The Ford GT is an American mid-engine two-seater sports car manufactured and marketed by Ford for model year 2005 in conjunction with the company's 2003 centenary. The Ford GT began production again from the 2017 model year; the GT recalls Ford's significant GT40, a consecutive four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966. The Ford GT began life as a concept car designed in anticipation of the automaker's centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its "heritage" names such as Mustang and Thunderbird. At the 2002 North American International Auto Show, Ford unveiled a new GT40 Concept car. Camilo Pardo, the head of Ford's "Living Legends" studio, is credited as the chief designer of the GT and worked under the guidance of J Mays. Carroll Shelby, the original designer of the Shelby GT 500, was brought in by Ford to help develop the GT. While under development, the project was called Petunia; the GT is similar in outward appearance to the original GT40, but is bigger and most 3 in taller than the original's 40 in overall height.
Although the cars are visually related, there is no similarity between the modern GT and the 1960s GT40 that inspired it. Three pre-production cars were shown to the public in 2003 as part of Ford's centenary celebrations, delivery of the production version called the Ford GT began in the fall of 2004; as the Ford GT was built as part of the company's 100th anniversary celebration, the left headlight cluster was designed to read "100". A British company, Safir Engineering, who built continuation GT40 cars in the 1980s, owned the "GT40" trademark at that time; when production of the continuation cars ended, they sold the excess parts, tooling and trademark to a small Ohio based company called Safir GT40 Spares. This company licensed the use of the "GT40" trademark to Ford for the initial 2002 show car; when Ford decided to put the GT40 concept to production stage, negotiations between the two firms failed, thus the production cars are called the GT. The GT was produced for the 2006 model years.
The car began assembly at Mayflower Vehicle Systems in Norwalk and was painted and assembled by Saleen at their Saleen Special Vehicles facility in Troy, Michigan. The GT is powered by an engine built at Ford's Romeo Engine Plant in Michigan. Installation of the engine and transmission along with interior finishing was handled in the SVT building at Ford's Wixom, Michigan plant. Of the 4,500 cars planned 100 were to be exported to Europe, starting in late 2005. An additional 200 cars were destined for sale in Canada. Production ended in September 2006 without reaching the planned production target. 550 cars were built in 2004, nearly 1,900 in 2005, just over 1,600 in 2006, for a grand total of 4,038 cars. The final 11 car bodies manufactured by Mayflower Vehicle Systems were disassembled, the frames and body panels were sold as service parts; the Wixom Assembly Plant has stopped production of all models as of May 31, 2007. Sales of the GT continued from cars held in storage and in dealer inventories.
When the Ford GT was first announced, the demand outpaced supply, the cars sold for premium prices. The first private sale of Ford's new mid-engine sports car was completed on August 4, 2004, when former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley took delivery of his Midnight Blue 2005 Ford GT. Shirley earned the right to purchase the first production Ford GT at a charity auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Auction after bidding over $557,000. A few other early cars sold for as much as a US$100,000 premium over the suggested retail price of $139,995. Optional equipment available included a McIntosh sound system, racing stripes, painted brake calipers, forged alloy wheels adding $13,500 to the MSRP. During the GT's production run, the car was featured on the cover of the video game Gran Turismo 4, was featured in Need for Speed: ProStreet, as well as being made into physical form in the Transformers: Alternators toyline, which featured realistic cars turning into Cybertronians; the GT won Top Gear's Gas Guzzler of the Year award in 2005.
One of the show's presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, owned a GT and despite reserving high acclaim for the vehicle requested a refund from Ford due to extensive problems with the car's aftermarket alarm system. The Ford GT features many technologies unique at its time including a superplastic-formed frame, aluminum body panels, roll-bonded floor panels, a friction stir welded center tunnel, covered by a magnesium center console, a "ship-in-a-bottle" gas tank, a capless fuel filler system, one-piece door panels, an aluminum engine cover with a one-piece carbon fiber inner panel. Brakes are four-piston aluminum Brembo calipers with cross-drilled and vented rotors at all four corners; when the rear canopy is opened, the rear suspension components and engine are visible. The longitudinal rear mounted Modular 5.4 L V8 engine is all-aluminum alloy engine with an Eaton 2300 Lysholm screw-type supercharger. It features a forged rotating assembly housed in an aluminum block designed for the car. A dry sump oiling system is employed.
The DOHC 4 valves per cylinder heads are a revision of the 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R cylinder heads. The camshafts have unique specifications, with more lift and durati
The Dodge Viper is a sports car manufactured by Dodge, a division of American car manufacturer FCA US LLC from 1991 through 2017, having taken a brief hiatus from 2010–2013. Production of the two-seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly Plant in 1991 and moved to Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in October 1995. Although Chrysler considered ending production because of serious financial problems, on September 14, 2010, the chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced and previewed a new model of the Viper for 2012. In 2014, the Viper was named number 10 on the "Most American Cars" list, meaning 75% or more of its parts are manufactured in the U. S; the Viper was conceived in late 1988 at Chrysler's Advanced Design Studios. The following February, Chrysler president Bob Lutz suggested to Tom Gale at Chrysler Design Center that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra, a clay model was presented to Lutz a few months later. Produced in sheet metal by Metalcrafters, the car appeared as a concept at the North American International Auto Show in 1989.
Public reaction was so enthusiastic that chief engineer Roy Sjoberg was directed to develop it as a standard production vehicle. Sjoberg selected 85 engineers to be "Team Viper", with development beginning in March 1989; the team asked the then-Chrysler subsidiary Lamborghini to cast a prototype aluminum block for the sports car to use in May. The production body was completed with a chassis prototype running in December. Though a V8 engine was first used in the test mule, the V10 engine, which the production car was meant to use, was ready in February 1990. Official approval from Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca came in May 1990. One year Carroll Shelby piloted a pre-production car as the pace vehicle in the Indianapolis 500 race. In November 1991, the car was released to reviewers with the first retail shipments beginning in January 1992; the first prototype was tested in January 1989. It debuted in 1991 with two pre-production models as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 when Dodge was forced to substitute it in place of the Japanese-built Dodge Stealth because of complaints from the United Auto Workers, went on sale in January 1992 as the RT/10 Roadster.
Lamborghini helped with the design of the V10 engine for the Viper, based on the Chrysler's LA V8 engine. A major contributor to the Viper since the beginning was Dick Winkles, the chief power engineer, who had spent time in Italy. Engineered to be a performance car, the Viper contained no exterior-mounted door handles or key cylinders and no air conditioning; the roof was made from canvas, the windows were made from vinyl and used zippers to open and close, much like the Jeep Wrangler. However, the Viper was still equipped with some domestic features, including manually-adjustable sport leather-trimmed bucket seats with lumbar support, an AM-FM stereo cassette player with clock and high fidelity sound system, interior carpeting. Aluminium alloy wheels were larger in diameter due to the larger brakes. A lightweight fiberglass hard roof option on models was available to cover the canvas soft roof, was shipped with each new car. There were no airbags, in the interest of weight reduction. Adjustable performance suspension was an available option for most Vipers.
The engine weighs 711 lb and generates a maximum power output of 400 hp at 4,600 rpm and 465 lb⋅ft at 3,600 rpm, due to the long-gearing allowed by the engine, provides fuel economy at a United States Environmental Protection Agency-rated 12 mpg‑US in the city and 20 mpg‑US on the highway. The body is a tubular steel frame with resin transfer molding fiberglass panels; the car has a curb weight of 3,284 lb and lacks modern driver aids such as traction control and anti-lock brakes. The SR I can accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds, 0–100 mph in 9.2 seconds, can complete the 1⁄4 mile in 12.6 seconds at the speed of 113.8 mph and has a maximum speed of 165 mph. Its large tires allow the car to average close to one lateral g in corners, placing it among the elite cars of its day. However, the car proves tricky to drive at high speeds for the unskilled drivers. Although the 1996 model year is the beginning of the second generation, in the Viper community, the 1996 model of the RT/10 is sometimes referred to as "Generation 1.5" since it saw the carryover of many first-generation parts during the model year while transitioning to second-generation parts.
The roadster relocated the exposed side exhaust pipes to a single muffler at the rear exiting via two large central tailpipes during the middle of the model year, which reduced back pressure, therefore increased the power to 415 hp. Torque would increase by 23 lb⋅ft to 488 lb⋅ft. A removable hardtop was now available along with a sliding glass window; some steel suspension components were replaced by aluminum. In the 1996 model year, Dodge introduced the Viper GTS, a new coupé version of the Viper RT/10. Dubbed the “double bubble”, the roof featured raised sections that looked like bubbles to accommodate the usage of helmets and taking design cues from the Shelby Daytona designed by Pete Brock. More than 90% of the GTS was new in comparison to the RT/10 despite similar looks; the GTS would come with the same 7,990 cc V10 but power would be increased to 450 hp (33
Saleen Automotive known as Saleen /səˈliːn/, is an American manufacturer of specialty high-performance sports cars and high-performance automotive parts. Saleen is headquartered in Corona, California, USA. On June 26, 2013 Saleen Automotive, Inc became public through a reverse merger, it is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board and is controlled and majority owned by Saleen brand founder Steve Saleen. Saleen's flagship car was the Saleen S7, introduced in 2000; the S7 was wholly built by Saleen and features a mid-engine design in a high-performance supercar package. It is currently the only Saleen production car not based on an existing design or chassis. Saleen manufactures the S302, a Ford F-150-based Saleen Sportruck and Saleen S1, a new Saleen supercar, a limited run successor to the S7 supercar, the S7 LM; the Saleen brand was established in 1983 as Saleen Autosport by Steve Saleen, a former professional Formula Atlantic race car driver. The 1st Saleen was produced in 1984 when they built 3 cars as the first production run – a white hatchback, a copper glow hatchback, a black hatchback.
In 1985, Steve Saleen put the first certified supercharger on a production Saleen Mustang. This car was delivered to Nault Ford in Manchester, NH and was the first use of a centrifugal supercharger on the late model Mustang. In 1986, the Saleen made its entry into the Sport Car Club of America Race Series with a race prepped version of the Saleen Mustang. A notable win that year at the grueling 24 Hours of Mosport was the catalyst for Saleen vehicles becoming involved in motorsport throughout the rest of the 1980s. By 1990, in response to increased aftermarket parts demand, Saleen established Saleen Performance Parts as an independent operation. In 1994, Saleen debuted the S351. Despite the Mustang GT changing to the modular V8 in 1996, Saleen continued with development of their own EPA-certified 351W engine. In 1995, Steve Saleen teamed up with comedian Tim Allen and formed the Saleen-Allen “RRR” Speedlab race team. In 1997, Saleen introduced an SUV, the Saleen XP8 Explorer. In the late 1990s, the company was restructured and became Saleen, Inc..
In 2000, Saleen introduced the Saleen S7 supercar. The S7 is a mid-engine, high-performance sports car, priced at just under US$400,000; the S7 won four different GT championships in 2001 and has broken records at the prestigious 24-Hour Le Mans race. The S7 was Saleen's only production car not based on chassis. In 2001, Saleen moved its production facilities to a new 100,000 square foot facility in Irvine, CA, USA. In 2002, Saleen was awarded the assembly and paint contract for the new Ford supercar, the Ford GT; this made Saleen a Tier 1 supplier to Ford Motor Company. In 2003, Saleen set up a special manufacturing and licensing agreement for distribution of Saleen vehicles in Canada. In 2004, Saleen expanded its operations and manufacturing to an additional 203,000 square foot facility in Troy, MI, USA; the new $15M production facility included a high-tech paint facility and assembly line where Saleen produced the Ford GT under contract from Ford Motor Company. In 2005, global distribution was expanded to include Japan under a new partnership with a Tokyo based importer.
In 2006, Saleen opened its first own branded retail store in an outdoor shopping center in Irvine, California. The showroom was described as a unique shopping experience for Saleen vehicles and apparel. In 2007, Saleen supplied all the paint work for the new Dodge Viper. In 2010, 2011 Saleen Mustang was made in Detroit by Revstone, the company that purchased and produced 42 Saleens those years. Steve Saleen was selling Mustangs under the SMS name tag as he did not own the name Saleen. At the end of 2011, there was an agreement between Ford and Steve Saleen to let him start producing under the Saleen name again. In 2013, Saleen entered into a merger; that year it was announced that the Saleen operations, manufacturing, R&D, paint facilities would be consolidated to an expansive four acre campus in Southern California. In 2014, Saleen entered into an agreement to expand vehicle distribution to include China. In August 2014, Saleen unveiled an all-electric performance model, the FOURSIXTEEN. In 2016, There has been much talk among Saleen fans about the possibility of an all electric version of Saleen's signature car, the S7.
There has been speculation that an electric version, being dubbed'S7E', could be under development utilizing drivetrain and electronics from the Tesla Model S platform. It has been noted that Saleen has previous experience with the Model S platform, in their modified version the Saleen GTX, which Saleen offers in their current product lineup; these are special vehicles made by Saleen, that were either non-production models, concept vehicles, or non-serialized versions. The aftermarket parts department of the company markets car parts and accessories such as custom wheels, exhaust systems and other high-performance parts. Superchargers Series I – This was the first supercharger system created by Saleen, it was engineered with an Eaton Roots-type supercharger in 1998. Series II – Launched in 2001, the Series II supercharger was a newer generation Eaton M90 roots-type. Series III – This was a larger version of the Eaton supercharger. Going from 90 ci of displacement to 112 ci. Series IV – The Series IV switched from a roots-type supercharger to a twin screw-type.
This version had 1.6L of displacement. Series V – This marked the first forced-induction system developed in-house by Saleen a
Troy is a city located in Metropolitan Detroit's northern suburbs in Oakland County in the U. S. state of Michigan. The population was 80,980 at the 2010 census, making it the 11th-largest city in Michigan by population, the largest city in Oakland County. Troy has become a business and shopping destination in the Metro Detroit area, with numerous office centers and the upscale Somerset Collection mall. In 2011, Troy was ranked the safest city in Michigan, as well as the 19th safest city in the nation. In 2008, Troy was ranked 22nd on a list of "Best Places to Live" in the United States by CNN Money, using criteria including housing, quality of education, economic strength, recreational opportunities. In 2008, Troy ranked as the fourth most affordable U. S. city with a median household income of $79,000. The earliest recorded purchases of land in what was known as Troy Township occurred in 1819. A couple of years a settlement known as Troy Corners was established due to Johnson Niles buying 160 acres in the region.
The area is the north-central area of Troy. In 1827 Troy Township was established. In 1955 Troy was incorporated as a strategy for preventing border cities from taking more land. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.64 square miles, of which 33.47 square miles is land and 0.17 square miles is water. The latitude of Troy is 42.605 N, the longitude is 83.15 W. The mean elevation is 748 ft; the Troy Historic Village is a interactive historical museum chronicling the different stages of Troy's progression from its first settlers to the city it has become today. Located at the corners of Livernois Road and Wattles Road, the village is located behind the old city hall building. Open year-round, the village has ten original, complete structures which patrons may enter and observe how they functioned in the past and how they were decorated, as all buildings are full of artifacts from that period; each structure is original and was painstakingly moved from its original location to the museum intact.
Starting with a log and mud structure used by the first settlers, there is an 18th-century schoolhouse and estate, a general store, a blacksmith's shop, a church along with the pastor's home, the old city hall, which acts as a general museum. There is a gazebo in the center of the square which will host parties and period bands during annual festivities. Many schools from around the area plan field trips to the museum, the church is available for weddings. In the summer of 2005, to commemorate the city's 50th anniversary, ceramic beaver statues, each standing four feet high, were displayed at various locations in the city; the beaver is the symbol of Troy, the city's main commercial thoroughfare is named after it. Troy is home to two of the largest Protestant churches in the USA, Kensington Community Church and Woodside Bible Church; the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Metropolis of Detroit is headquartered in Troy. In 2003, Troy was named Michigan's Sportstown by Sports Illustrated magazine for having the top community sports programs in the state.
In addition to the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, regional newspapers serving all of southeast Michigan, the city is served by the Daily Tribune, the Observer & Eccentric, the Troy Beacon, the Troy Times, the Troy-Somerset Gazette and, most Troy Patch. The Troy Eccentric newspaper edition ceased publication in 2009. Troy is a thriving center of business in the automotive and financial sectors, is home to a number of major companies. Troy has the second highest cumulative property value in Michigan, second only to Detroit. Troy is home to the Somerset Collection mall, featuring a skywalk and over 180 stores, the Oakland Mall; the Top of Troy is the city's tallest building with offices of PNC Financial Services. Bank of America maintains a major operations center in Troy. Planners have proposed the Pavilions of Troy project for the city, a landscaped square with boulevards lined with upscale shops, offices, a theater, condominiums. In 2012 Mahindra & Mahindra opened a technical center in Troy.
Altair Engineering Anchor Bay Entertainment Bank of America Behr America Champion Homes Dayco Delphi DuPont Automotive Entertainment Publications Flagstar Bank iCONMA LLC Inteva Products J. D. Power and Associates Kelly Services The Kresge Foundation Magna Powertrain Mahindra & Mahindra Meritor Molina Healthcare North American Bancard Olga's Kitchen Plastic Omnium Plex Systems Rexair RHK Technology, Inc. Saleen Special Vehicles SAE International Sonic Alert Specter Werkes/Sports SRG Global STANLEY Black and Decker Syntel ThyssenKrupp USA Tyler Technologies ViSalus The Woodbridge Company Ziebart HTC Global Services import Arbor Drugs was headquartered in Troy until it was acquired by CVS Corporation in 1998 for an estimated $1.48 billion, in the process making CVS the largest chain-drug retailer in the Detroit market. Frank's Nursery & Crafts was an arts and crafts chain spanning 14 states, headquartered in Troy after being acquired by General Host Corporation in 1983; the company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, became defunct soon after.
Kmart was headquartered in Troy until it acquired Sears in 2005, establishing itself in the former Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Its massive headquarters still remain, though they had been scheduled for demolition and the creation of a landscaped square with boulevards lined with upscale shops, offices, a theater, condominiums. Genicom had a manufacturing
Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film based on the toy line of the same name. The film, which combines computer animation with live-action filming, was directed by Michael Bay, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer, it was produced by Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto, is the first installment in the live-action Transformers film series. The film stars Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, a teenager who gets caught up in a war between the heroic Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, two factions of alien robots who can disguise themselves by transforming into everyday machinery vehicles; the Autobots intend to use the AllSpark, the object that created their robotic race, to rebuild their home planet Cybertron and end the war, while the Decepticons have the intention of using it to build an army by giving life to the machines of Earth. Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro, Jon Voight star, while voice actors Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively.
Murphy and DeSanto developed the project in 2003, DeSanto wrote a treatment. Steven Spielberg came on board the following year, hiring Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman to write the screenplay; the U. S. Armed Forces and General Motors loaned vehicles and aircraft during filming, which saved money for the production and added realism to the battle scenes. Hasbro's promotional campaign for the film included deals with various companies. Transformers received mixed reviews from fans, it is the 87th highest-grossing film of all-time and was the fifth highest-grossing film of 2007, grossing $709 million worldwide, with an estimated 46 million tickets sold in the US. The film won four awards from the Visual Effects Society and was nominated for three Academy Awards, for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects. LaBeouf's performance was praised by Empire, Cullen's reprisal of Optimus Prime from the 1980s television series was well received by fans, it was soon followed by four sequels and a prequel: Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, Age of Extinction, The Last Knight, Bumblebee.
Several thousand years ago, the planet Cybertron was consumed by a civil war between the two Transformer factions, the Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons led by Megatron. Optimus jettisoned the AllSpark, a mystical artifact that brings life to the planet, into space, but Megatron pursued it. Megatron crashed onto Earth, landing in the Arctic Circle and froze, was discovered in 1895 by explorer Archibald Witwicky. Witwicky inadvertently activated Megatron's navigational system, which etched the AllSpark's coordinates into his glasses; the glasses end up in the possession of his great-great-grandson Sam Witwicky. In the present, Blackout attacks and destroys a United States military base in Qatar in a failed attempt to hack the military network to find information on Megatron and the AllSpark. A surviving team of Army Rangers led by Captain William Lennox escape across the desert, pursued by Blackout's drone Scorponok, they fight Scorponok off, aided by aerial reinforcements, travel home with Scorponok's stinger, discovering sabot rounds damaged its armor.
At the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense John Keller leads the investigation into the attack. Sound analyst Maggie Madsen catches another Decepticon, hacking into the military network while onboard Air Force One. While the hack is thwarted, Frenzy downloads files on Archibald's glasses, tracking down Sam with Barricade, disguised as a police car. Meanwhile, Sam buys his first car, a rusting Chevrolet Camaro, but discovers it has a life of its own. Sam and his high school crush Mikaela Banes are rescued from Barricade and Frenzy by the Camaro who turns out to be Autobot scout Bumblebee, who has to communicate through his car radio due to being mute. Sending a beacon to his fellow Autobots, Bumblebee takes Sam and Mikaela to meet Optimus Prime, Jazz and Ratchet. Optimus explains the details of the situation, revealing that if Megatron gained the AllSpark he would transform Earth's machinery into a new army and exterminate mankind. Sam and the Autobots travel to Sam's house to retrieve the glasses, but they are captured by agents of Sector Seven, a top-secret paramilitary government branch, led by Seymour Simmons.
The Autobots stop the agents, but they call for backup, who take Sam and Bumblebee into custody, while Optimus obtains the glasses, uses them to locate the Allspark. The humans respectfully connected to the Transformers are gathered together at Hoover Dam by Sector Seven's director Tom Banachek, who reveals Megatron, still frozen, the AllSpark. Frenzy, who smuggled away in Mikaela's bag, disables Megatron’s cryonics system and summons Starscream, who in turn summons Brawl and Bonecrusher, killed by Optimus on a highway. Bumblebee is released to protect the AllSpark, shrinking it to a handheld size so it can be transported to safety. Megatron escapes the dam after thawing out. Frenzy attacks Secretary Keller and Agent Simmons in the Dam's radio room, trying to prevent them from summoning the Air Force, but is decapitated by his own ricocheting shuriken. A lengthy battle occurs in Mission City, with Blackout and Brawl dying at the hands of the military and Bumblebee respectively. However, Megatron prevents Sam's attempted escape with the AllSpark.
Optimus arrives to protect Sam, engages in a battle against Megatron, with the latter getting the upper hand. Optimus tells Sam to push the cube into h
Stephen Mark "Steve" Saleen is an American businessman and former racing driver. He is best known for being the founder and former vice chairman of Saleen, Inc. named Saleen Autosport, an OEM manufacturer of specialty vehicles including the Saleen S7 and modified Ford Mustangs. Born in Inglewood, a 1967 graduate of Whittier High School in Whittier, Saleen worked at his father's manufacturing business before attending the University of Southern California and graduating with a degree in business. With an interest in fast cars sparked by his father's purchase of a Porsche, Steve joined the Porsche Owners Club and worked his way up through the ranks of club racing, which led to a career in professional racing, he entered the Formula Atlantic series where, in 1980, he finished third in the final standings behind eventual champion Jacques Villeneuve. He progressed on to the SCCA Trans-Am Series in 1982. From here, a passion for one of Ford's most famous automobiles begin to manifest itself. Saleen formed Saleen Autosport in 1983 and set to building the first Saleen Mustang, equipped with special aerodynamic and handling packages and a redesigned interior.
The car was completed in 1984 and was tested against the world's top sports cars with great success, finishing first in its class at the Mosport 24-hour race that year. In 1995, Saleen formed a race team with comedian Tim Allen and fellow race driver Bob Bondurant, called Saleen/Allen "RRR" Speedlab; the team raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCCA World Challenge, with Saleen and Allen themselves as the drivers. In 1996, Saleen was inducted into the Mustang Hall of Fame. In March 2007 Steve Saleen resigned from Saleen, Inc. the company he founded in 1984, to pursue other business opportunities in the automotive sector. On March 13, 2008 Steve Saleen announced the formation of "SMS Supercars", Lifestyle Performance Automobiles. Through the years of building the reputation behind each automotive company brand, Saleen maintained close participation throughout product development and marketing, he announced that the focus of SMS is with the high-end of the American Muscle Car and Global Supercar markets.
In April 2009, Saleen announced that SMS Supercars will voluntarily honor the warranties of vehicles manufactured by the now-defunct Saleen, Inc. Nearly 5 years after resigning from Saleen, Inc. on April 2, 2012 Steve Saleen announced that he is once again associated with the Saleen automotive brand. Saleen lives in Coto de Caza, with his wife Elizabeth, he has 3 adult children all of whom work for SMS Supercars. Saleen's three adult children worked for him at Saleen, Inc prior to his departure from that company. Saleen Site SMS Supercars Site
Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. known as The Stanley Works, is a Fortune 500 American manufacturer of industrial tools and household hardware and provider of security products and locks headquartered in the greater Hartford city of New Britain, Connecticut. Stanley Black & Decker is the result of the merger of Stanley Works and Black & Decker on March 12, 2010; the company came to existence as a direct result of the 1920 merger of Stanley's Bolt Manufactory, founded by Frederick Trent Stanley in 1843, the Stanley Rule and Level Company, founded by Frederick's cousin, Henry Stanley, in 1857. During World War II, Stanley Works received the Army-Navy "E" Award for excellence in war production. In May 2002, the company considered moving its corporate headquarters to Bermuda, but public and governmental outcry forced management to reconsider the move. By August 2002, the company had decided to maintain its incorporation in the United States. John F. Lundgren was elected as chairman and chief executive officer in 2004, replacing John Trani, a former protégé of Jack Welch at General Electric.
The Hardware & Home Improvement Group, including the Kwikset, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister and EZSET brands, was acquired by Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. on December 17, 2012. In July 2016, CEO John F. Lundgren stepped down, with President and COO James M. Loree taking over as CEO. 1937: Stanley Works entered the UK market with the acquisition of J. A. Chapman of Sheffield, England. 1946: Stanley Works acquired North Brothers Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1963: Stanley started operations in Australia as Stanley-Titan when it bought a 50% share of Titan, a subsidiary of BHP. 1966: Stanley Works acquired Vidmar Cabinets in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 1970: Stanley-Titan acquired Turner Tools, based in Melbourne, Australia. 1980: Stanley Works acquired Mac Tools. 1984: Stanley Works purchased Proto from Ingersoll Rand and it becomes Stanley Proto. 1986: Stanley Works acquired Bostitch from Textron. 1990: Stanley Works acquired Goldblatt and ZAG Industries.
1990: Acquired Sidchrome Tool Co. head-quartered in Melbourne, Australia. Closed plant in 1996 and started to move all tool manufacturing to Taiwan, whilst sourcing various items from Proto in the USA due to supply of left-over Australian-made tools being sold out until all manufacturing was established in Taiwan. 1992: Stanley Works purchased the Chatsworth, California-based Monarch Mirror Door Co. Inc. an American manufacturer of sliding and folding mirror-doors. 2000: Stanley Works acquired Blick of Swindon, England, a UK integrator of security solutions and time-management solutions, CST Berger. 2002: In October, Stanley Works acquired Best Access Systems of Indianapolis, for $310 million. The acquisition prompted the creation of a new Access Controls Group for Stanley. Further additions to this new working group included Blick. 2004: In January, Stanley announced plans to acquire Frisco Bay Industries Ltd. a Canadian provider of security integration services, for $45.3 million. In December, the acquisition of ISR Solutions, Inc. headquartered in Washington, D.
C. was announced. ISR Solutions provides the U. S. federal government and commercial customers with access security system services. 2005: In January, the acquisition of Security Group, Inc. was announced. Security Group was composed of two primary operating companies: Sargent & Greenleaf, Inc. a manufacturer of locks. An additional acquisition of Precision Hardware was made in 2005. 2006: Stanley furthered its corporate assets in the security market by acquiring HSM Electronic Protection Systems after it had been spun off from Honeywell in compliance with pre-emptive Securities and Exchange Commission antitrust rulings. In the meantime, the company obtained security contracts as the primary contractor to secure three NASA spaceflight centers. Stanley Works acquired Facom'. 2007: Late in the year, Stanley acquired OSI Security of Chula Vista, California, a provider of battery-operated wireless lock technology and supplies to government and healthcare industries. 2008: Stanley acquired Beach Toolbox Industries, headquartered in Smith Falls, Canada closed the plant.
2008: In June, Stanley announced the acquisition of Sonitrol, which provides security systems that use audio listening devices as the primary means of intrusion detection. Stanley acquired Xmark Corporation, which provides radio frequency identification solutions in healthcare environments; as of 2008, many of the Stanley Security Services divisions were being integrated under the HSM brand. 2009: On November 2, Stanley announced a merger with Black & Decker and DeWalt tools. The merger was completed on March 12, 2010. 2010: In July, the company announced the acquisition of CRC-Evans Pipeline International. CRC-Evans provides total project support for pipeline construction contractors with automatic welding and other pipeline construction specific equipment and personnel. 2011: On September 9, the acquisition of Niscayah was complete. 2012: On January 1, the acquisition of Lista North America, headquartered in Holliston, was completed. 2012: On June 1, the acquisition of Powers Fasteners, headquartered in Brewster, New York, was completed.
2012: On June 5, the acquisition of AeroScout, Inc. headquartered in Redwood City, was completed. 2016: Stanley Black & Decker announced in October that it acquired the Irwin and Hilmor tool brands for $1.95 billion from Newell Brands. 2017: On January 5, news reports indicated that it would acquire the Craftsman brand from KCD, LLC. Subsequent reports by Blo