Auto parts maker Edelbrock, with 270 employees, closing Torrance facility – Daily News

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Edelbrock Group, a Southern California-based manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket auto parts, will soon be shuttering its Torrance headquarters which employs 270 workers.

In a recent notice sent to the state Employment Development Department, the company said employee layoffs would begin Jan. 15 and end March 31. The closure will affect 217 hourly workers and 53 salaried employees.

The Torrance facility includes executive offices as well as sales, advertising and marketing departments. The facility also has a state-of-the-art research and development department, testing facilities and manufacturing operations.

Neva Burke, Edelbrock’s vice president of human resources, didn’t give a reason for the Torrance shutdown in her letter to the EDD, although she said some of the operations will be relocated to the company’s casting foundries in San Jacinto.

She didn’t reveal how many displaced workers, if any, might be shifted to that location. Edelbrock is owned by Evanston, Ill.-based Industrial Opportunity Partners, which also declined to discuss the Torrance closure.

Edelbrock designs, manufactures, distributes and markets a wide range of aftermarket products, including intake manifolds, carburetors, camshafts, cylinder heads, exhaust systems, shock absorbers and other components designed for most domestic V8 and select V6 engines.

Edelbrock’s website lists six company locations, including the headquarters in Torrance, two casting foundries in San Jacinto, a distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss., a carburetor factory in Sanford, N.C. and the Edelbrock Race Center in Mooresville, N.C.

In February 2020, Industrial Opportunity Partners acquired COMP Performance Group, whose automotive brands include COMP Cams, TCI Automotive, FAST, ZEX and Inglese.

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