse City, Mich., developing equipment to manufacture aerospace and automotive components. He worked with management, quality and production to achieve AS 9100 quality standard, and was in charge of the continuous improvement cost reduction programs for SMI.
He is married with two grown children and two grandchildren, and lives in Kewadin, Michigan.
In January, ACAT Global of Charlevoix, Michigan, which manufactures lightweight, efficient metallic catalytic converter substrates, purchased a significant stake in Oliver Racing Parts, including all of the company’s debt. ACAT is also investing in Oliver’s upcoming machinery and equipment upgrades.
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