11 million gladhands and counting for Sloan

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Sloan Transportation Products, a producer of gladhands for the heavy-duty marketplace, recently surpassed the 11 million mark in gladhands manufactured by the company. To celebrate the achievement, Sloan presented a plaque to Thomas Winkeljohn, president of the Ohio Automotive Supply Co. in Findlay, Ohio. The award signified that Ohio Automotive was the purchaser of the 11th million gladhand sold by Sloan.

“We are excited to celebrate this milestone event for our company,” says Doug Thomson, vice president of sales and marketing for Holland, Mich.-based Sloan Transportation Products. “No other company goes to such great lengths to give our customers the styles and features of gladhands that satisfy their demanding needs.”

Ohio Automotive Supply was founded in 1945 by Ed Winkeljohn along with his brother, Walter, and his brother-in-law, Jim Tebbe. Ohio Automotive provides parts and supplies to the automotive, truck and industrial markets, and remains family-owned and managed under the direction of its current owners, Tom and Ted Winkeljohn. In the early 1970s, Ohio Automotive began to expand into the heavy-duty truck and trailer business; since that time, the heavy-duty market has been a major part of its business. “We have enjoyed many great relationships with our customers and our suppliers in the heavy-duty parts market,” says Tom Winkeljohn. “We owe all of our success to our customers and our employees.”

Sloan, which offers a complete lineup of OE-quality heavy-duty gladhands, says it produced the industry’s first swing-away/shut-off gladhand and was responsible for integration of the wear plate into the molded body for extended life. Sloan gladhands also feature a choice of polyurethane or rubber seals; options such as filters, a choice of hookup location and nylon or copper fittings; service, emergency or universal configurations; and a mounting gasket to help prevent corrosion. As part of Sloan’s MaxxDuty catalog, the company offers powder-coated, swing-away/shut-off and cast-iron gladhands, and polyurethane gladhand seals.

For more information, go to www.sloantrans.com.