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Unhappy Crane Cams closing up shop..

Sad to see one of the older performance companies go under...

By JIM WITTERS
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DAYTONA BEACH — Crane Cams, a 56-year-old auto parts manufacturer, closed its doors this week and laid off its employees, a worker said today.

The news took Volusia County’s top economic development officer by surprise. City, county and state officials were working with Crane Cams and officials from its New Jersey parent, Mikronite Technologies, to keep the company open and in the community.

“We were trying to help them through this transition,” said Rick Michael, Volusia County economic development director. “They were considering a transfer of ownership. We were not expecting any closure.”

An automated voice mail system at Crane’s plant on Fentress Boulevard announced at midday today the company was closed and suggested calling back during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A call to Mikronite’s New Jersey offices produced similar results. Six cars sat in the parking lot early this afternoon at the local plant, which employed 220 just three years ago.

Inside the lobby, a reception desk sat empty. A call from the lobby phone got an answer from Dennis Burgess, who declined to comment and said no one at the plant could provide information.

In the parking lot, 14-year employee Ronald Dorn was leaving the plant for what he believed was the last time

He said workers were told during the past week that layoffs were likely, but he didn’t expect the plant to close.

Mikronite received approval in 2006 to receive tax rebates from the state and the county amid discussion about moving its New Jersey operations here. But the company ended its contract with the state in 2008 due to nonperformance, Michael said.

“Crane has gone through a series of small layoffs recently,” he said.

Crane Cams and Crane Technologies Group were founded by Harvey J. Crane Jr. in 1953 as Crane Engineering Inc. in Hallandale. The company is well known in high-performance and racing circles for its line of camshafts and engine valve train components.

In 1979, Crane Cams became an employee-owned company. Some operations moved to Daytona Beach in 1981, with the remainder of the operation and employees relocating here in 1985.

Mikronite, an industrial technology firm, bought Crane in 2006.

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that sucks.

but real engines don't have cams anyhow :p

seriously tho, that sucks, Crane are an old name in the business.

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but real engines don't have cams anyhow :p
Huh? Every engine I know of has a cam..

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Ya I've used a fair number of Crane cams over the years They're quality gear.

Guess from now on it's Crower.

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OK 2 strokes, aaaaaand maybe, uh, rotory engines..Ya got me...

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Hey guys don't forget the truck company in the US that has been testing computer controlled valving on its diesel engines. They've even raced at Pikes Peak they don't need no stinking camshafts.
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Then there's the old steam powered cars..

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Sucks. Good company with quality parts and service


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It is a shock to read of this. A trusted performance company since the early muscle cars era going under. I wonder who's next?
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Jegge or Summit? lets hope not.

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Junior I was actually thinking more along the line of older school: Crower, Isky and Lunati cams for example
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ya, it's a definite possibility. I hope it doesn't happen but in an economic downturn like this, it sure as shit sucks to be in a niche market.

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Junior I was actually thinking more along the line of older school: Crower, Isky and Lunati cams for example
I would say Lunati and Isky to tank fast. Crower is still doing pretty well. They are heavy favorites for alot of street cars these days.


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Crower are great cams and innovators. There's a hell of a lot of hotrod stuff out there beyond just camshafts tho. How would we react if MSD folded?

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There would be a worldwide uproar if MSD was left to fold. Holy shit that is a staggering thought Junior.
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yup. And they're hit just as hard by this as Crane were, it's hard on the whole industry.

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Wow! That really sucks.......... Every valve train use to be Crane for me(family too for that matter), this last one is all gmpp thou. Dam, they could have used my money from that one

Sure miss the days everybody was out working on there own stuff.
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Sure miss the days everybody was out working on there own stuff.
You said it.

And calling in asking for a specially cut cam, because they figure they've got a way to make some extra grunt.

These days everyone jsut does whatever his neighbour or the magazine, or worse, some stranger from the internet tells him to do.

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