Centric Parts is a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for everyday cars, work duty vehicles and high performance vehicles under the Centric, StopTech, C-Tek and Posi Quiet labels, among others. Centric continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned four patents along the way.
The company was founded in 2000 in Southern California and has enjoyed solid growth every year since. Today the company operates multiple warehouse and manufacturing facilities totaling over half-a-million square feet and exceeding 500 employees.
Centric’s executives bring with them extensive experience and insight. Dino Crescentini, CEO of Centric Parts, has several successful aftermarket companies under his belt as founder and senior executive - including Autospecialty and StopTech. He has also been a race car driver for the last three decades, scoring victories in several series, including the SCCA Pro Pirelli World Challenge Championships.
Dan Lelchuk, president of Centric Parts, has been part of the auto aftermarket business since 1976, holding positions with several import parts suppliers including Beck Arnley and Brembo as well as also having worked with Crescentini at Autospecialty.
Stephen Ruiz, Centric Parts’ Director of Engineering and a recognized industry expert, comes with over 20 years of brake and friction materials experience as well as race car design, engineering, and manufacturing.
The company is rounded out with skilled and seasoned experts from across the industry. This encompassing knowledge of the industry brought by the executive team is further expanded on through Centric’s dedication to research and development.
The company has one of the industry’s best programs for tracking and cataloging original equipment, and devising quality aftermarket and OE parts for consumers, mechanics and car makers.
Centric’s catalogs, a practical standard in the industry, now boast over 100,000 braking system parts supporting nearly every make and model of passenger car and medium duty truck manufactured since 1937. In the process, the company has earned a string of braking technology patents, has been repeatedly awarded by the Friction Materials Standards Institute for catalog and program excellence, and has earned the highly coveted TÜV approval on several big brake kits.
Originally focusing on replacement parts for everyday use, Centric parts has aggressively expanded into the performance market by acquiring StopTech in 2006 and Power Slot in 2007.
Centric Parts® is North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for passenger vehicles, light- and medium-duty trucks, and high performance and racing vehicles under the Centric®, C-Tek®, Posi Quiet® and StopTech® labels among others. With an unparalleled level of research and development in North America, Centric continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned four patents along the way. The company was founded in 2000 in Southern California and has enjoyed solid growth every year since. Originally focusing on replacement parts for everyday use, Centric Parts has aggressively expanded into OE, armored, racing and performance markets through its StopTech brand. Today the company operates multiple warehouse and manufacturing facilities totaling over 650,000 square feet and employing over 500 workers.
Industry, Calif. (February 4, 2014) – Centric Parts, North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems under the Centric, Posi Quiet, C-TEK and StopTech labels among others, has today announced the addition of 100,000 square feet of new warehouse and office space adjacent to its existing City of Industry facility. This brings Centric’s total square footage in Industry to 470,000, and to a combined 650,000 square feet between the company’s three Southern California facilities.
“As our product range continues to grow and we continue to add new applications for every product line we offer, we have decided to add another building to our City of Industry facility," said Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts. “This new warehouse allows us to house an even larger inventory of parts so we may continue providing the highest fill rate in the industry – and it provides the additional space required for our upcoming product line expansion.”
The new space expands Centric’s existing City of Industry campus, which handles sales and customer service, as well as shipping and receiving of finished goods within several adjacent structures. This expansion is just the latest for Centric Parts, which has continually grown over the fourteen years since it was founded in 2000. Other Centric Parts facilities in Southern California are responsible for research & development, engineering, manufacturing, cataloging and assembly duties for the award-winning range of Centric, Posi Quiet, C-Tek and StopTech products.
St. Augustine, Florida (March 16, 2013) - Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and clutch components and systems under the Centric, C-Tek, Posi Quiet and StopTech labels among others, has been named Branded Supplier of the Year by Automotive Parts Associates (APA) for the fifth time in a row and sixth time overall, extending Centric’s record-setting streak. The award was presented during APA’s 32nd Annual Shareholders’ and Manufacturers Conference in Florida on Saturday morning, March, 16, 2013.
“It’s an unbelievable honor to be recognized once again by APA,” said Centric Parts Vice President of Sales, Mike Musso (above right), who accepted the award from APA board member, Gene Bochinski (above left) of G&H Auto Parts in Oak Lawn, IL. “This relationship between Centric and APA has been a special one for Centric, and it makes us proud to see that our efforts are helping APA succeed as well. Centric has always striven to be the best - and it’s recognition like this that make us know we are succeeding in meeting our own high standards as well as those of our customers. A big thank you to APA for this honor.”
APA gives out this award annually to the company with the highest-quality sales force, efficient order fill process, great cataloging and quality products. As a supplier, Centric Parts has particularly been singled out for consistently being first-to-market with new model year parts, quick turnaround time and high fill rates on replenishment orders, new product categories and superior cataloging. This marks the sixth award in total and fifth in a row from APA for the 12 year old Centric Parts, which was also named Vendor of the Year in 2007.
(Industry, Calif. - June 2012) – Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for import and domestic cars as well as light and medium trucks in all driving situations, has once again been awarded a Friction Materials Standards Institute (FMSI) Award for contributions to the automotive industry. This is the tenth year in a row that Centric Parts has been honored by FMSI dating back to the award's inception in 2003.
Centric once again received the award for New Assignments & Applications in 2012, indicative of Centric’s ongoing status as the single largest contributor to identifying new applications for the FMSI system.
This year’s plaque was presented to Mario Figueroa on behalf of Centric Parts. Mario leads a group of researchers, engineers and technicians at Centric that is responsible for gathering and examining new model year vehicle components to identify carryover parts and to catalog new ones to be entered into the FMSI registry. This year alone the Centric Parts team was responsible for adding nearly 200 new numbers to the FMSI database.
“We are once again extremely grateful for this latest honor,” stated Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts. “Ten in a row is just amazing. FMSI’s continual recognition of Centric is a tribute to all of the hard work that Mario [Figueroa] and the rest of our team does every year in discovering and sharing new information that benefits the whole industry. We pride ourselves on being the first and the best, and this recognition by FMSI is a wonderful acknowledgement of our efforts.”
The Friction Materials Standards Institute, the organization behind the FMSI Award, was founded in 1948 to maintain a standardized part numbering system used by the automotive aftermarket friction industry, and to disseminate to its members scientific, engineering, technological, statistical, and other relevant information. The FMSI Award program was started ten years ago to recognize companies that excel in actively contributing information and research to support the system. Centric Parts has been identified as an industry leader every time.
StopTech Earns ISO/TS16949:2009 Certification
Certification of the performance brake manufacturer assures automotive customers that StopTech’s processes and products meet the industry's expectations and standards.
(Industry, Calif. - March 10, 2013) – StopTech®, the high performance and racing division of Centric Parts®, today announced that it has recently earned full ISO/TS 16949 certification, for the design and manufacture of automotive brake systems and components, expanding on the company’s commitment to providing the best high performance brakes in the world.
This is just the latest recognition for Centric Parts and its StopTech brand, which has already earned a string of braking technology patents, and has been repeatedly recognized by the Friction Materials Standards Institute for its substantial contribution to the development of new application references supporting the entire industry. In addition, Centric has garnered numerous industry and program distribution group awards for vendor of the year, best catalog, best website, best new products and more.
Stoptech engineers, manufactures and supplies a wide range of high performance brake components and systems for thousands of street car, armored vehicle and race car applications. Operating from a 71,000-sq-ft. facility and employing 100, StopTech supplies its brake components and systems to several OE manufacturers with both StopTech and private branding.
“With the ISO/TS16949 Quality Management System certification, Centric Parts’ StopTech division can now supply OEM vehicle assembly plants directly in a Tier 1 relationship,” said Greg Woo, Vice President of Performance Operations. “Virtually every car manufacturer around the world recognizes the ISO/TS16949 certificate, so this is a global validation of StopTech OEM brake system design, development and production capabilities.”
(LAS VEGAS, NV- October 30, 2012) – During the opening day of the aftermarket industry's annual AAPEX show in Las Vegas today, Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and clutch components and systems, received the Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product Award as well as the Best New Catalog of a Product Line for Import Cars or Trucks Award by the Auto International Association (AIA).
AIA, the import segment of AAIA, promotes trade in automotive products between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket. The AIA judges selected the new Centric Parts Posi Quiet with Hardware Included program as the Best Overall Import Aftermarket Product for 2012. The award was presented to Centric Parts President Dan Lelchuk, who also accepted the Best Catalog Award for the 2013 Centric Parts Brake Systems Catalog.
“We are honored that AIA has again recognized Centric Parts and our products,” said Lelchuk. “We have always been very proud of our Posi Quiet pads, and with the addition of complete application specific hardware kits in every box, we've made them an even better solution for technicians and consumers. And our catalog continues to deliver the industry's best and most comprehensive coverage out there.”
These are just the latest awards Centric Parts has earned from AIA. The Centric Parts family earned a pair of product awards from AIA at AAPEX in 2008 for Centric Parts’ CryoStop rotors as well as their Power Slot Power Alloy Enhanced Brake Rotors, which was named Best New Performance Product. In 2009, CentricParts.com won for best website and both Dino Crescentini, CEO of Centric Parts, and President Dan Lelchuk have personally been recognized for their contributions to the industry with Hall of Fame and Person of the Year awards respectively.
(Industry, Calif. - June 2012) - Centric Parts, a leading American manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake and clutch components and systems, has once again been honored for excellence in website design. After being honored for the company’s flagship CentricParts.com website, which underwent a thorough redesign in 2009, the company has now been honored for its ultra performance and racing brand website at StopTech.com. Graphic Design USA has chosen Ballistic Design’s StopTech.com website for a 2012 American Web Design Award, selected from a list of competitors that included thousands of the nation’s finest design firms and ad agencies.
The new StopTech website features an exciting new design, new content and new functionality, and is designed to help shop owners, technicians and consumers find the information they need as fast as possible. The latest StopTech website embodies the company’s reputation for technical and design innovation, and more closely aligns the site with that of its parent company, Centric Parts.
“CentricParts.com has long been the go-to site for the automotive aftermarket with its simple and intuitive design and state-of-the-art cataloging, and the same can now be said of the StopTech site,” explained Centric Parts President Dan Lelchuk. “The new site is more user-friendly, more up-to-date and more informative than ever before, with detailed product descriptions and high resolution images used throughout to help customers select the right product for the right application.”
“We’re honored by this award, which is shared with the entire team that helped bring this new site to life,” said Centric Parts VP of Sales for StopTech/Power Slot, Mark Cornwell. “…Howard Hsia, Greg Woo, Dan Wease, Jamie Sochin, Frank Filipponio, Erik Steinkamp, Danee Han, and others within the Centric Parts team I might have forgotten, along with all of the talented folks at Ballistic Designs – they really put together a world-class site that will help our customers find what they’re looking for and stay informed about brakes. It’s also encouraging to know that as we launch another new company website at PowerSlot.com - that mirrors the StopTech site - that we are already using an award-winning design.”
"It’s been a blast working with StopTech. They allowed us to use creative freedom to design a website that engages the consumer while still being truly functional in delivering the information users want. It really stands out from its competitors and focuses on the race enthusiast that wants quality performance products for their braking needs. It flies in the face of conventional usability and that's what makes this site really unique for the user experience," said Bill De Smet, Creative Director for Ballistic Designs.
Just like Centric’s new PowerSlot.com website, the StopTech.com Home Page features the latest company news and highlights the company’s latest products. The company’s social media, press releases and product images are available by selecting the Media Center tab. The Pictures and Documents section houses a variety of current and archived press releases and product photos that are all downloadable. Besides the exhaustive product pages, StopTech.com also features a Dealer Locator and a large selection of information to aid product selection, installation and maintenance. That includes a large database of technical white papers, a thorough FAQ page and a large glossary of braking terms on the Tech Support page.
For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. Their online design competition—the American Web Design Awards—is a celebration of the power of well-designed websites and online communications to attract audiences, disseminate ideas and information, generate response, and promote products, services and ideas.
(Industry, Calif. - October 25, 2012) Centric Parts today announced that it was named a recipient of a Toyota Quality Alliance (TQA) Gold Supplier Award for 2012. This award was presented to representatives of the company's StopTech brand during the annual Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Supplier Award Ceremony held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California on October 24, 2012.
The Gold Supplier Award is presented to top Toyota parts and accessories suppliers who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to product development, product quality, operational quality and product support.
During the ceremony, Toyota Accessory Purchasing Manager David James presented the award to Greg Woo, StopTech VP of Performance Operations.
In presenting the award James said, “StopTech is a supplier who has been with Toyota for over 6 years and continues to work with us to develop new and exciting products for the TRD and FSport programs.”
“We are honored to be recognized by Toyota,” said Woo, “As a technical partner of theirs for several years, we have had the great pleasure to work with Toyota on numerous projects and have strengthened that relationship year after year. This is a great testament to our whole team who work diligently to engineer and produce the highest quality OE and aftermarket brake solutions.”
Rhys Millen and Team RMR set NEW World Record at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb using StopTech brakes.
Nothing can describe what it takes to conquer America's Mountain. After a week of little air to breathe, early mornings and a Hyundai that did not skip a beat, Rhys Millen and team RMR set a new world record with a time of 9:46.164 at the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado - using StopTech brakes.
"With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed. Our car's balance remained the same from practice to race day using these Hankook F200 Tires this entire run. Even on a slick tire and torrential downpour in the last mile and a half, with the heat we were able to achieve in the tires the grip was still adequate and we were able to produce a new world record,” said Rhys Millen after Sundays victory from the summit.
2010 Le Mans Champion Romain Dumas and his Porsche 997 GT3-R were Millen's closest competition with Dumas completing the course in 9:46.181.This marks a back to back victory over Porsche factory supported drivers for RMR in the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
LAS VEGAS, NV - The Auto International Association (AIA) hosted its 13th annual awards luncheon on Wednesday afternoon at the Venetian Hotel, where more than 350 attendees helped to congratulate the winners of its prestigious AIA People Awards. Among the honorees in this 30th Anniversary celebration for AIA was Centric Parts President and co-founder, Dan Lelchuk, who was awarded the AIA Person of the Year Award, given to an individual in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the industry, and to the AIA in particular, over the prior 12 months.
Steve Bearden, AIA chairman, opened the program with welcome remarks, and provided an overview of AIA’s initiatives and its various programs and services, before naming the award winners. Joining Mr. Lelchuk in receiving an AIA People Award this year were:
In choosing Mr. Lelchuk for the Person of the Year, Bearden noted that Lelchuk was the passion driving the AIA’s actions in most of the issues facing the industry this year:
“It’s not uncommon for a board member to win the AIA Person of the Year, and this year follows that pattern.”
“In my opening remarks I mentioned the AIA’s fight against hub bearing duties, our strong disapproval of the Know Your Parts campaign and other legal battles we have waged this past year, and with his passion for free and fair trade and his belief that the industry should be responsible for its own products and should therefore be self-policing, it was only natural that we would ask Mr.Lelchuk to be on this year’s board. His passion for these issues had a huge impact on the AIA’s actions in these matters and he was therefore very deserving of this award.”
AIA Person of the Year Award: Dan Lelchuk, Centric Parts
Dan Lelchuk, president, Centric Parts, has been part of the aftermarket since 1976. He held positions with Beck/Arnley, Brembo and Autospecialty before co-founding Centric in 2000.
Starting as a very junior counterman and driver at age 16, Lelchuk worked at parts stores through high school and college. He joined Barry Breslow at International Parts Service in 1984. As the import aftermarket consolidated, he moved on to Beck/Arnley, Western Automotive Warehouse Distributors, Autospecialty and Brembo North America. In 2000, he teamed with Dino Crescentini as co-founder and president of Centric Parts.
Lelchuk has helped grow Centric Parts into one of the largest aftermarket brake manufacturers and suppliers. Centric’s catalogs, a practical standard in the industry, now boast more than 40,000 braking system parts supporting nearly every make and model from passenger cars to medium-duty trucks. The company has earned a string of braking technology patents, has been repeatedly recognized by the Friction Materials Standards Institute, AIA and multiple program distribution groups for catalog and program excellence, and has earned the highly coveted TÜV approval on several products.
The AIA mission is to provide a bridge between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket and to promote the unique qualities associated with the distribution of parts for import nameplate vehicles.
AIA’s government affairs group is tasked with:
Las Vegas (November 2010) – The new StopTech Big Brake Kit for the landmark Honda CR-Z has been named the Best Performance Product of 2010 by the Auto International Association (AIA), which promotes trade in automotive products between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket. The honor was announced at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
“What’s impressive about this product and the company, besides the quality, is how fast this came to market,” noted Martin Gold, AIA Awards Committee Chairman. “These guys are first to market every time.”
StopTech’s Honda CR-Z Big Brake Kit provides shorter stopping distances, better brake modulation, firmer pedal feel and less brake fade resulting in stronger, more reliable performance on and off the track. All StopTech Big Brake Kits for the Honda CR-Z come with a pair of front slotted or drilled floating directional 328x28AeroRotors paired with AeroHats featuring billet aluminum mounting brackets with stainless steel hubs, using patented technology to boost essential, performance-boosting, cooling airflow to the brake surfaces. Forged, high performance, patented, four-piston front calipers round out the kits with DOT-compliant stainless steel braided Teflon brake lines and StopTech Street Performance Brake Pads.
StopTech, the ultra-performance division of Centric Parts, is a leading innovator of world-class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. StopTech was the first to offer balanced brake upgrades for production cars and remains the worldwide leader with more than 700 platform offerings to dramatically improve overall braking performance.
NEW YORK (May 2010) – Centric Parts, a leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake components and systems for import and domestic cars as well as light and medium trucks in all driving situations, has been named Supplier of the Year by The Parts Authority.
"It is always gratifying when the Centric Parts philosophy of right part, right place, right time shines through and earns the company accolades," stated Dan Lelchuk, President of Centric Parts. "We value The Parts Authority as a partner in the automotive aftermarket business and look forward to providing continued award-winning customer service and support."
The honor was announced as part of The Parts Authority annual meeting and expo. This year the event was titled "2010 A Parts Odyssey" and gathered more than 5,000 attendees at Citi Field in New York.
Founded in 1973 as Clearway Automotive, The Parts Authority today offers hundreds of thousands of different parts, in more than 250,000 square feet of warehouse space, available at 15 locations around New York.
Centric Parts (www.centricparts.com) continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned five patents along the way, providing superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include Posi Quiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric’s ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric’s performance division, focuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.
LAS VEGAS (November 2009) – The Auto International Association (AIA) has inducted Dino Crescentini, CEO of Centric Parts, into the organization’s Hall of Fame at an event held during AAPEX in Las Vegas. The honor was bestowed upon Crescentini in recognition of an exceptional achievement and service to the Automotive Aftermarket and its people. Election to the Hall of Fame represents the highest honor bestowed by AIA, a segment of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association which promotes trade in automotive products between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket.
“It’s a real honor to have an organization like the AIA recognize my efforts, commitment and participation in the automotive aftermarket community,” stated Crescentini after being inducted at the AIA Awards at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas during AAPEX .
Introducing him as “The industry’s catalog and product guru,” Brian Cohn, the Chairman of AIA, praised Crescentini’s “outstanding accomplishments, creativity and integrity representing everything that is best about our industry.”
The AIA Hall of Fame award honors outstanding individuals in the import automotive industry who have enhanced the stature of, and significantly contributed to, the import industry segment and its overall growth and progress.
Crescentini founded Centric Parts, a Southern California company that includes StopTech and Power Slot, in 2000. The company has experienced solid growth every year since and now operates multiple warehouse and manufacturing facilities totaling nearly half-a-million square feet and exceeding 500 employees.
Centric Parts (www.centricparts.com) continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned four patents along the way, providing superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include Posi Quiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric’s ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric’s performance division, focuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.
Las Vegas (November 2009) – The new Centric Parts website launched earlier this year at www.centricparts.com has been awarded Best Website 2009 by the Auto International Association (AIA), which promotes trade in automotive products between the international automotive community and the North American aftermarket. "The best website, blowing the competition away this year, was truly a fine, fine work of art," stated Martin T. Gold, Chairman of the AIA Award Committee before revealing Centric Parts as the winner. The other nominees included Denso, Motorcar Parts of America, KYB, Fras-le and Beck/Arnley.
New and expanded features found at www.centricparts.com include online part ordering for distributors, a catalog lookup function with part identification images and buyers guide data, downloadable documents including tech guides and white papers, tickets for Centric Parts’ award winning tech support, plus product info, new part releases, and company news. The site also provides access to the company’s budding The Brake Room blog and YouTube channel, as well as links to visit the company’s StopTech and Power Slot divisions. The site even features a photo gallery with company logos, product shots, and images from events and races. While this was the first Best Web Site Presentation of a Product Line for Cars or Trucks award for the company, Centric Parts has earned other awards from AIA in prior years. The Centric Parts family earned a pair of product awards from AIA at AAPEX last year for Centric Parts’ CryoStop rotors as well as their Power Slot Power Alloy Enhanced Brake Rotors, which was named Best New Performance Product. Centric Parts (www.centricparts.com) continually innovates significant improvements to brake technology for the street and track, having earned four patents along the way, providing superior performance, quality and value. Centric Parts offerings include Posi Quiet premium Metallic, Ceramic and Extended Wear formulas, an OE product line, plus C-TEK standard grade materials. StopTech (www.stoptech.com), Centric’s ultra performance division, is a leading innovator of world class brake components and systems for production-based racing cars and high performance vehicles on the street and track. Power Slot (www.powerslot.com), Centric’s performance division, focuses on entry level brake upgrade solutions and pioneered direct fit performance rotors for trucks, SUVs and severe duty vehicles.
AIA – Best New Performance Product
The Auto International Association (AIA) segment of AAIA presented the 20th Annual AIA Industry Awards last week during AAPEX in Las Vegas. The awards recognize manufacturers and marketers for excellence in products and marketing programs for import cars and trucks.
AIA Awards Committee Chairman Marty Gold presented the following 2008 awards:
“New vehicle sales may be plunging,” said Gold. “But, thanks to the innovation, creativity, quality and overall value of the great aftermarket brands represented in these display cases, and throughout AAPEX itself, consumers can economically keep, maintain and repair their current vehicles for added years of enjoyment and value.”
The award recipients also were honored at the AIA Luncheon and Awards Program last week, attended by some 300 AIA members and guests.