Times have changed, and so has Clinton Township-based Katech Inc., which was founded in 1977 to do high-performance engine design and building as well as prototyping and testing. Racing was the primary focus.

Katech engines empowered champions including the likes of A.J. Foyt, Dale Earnhardt (Sr. and Jr.), Jimmy Johnson, Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows to victories on circuits as diverse as NASCAR ovals and the road-and-track layout of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But as client automakers realigned their racing programs, Katech had to shift gears.

Jason Harding manages Katech’s automotive aftermarket division, which in little more than a decade has expanded from less than 5 percent of the company’s business to more than 60 percent, he said.

Read more at The Detroit News.

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