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Race Winning Brands Acquires MGP Connecting Rods

MGP represents the fifth add-on acquisition for Race Winning Brands.


Pictured (left to right) Bob Fox, Darcell Giannone, Anthony Giannone, Brian Reese

Race Winning Brands Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, LLC has acquired Giannone Performance Products Inc. dba MGP Connecting Rods, a premium manufacturer of high-performance aluminum connecting rods. MGP represents the fifth add-on acquisition for Race Winning Brands.


Race Winning Brands (RWB) is a manufacturer of high-performance and racing-related components sold to the automotive and powersports markets. RWB is headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, and markets its products globally through a portfolio of leading brands, including JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend Performance, Dart Machinery, Rekluse Motor Sports, Falicon Racing and ProX Racing Parts.

Founded in 1996, MGP has emerged as one of the leading manufacturers of aluminum connecting rods for the racing and high-performance markets. By utilizing race-proven design engineering and CNC machining technology, MGP offers designs and quality that surpass the needs of the most demanding engines and engine builders, according to RWB.


Proprietary features, such as cap interlocking serration and small end hard bore technology, provide benefits proven to support the rigors of top tier racing.

“The company is set to reach full potential now as part of the Race Winning Brands family,” said Darcell Giannone, owner and wife of founder Michael Giannone. “I am excited to see the brand continue to grow and prosper in alignment with Michael’s vision for MGP.”

Race Winning Brands CEO Brian Reese stated, “We continue pursuing our vision of leading racers to victory with the best engine parts in the market, MGP is further investment in our expansion to adjacent categories.”


Bob Fox, RWB’s president of Diamond Pistons and Trend Performance, will assume the role of president of MGP Connecting Rods.

“MGP is a leader in aluminum racing rods, technology and manufacturing,” said Fox. “Our plan is to offer customers a high-quality connecting rod that is co-engineered to work perfectly with our pistons.”




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