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Race Winning Brands Acquires MGP Connecting Rods


Race Winning Brands Inc. has acquired Giannone Performance Products Inc. dba MGP Connecting Rods.

MGP Connecting Rods manufactures high-performance aluminum connecting rods and represents the fifth add-on acquisition for Race Winning Brands. Race Winning Brands is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries LLC.

MGP Connecting Rods utilizes race-proven design engineering and CNC machining technology to offer designs and quality that surpass the needs of the most demanding engines and engine builders. Proprietary features, such as Cap Interlocking Serration and small end Hard Bore Technology, provide benefits proven to support the rigors of top tier racing, according to Race Winning Brands

“The company is set to reach full potential now as part of the Race Winning Brands family” said Darcell Giannone, the selling owner of MGP Connecting Rods. “I am excited to see the brand continue to grow and prosper in alignment with Michael’s vision for MGP.”

Bob Fox, Race Winning Brands’ president of Diamond Pistons and Trend Performance, will assume the role of president of MGP Connecting Rods.

“MGP is a leader in aluminum racing rods, technology, and manufacturing,” Fox said. “Our plan is to offer customers a high-quality connecting rod that is co-engineered to work perfectly with our pistons.”

Race Winning Brands CEO Brian Reese stated, “We continue pursuing our vision of leading racers to victory with the best engine parts in the market. MGP is a further investment in our expansion to adjacent categories.”

Race Winning Brands, headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, markets its products globally through a portfolio of brands including: JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Dart Machinery, Rekluse Motor Sports, Falicon Racing and ProX Racing Parts.

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