Prestolite Electric

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Prestolite Electric Inc.
Industry Heavy Duty (automotive)
Founded 1911
Headquarters Plymouth, Michigan, United States
Number of locations
Key people
Dr. Dazong Wang
(interim CEO)
Products Alternators
Starter Motors
Owner Broad Ocean Motor And Ophoenix Capital Management
Divisions North America
Asia Pacific

Prestolite Electric Incorporated is a global manufacturer and supplier of alternators, starters, electrical equipment, and services to the transportation, industrial, military, marine, agricultural and construction industries. The company sells its products to United States defense agencies, OEMs, and aftermarket suppliers under the Indiel, Leece-Neville, and Prestolite Electric brand names. The company operates production and engineering facilities in China, Europe and the United States. Prestolite Electric is privately owned by Broad Ocean Motor And Ophoenix Capital Management.[1]


1911 Electric Autolite was founded. The company produced a generator to power early day auto lamps. Original equipment customers: Studebaker, Packard, and Indiana Buggy Works.[2]
1927 Electric Autolite acquires Prest-O-Lite Battery Company from The Union Carbide Corporation which produced automotive batteries. Electric Autolite's products were expanded to include: Starting Motors, Generators, Regulators, Ignition Systems, Wire and Cable Products, and Spark Plugs.
1961 The name "Autolite" is sold.
1963 Electric Autolite Company merges with the Merganthaler Linotype Company and the Eltra Corporation was formed. Former Autolite phase of company becomes the Prestolite Motor and Ignition Company.
1980 Eltra Corporation is acquired by the Allied Signal Corporation.
1986 Prestolite Motor and Ignition is purchased by investors, forming Prestolite Electric, Inc.
1987 July: Prestolite acquires the Leece-Neville division of Sheller-Globe Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio. The Toledo, Ohio operations become part of the alternator products division.
1987 July: Prestolite acquires Beech Electric Corporation and Beech Electric California, Inc. (Formed Megatron Machinery, Division of Prestolite Remanufacturing).
1987 August: Prestolite acquires RCP Machinery Manufacturing, Inc. and Megatron Industries.
1987 November: Prestolite acquires Butec Limited in Leyland, England (Manufacturer of heavy duty alternators and starting motors).
1988 January 29th: Prestolite acquires Arcade, New York, facility and automotive operations of Motorola primarily consisting of electrical instruments and alternators.
1990–1994 Cleveland, Ohio and Gainesville, Georgia plants of Leece-Neville are merged, and operations are moved to the Arcade, New York facility.
1994–1997 Prestolite Acquires Lucas Electric in UK, Argentina, and South Africa.
1999 Prestolite purchases Robert's Remanufacturing in Garfield, New Jersey.
2001 March: Prestolite Electric (Beijing) Limited "PEBL" was established.
2004 May: First Atlantic Capital acquires Prestolite from Genstar Capital Corporation.
2008 October: Prestolite sells remanufacturing operations back to Robert's Remanufacturing.
2014 January: Broad Ocean Motor acquires Prestolite Electric's China operations (PEBL) and Ophoenix Capital Management (OCM) acquires Prestolite Electric's remaining world operations.[3]

The Prestolite name[edit]

The following companies have been spun off under the Prestolite name and are no longer controlled by Prestolite Electric:[4]

  • Prestolite (spark plugs) "Autolite" name sold in 1961.
  • Prestolite Welding Equipment, formally Hobart Brothers of Troy, Ohio.
  • Prestolite Wire, division was sold in 1985.
  • Prestolite Battery sold to Exide in 1997.[5]

The following Prestolite divisions were sold to Ametek in 2000:[6]

  • Prestolite Motors (specialty direct current motors).
  • Prestolite Switch (instruments, switches & contactors).
  • Prestolite Power (power systems & battery chargers).


  1. ^ "Prestolite Electric Acquired By Broad Ocean Motor And Ophoenix Capital Management". aftermarketNews. 72 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Detailed History". Prestolite Electric Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Prestolite Electric Announces Sale of Global Business". Prestolite Electric. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Knowledge Base Search, Frequently Asked Questions". Prestolite Electric Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Prestolite Meet for Upgradation - Battery Industry". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Path:Search Results for "Prestolite"". ametek. Retrieved 2011-05-03.