The famous racing gas, oil and lubricant brand Klotz has been purchased by a similarly longstanding brand in the powersports market – Cometic Gaskets. Interestingly, Cometic is then bringing in a big shot from the Parts Unlimited/LeMans Corporation to run the new Klotz division within their company.
Here is the press release from Cometic and Klotz:
COMETIC GASKET ACQUIRES KLOTZ SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS
Brad Kruckenberg Named President of Iconic Lubrication Brand
CONCORD, Ohio – (January 25, 2021) – Cometic Gasket, a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the automotive, powersports, original equipment and remanufactured engine industries, announced today the acquisition of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., and founded by John C. Klotz Jr., in 1959, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants specializes in providing superior lubricants to racers, performance enthusiasts, and traditional end-users who won’t settle for anything less than the best available lubrication products on the market today.
For over 60 years, Klotz has proudly serviced the high-performance needs of the automotive, kart, marine, motorcycle, RC scale model, personal watercraft and snowmobile markets.
“Cometic Gasket is exceptionally proud to announce the acquisition of Klotz Synthetic Lubricants and to add one of the most recognizable and trusted lubricant brands in the industry to our portfolio,” said Cometic Founder and CEO Bob Gorman. “I’ve known John Klotz since I was a teenager and we’ve become far more than friends. John is one of the most genuine, passionate and caring individuals I’ve ever met, and he’s built this company from the ground up, with his own hands. Becoming the caretaker of a brand as rich in history and proud as Klotz is a humbling moment for the entire Cometic family. We’re grateful to the Klotz family for allowing us to lead this iconic company.”
Brad Kruckenberg, a powersports industry veteran who comes to Klotz from the LeMans Corporation with over 30 years of experience, will serve as president while Mr. Klotz has been named Chairman Emeritus and will continue serving in a leadership role.
Klotz will remain at its Fort Wayne headquarters, where all products are proudly engineered, formulated and packaged in its purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility.
“After sixty-plus years, it’s time to turn over the reigns,” stated Klotz. “The Gorman and Klotz families have been very close for many, many years. Bob and I have watched each other’s families grow and blossom. I think that’s a very important component of what makes this a good fit. Secondly, I’ve always been very impressed with how Cometic Gasket has grown over the years into perhaps the most reputable and nimble gasket company in the industry. They have the skills, the product knowledge and the resources to carry the Klotz name well into the future. I’m not going anywhere but it’s time to leave the heavy lifting to a team with a fresh set of eyes and great expectations. I know that Klotz is in the very best of hands.”
Kruckenberg, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, literally climbed the corporate ladder from the very bottom rung. The Wisconsin native began his career with the LeMans Corporation in 1987 as a part-time warehouse worker and forged a path over the next 33 years to become the General Manager of Moose Racing, Moose Utility Division, Z1R helmets and apparel and Arctiva snow clothing and accessories.
“Brad Kruckenberg’s resume and loyalty speak for themselves,” said Gorman. “I’ve known Brad going all the way back to the ‘80s. His business acumen is second to none and his experience in building some of the most visible brands within the LeMans’ portfolio is very impressive. Brad’s family values and his personality go hand-in-hand with our group. We’re pleased to announce his hiring and are very confident in his ability to lead Klotz Synthetic Lubricants into the future.”
“I am very excited and thankful for my new opportunity to lead this incredible team,” explained Kruckenberg. “The Klotz name has been associated with performance, quality and customer service since 1959. Our focus is to charge into 2021 aggressively and keep building on the already solid foundation Mr. Klotz has laid before us.”
About Klotz Synthetic Lubricants …
For over sixty years, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants has consistently met the needs of racers, performance enthusiasts and traditional end-users who won’t settle for anything less than the best available lubrication products on the market today. Mastering the science of synthetic lubrication is our first and highest priority. Klotz engineers utilize leading edge materials and components, develop original formulas, and employ the most precise integration processes available.
Racers and performance enthusiasts around the world rely on Klotz the get them to the checkered flag. Klotz proudly specializes in serving the high-performance needs of the automotive, kart, marine, motorcycle, RC scale model, SkiCraft® and snowmobile markets. Providing the highest quality and most reliable products to enhance your good times on the track, on the road, on the trails and in the water is our commitment to you.
About Cometic Gasket … Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of gaskets and engine sealing solutions for the automotive, powersports, original equipment (OE) and remanufactured engine industries. Cometic was founded in 1989 and has grown into a global leader and innovator in the highly competitive engine supplier marketplace. Housed in a 70,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing center in Concord, Ohio, Cometic Gasket is family owned and operated, offering over 90,000 SKUs, shipping gaskets and engine sealing solutions across the globe.