Southfield, Michigan, November 3, 2015 – Addressing the technical education and product support needs of automotive service professionals was one of the first “strategic initiatives” announced in 2014 by newly appointed Federal-Mogul Motorparts Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ninivaggi. In the past year, this initiative, known as “Tech First,” has reached critical mass through the launch and continued expansion of the company’s innovative Garage Gurus(TM) technical education network, its fleet of Web-connected “Gurus-On-The-Go” product technology vans as well as several other new resources now reaching thousands of North American automotive service locations. Federal-Mogul Motorparts is a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML).
“The central message behind Tech First is that Federal-Mogul Motorparts is willing to invest in the support automotive service professionals need to advance their careers and grow their businesses,” Ninivaggi said. “Vehicle service is a great career choice, particularly in an era of increasingly sophisticated onboard electronics and other advanced technologies. But to remain in step with these changes, you need a supplier that will have your back. We have the products, brands, people and technical support resources to be that trusted partner.”
At the core of the Tech First initiative is Motorparts’ growing network of state-of-the-art Garage Gurus technical education centers, which offer onsite, online and on-demand training for professionals of all skill levels. Garage Gurus centers are now in operation in eight U.S. markets – Atlanta; Baltimore; the Bronx, N.Y.; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Rancho Dominguez, Calif.; South Florida; and Van Nuys, Calif. Additional locations, including Boston, Houston and suburban Detroit, are scheduled to open in the coming months. Each training center is staffed by ASE-certified “Gurus,” many of whom are former automotive technicians. Courses are offered in English and Spanish.
In addition to courses available onsite and via www.FMgaragegurus.com, Garage Gurus offers “lunch-and-learn” training sessions and other on-demand education through its fleet of 25 product technology vans. Operated by ASE-certified technical product specialists, these vans are capable of reaching hundreds of repair locations each week. The company plans to expand the fleet to 35 vehicles in early 2016.
To learn more about the Tech First initiative and Garage Gurus technical education network, please contact your Federal-Mogul Motorparts supplier or Motorparts sales representative and visit www.FMgaragegurus.com.
Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML) is a leading global supplier of products and services to the world’s manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in the automotive, light, medium and heavy-duty commercial, marine, rail, aerospace, power generation and industrial markets. The company’s products and services enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.
Federal-Mogul operates two independent business divisions, each with a chief executive officer reporting to Federal-Mogul’s Board of Directors.
Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world’s most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, chassis, wipers and other vehicle components. The company’s aftermarket brands include ANCO® wiper blades; Champion® spark plugs, wipers and filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen® and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications.
Federal-Mogul was founded in Detroit in 1899 and maintains its worldwide headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. The company employs nearly 50,000 in 34 countries. For more information, please visit www.federalmogul.com.