What happened to Tecumseh?

Recently we received the following comment on one of our blog posts.

What has happened to the long-time small engine manufacturer – Tecumseh?

I have an old Troy-Bilt tiller made by the Troy-Bilt Company (now made by some other company – MTD?).
This tiller has a Tecumseh engine. When the need arises, where will I be be able to get repair/replacement parts for it – if at all?

So lets take a quick run down memory lane with a bit of a history lesson.

Old Wagon Wheel

Lauson Manufacturing Company is founded by John Lauson.

Tecumseh Products Company is founded by tool and die maker Raymond Herrick. Raymond planned to apply Henry Ford’s concepts of automobile mass production to refrigeration compressors.

With the outbreak of World War II, Tecumseh Products Company was called upon to aid in the war effort by manufacturing artillery shells for the Allied Forces.

WW II Jeep

With the end of World War II, Tecumseh Products Company returns to manufacturing refrigeration compressors.  It soon expands into manufacturing compressors for residential and commercial air conditioning units.

VJ Day Kiss
August 14, 1945, “Victory over Japan Day,” during a parade in Times Square Alfred Eisenstaedt Via Wikipedia

Tecumseh Products Company purchased the Lauson Manufacturing Company. By the time of the purchase, Lauson Manufacturing Company had grown into one of the largest manufacturers of small gasoline engines in the United States. After the purchase, Tecumseh Products Company reorganized most of the Lauson Manufacturing Company using the assets to create Tecumseh Power Company.

Liquid Combustion Technology (LCT) is founded by in Travelers Rest, SC.

Tecumseh Products relocated from Tecumseh, Michigan to Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan.

Tecumseh Power Company’s former gasoline engine and powertrain product lines are sold to Platinum Equity, LLC which continues to do business as Tecumseh Power.

Tecumseh Products Company closes its small engine manufacturing division and sells off its Peerless transmissions business unit to Husqvarna Outdoor Products.

Tecumseh officially closed its doors in February when Platinum Equity announces that Tecumseh Power Company had sold certain assets of its engine business to Certified Parts Corporation (CPC) of Janesville, WI, including all existing and unfinished engine parts inventory, tools to make finished product and certain intellectual property assets.

CPC also assumes responsibility for warranty of previously manufactured Tecumseh engines.

In an interview on February 10, 2009, Certified Parts Corporation President Jim Grafft stated “that he plans to move the engine operation to Rock County, Wisconsin, where he owns three facilities in Janesville and one in Edgerton, and will initially supply parts for Tecumseh Power engines. Grafft also said that his company could eventually resume engine production, which Tecumseh Power ceased in December 2008”.

Certified Parts Corporation (CPC) enters into an agreement with Liquid Combustion Technology (LCT) to jointly manufacture air-cooled engines for the outdoor power equipment market. The agreement provided CPC with engineering, manufacturing, and sales capabilities allowing it to reintroduce the Snow King line of snow thrower engines and other engines formerly manufactured and sold by Tecumseh Power. The engines are exclusively represented by LCT, and sold under the Snow King, Lauson, and LCT brands and serviced exclusively by CPC and the existing Tecumseh Power dealer/distributor network. Traditionally, the Snow King line of engines has powered more snowthrowers than all other brands combined.

LCT’s horizontal 4-stroke gasoline engine offering was extended by this agreement and allowed CPC and LCT to provide single cylinder and V-twin vertical engines to outdoor power equipment manufacturers. According to Larry Zeman, VP of Winter Engine Products for LCT, “This establishes LCT as an engine manufacturer of choice as it continues to engineer a new generation of power.”

In short, Tecumseh engines and parts are currently manufactured by LCT, CPC and Lauson Engines.

Useful Links:

Lauson Parts Lookup

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