Engine components company Dart Machinery, Troy, Mich., recently hosted a visiting congressman and has also formed an alliance with a marketing group.
U.S. Congressman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) visited Dart’s headquarters as part of a SEMA-sponsored program. The visit included a tour of and discussions addressing issues facing the performance aftermarket, according to a press release.
Several local SEMA business members were on location as well to take part in the tour and join the talks, which ranged from the future of U.S.-based manufacturing, to the automotive industry in Michigan, to alternative fuels and more. Peters expressed a keen interest in finding ways to support local manufacturing, the release noted.
“My focus in Congress is creating jobs, and I want to hear directly from small manufacturers in our area about what they need to grow and succeed as our economy recovers,” he said. “We’ve been working to get the auto industry back on track, and part of that effort is helping small, independent manufacturers continue to come out with innovative new products.”
Peters and Richard Maskin, Dart president and owner, discussed the investments the company has made in new machining technology and highly trained personnel, as well as extensive research and development efforts.
“Dart is a model of how manufacturing should work in the U.S.,” Peters added.
Meanwhile, Dart Machinery has also formed an alliance with the Michael A. Kunzman and Associates marketing group.
The Kunzman group is working with several major Dart distributors to coordinate marketing strategies and create mutual benefit through enhanced cooperation, according to a press release. The Kunzman group will also be representing Dart at shows and events.
The group has more than 40 years of experience working with major distributors, engine shops, OEMs, retailers and manufacturers, and has been honored as SEMA’s Manufacturer’s Rep of the Year four times.
Its area of operation includes Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and western Pennsylvania, the release noted.