Manley Performance Founder Still Working 50 Years Later

Nov 13, 2015

It was 1966 and a young Hank Manley decided to depart his family’s OEM replacement valve business and embark on a career of his own manufacturing high performance products. Now, some 50 years later, the company has grown to become an internationally recognized manufacturer of premium internal engine components.

Valves, of course, are a mainstay of the company line- which now includes five different models of one-piece stainless steel valves plus titanium. Manley’s Platinum Series forged aluminum pistons are designed to provide premium features and quality at popular prices. And crankshafts are a fairly recent addition. Forged steel connecting rods and the NexTek® series of valve springs are other major attractions to the line.

In 1988 Manley Performance relocated to a new purpose- built facility in Lakewood, New Jersey. And over the years several major expansions have taken place; the latest just over a year ago. Manley also operates a West Coast distribution facility in Orange, California.

While Hank still plays an overall role in the firm, day-to-day management operations are in the hands of his son, vice president Trip Manley (who literally grew up in the company), General Manager Michael Tokarchik, and Manufacturing Manager Pete Coleman. A copy of the company’s big 194-page 50th anniversary catalog is available online at, or a printed hard copy and a T-shirt are $10. Remit to Manley Performance, 1960 Swarthmore Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701.