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Just to play devils advocate here...........Everybody blames these big Corporations for ruining everything but no one places any blame on these companies for selling out to them. Not like they're putting a gun to their head and making them sell.

To me the biggest problem when all of these small companies get bought up and placed under one big cooperate umbrella is that it kills competition and in turn innovation.
You're not playing the devils advocate, that's just seeing it from the other perspective. Which is a good trait.

But hey, as long as the owners are successful.... right?
 

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People who have owned a small business for a long time eventually want to retire. They often don't have huge 401K's, and count on what they get for the business for as a major part of their retirement... especially if they don't have a kid who is fully immersed in the business as an active partner.
We're talking big becoming even bigger. The big boys league where making money is everything. Short term or long term doesnt matter, they jump from buy to sell all day every day. The step from small to being bought by a slightly bigger company is usually a good thing, the next step is where shit hits the fan because that's where the big suits come into play. We all know what matters to them.
 

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......Or maybe Comp, Edelbrock saw writing on the wall, specifically the word 'electric' & are getting out while the going is good...

IC engines probably another 10-20 yrs before electric takes over & only limited interest in new IC engine parts.
 

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......Or maybe Comp, Edelbrock saw writing on the wall, specifically the word 'electric' & are getting out while the going is good...

IC engines probably another 10-20 yrs before electric takes over & only limited interest in new IC engine parts.
It just isnt IC that is going away. The car culture is dying fast, the young kids dont car about cars anymore.
 

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......Or maybe Comp, Edelbrock saw writing on the wall, specifically the word 'electric' & are getting out while the going is good...

IC engines probably another 10-20 yrs before electric takes over & only limited interest in new IC engine parts.
It will be a hell of a lot longer then 20 years. The U.S. electric power grid can't handle everyone switching to electric cars. Heck, CA's grid can't handle it, when a lot of people turn on their AC in the summer. Upgrading the electric grid will take decades, and a lot of money. It'll also kill the government's golden goose, fuel tax.
 

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What I hear may be the plan, is that the Private Equity Firm is looking at starting a direct-to-consumer internet business to sell all these products. Basically, an Amazon for Automotive Performance, but actually own all aspects of it. If this is true, this will really hurt companies like Jegs.
 

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What I hear may be the plan, is that the Private Equity Firm is looking at starting a direct-to-consumer internet business to sell all these products. Basically, an Amazon for Automotive Performance, but actually own all aspects of it. If this is true, this will really hurt companies like Jegs.
You must be frothing at the mouth lol
 

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It will be a hell of a lot longer then 20 years. The U.S. electric power grid can't handle everyone switching to electric cars. Heck, CA's grid can't handle it, when a lot of people turn on their AC in the summer. Upgrading the electric grid will take decades, and a lot of money. It'll also kill the government's golden goose, fuel tax.
Oh don't worry, they will come up with an electrical consumption tax. Govt. money grubbers.
 

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What I hear may be the plan, is that the Private Equity Firm is looking at starting a direct-to-consumer internet business to sell all these products. Basically, an Amazon for Automotive Performance, but actually own all aspects of it. If this is true, this will really hurt companies like Jegs.
What I hear is they will repackage for resale. If that's their game,m they're going to be disappointed.
 

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A lot of those companies are already running a direct to consumer line now.
Should probably have done it years ago in some cases.
Summit and Jegs tend to cherry pick the lines they cover, and won't promote or list slow moving stuff or line extensions.
Made it almost impossible to get them to carry secondary parts or new items when I was at F-M, they just wanted to football the pricing on fast moving stuff.
 

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You must be frothing at the mouth lol
Actually, no.
We're running at full capacity now, and it's extremely hard to find skilled labor to run manual cam grinders. True machinists are a dying breed. Thanks to CNC machines, we've got a bunch of people who are parts loaders and unloaders, with zero feel or skill.
 

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Actually, no.
We're running at full capacity now, and it's extremely hard to find skilled labor to run manual cam grinders. True machinists are a dying breed. Thanks to CNC machines, we've got a bunch of people who are parts loaders and unloaders, with zero feel or skill.
Amen to that Mike. I have a horrible time finding skilled manual machinists. Lots of button pushers, very few machinists.
 

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Amen to that Mike. I have a horrible time finding skilled manual machinists. Lots of button pushers, very few machinists.
I had one and three-quarters that could do anything with any elegance at all.

The best one had a heart attack and passed on going down the track at Irwindale.
 

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......Or maybe Comp, Edelbrock saw writing on the wall, specifically the word 'electric' & are getting out while the going is good...

IC engines probably another 10-20 yrs before electric takes over & only limited interest in new IC engine parts.
Gonna be many decades out before IC engines are put out to pasture.
 

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Or retail customers willing to pay for that high level of skill.
Money isn't the issue. There's just no skilled machinists that want to work. The last couple of guys I tried to train, didn't have the math skills to do the job. Adding and Subtracting 3 points past the decimal, was beyond their ability.
 

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Money isn't the issue. There's just no skilled machinists that want to work. The last couple of guys I tried to train, didn't have the math skills to do the job. Adding and Subtracting 3 points past the decimal, was beyond their ability.

Anyone with kids understands why. The way they're teaching these days is 95% test prep for some form or other of "standardized testing", they aren't taught anything with any form of repetition to retain it and what they are taught is complete garbage stuff like "common core".

My 9-yo's math homework is often difficult for me to understand and I went all the way through calculus 2 in college. Doing "box method" multiplication/division that has 20 stupid steps to it and she can't figure it out, yet I show her simple over/under as we were taught and she has no issues doing it on her own after one single example problem. :mad:
 

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Actually, no.
We're running at full capacity now, and it's extremely hard to find skilled labor to run manual cam grinders. True machinists are a dying breed. Thanks to CNC machines, we've got a bunch of people who are parts loaders and unloaders, with zero feel or skill.

How far out on BBC cams are you?
 

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Anyone with kids understands why. The way they're teaching these days is 95% test prep for some form or other of "standardized testing", they aren't taught anything with any form of repetition to retain it and what they are taught is complete garbage stuff like "common core".

My 9-yo's math homework is often difficult for me to understand and I went all the way through calculus 2 in college. Doing "box method" multiplication/division that has 20 stupid steps to it and she can't figure it out, yet I show her simple over/under as we were taught and she has no issues doing it on her own after one single example problem. :mad:
What I don't get is how both our countries move backwards at the same time. Same bullshit here. I'm building a garage and two lads are 20 years old, good workers but no idea how to read a tape measure and it's their job, lol. "Three ticks past 3 feet". I said what, big ticks or little ticks FFS. So I show him how to read a tape and realize half way through that he doesn't know what a fraction is. So I learned how to read ticks! We call that accommodating here.
 
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