In an unprecedented expansion move that is sure to have a resounding and positive impact on Hot Rod and other automotive enthusiasts worldwide, Belt Drives Limited in Anaheim California has announced the purchase of Blower Drive Service.
The purchase is a natural extension of the BDL family of companies as Steve Yetzke, BDL President and CEO has a long history with supercharger drive units. Back in early 70’s working at his father’s company Pacific Broach, Steve was involved with the design and manufacturing of blower drive gears for many of the historic blower manufacturers including Cragar, which has become a household name among the motorcycling community as the premier manufacturer of custom and replacement belt drive units and components for Harley Davidson and similar V-Twin drivelines.
Founded by the Railsback family in 1969, BDS prospered due to the family’s dedication and hands-on involvement in motorsports of all types. With foresight and constant input from their clients BDS became well-known for exceptional quality, performance and reliability. That position will be enhanced many fold by the merger with BDL.
Some insight into Yetzke’s total personal involvement and successful business practice is evident in the fact that the entire staff at BDS will remain in place including Norma Iskendarian as GM and Craig Railsback in special projects.
Yetzke’s immediate goal is to take BDS to the next level by increasing manufacturing output significantly and manufacturing each and every component new and in the USA. Many blower manufacturers put Used Parts such as Rotors and Gears and even Bearing Plates into new Blower Cases.
The increase in manufacturing output will insure that customers will be able to walk through the door at BDS and purchase a complete blower drive assembly or replacement parts right off the shelf. As one of his first actions orders to the foundry went from 30 Blower Cases to 200 cases Also there are 1,000’s of Pulleys and Belts in stock.
In 2010 Yetzke purchased a new 50,000 sq ft building in Anaheim. The building was virtually stripped and rebuilt using state of the art fittings and accommodations. The shop at BDL house no less than 50 CNC machines which work in conjunction with an army of Gear cutting and Broaching machinery, in a spotless, worker friendly environment. This location will assume select machine duties while the original BDS facility in Whittier, just 19 miles from BDL, will remain the company’s premier facility for sales and service.
The assimilation of BDS will provide BDL with a huge footprint in in the Los Angeles market for all of its companies including:; Belt Drives LTD, Blower Drive Service, JAMAR and GMA.